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2016 House Tour: Dining Nook

Earlier this year I finally found the dining table that I’ve been wanting. We used to have a really old oak table that had been passed down to me from my childhood. It was fine but it just wasn’t my style at all. So I passed it on to my sister and bought myself a new one. I found a great dark wood table at IKEA that is big enough to fit all 6 of us with room to add 2 leaves and 6 more chairs! So when we entertain we can fit everyone around one table, which has never happened before! Here’s my philosophy about furniture- I refuse to spend a lot of money on furniture that shares a house with kids. One day I’ll have nice, expensive furniture. Until then I’m happy to spend less than $400 on a table and 6 chairs, accepting that it will probably only last 5 years. 

DR1

I love my new table and chairs so much. The dark wood is perfect with my gel-stained kitchen cabinets. I re-used the same placemats and candlesticks and left the art work on the wall. I know what I want to do on that wall in place of the artwork but I’m still working on that. It’s low on the priority list right now.

DR2

DR3

I love all the natural light that pours into this room but it sure does make it hard to take good pictures! I love sitting here with a cup of tea in the sunlight. It just makes me happy. 

DR4

Doesn’t the table look fantastic with the cabinets? It’s exactly what I wanted. And the light wood floors that I really didn’t like look so much better now that they are accented by dark wood furniture!

DR5

I’m really happy with how this room turned out. It’s simple, it’s colorful, and it fits with our house. 

See the previous dining room tours: 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009

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  • Stopping by from the bloghop–I think this room is so lovely and livable.

  • sharmintx

    We are currently a family of 4 with an awkward kitchen/dining space (thank you 1950s house design) so when I finally relented that the round table and too man/too big chairs werent working we went with the IKEA table like yours but smaller. And since our floors are dark, I opted for the light colored table. As cheesy as it sounds, I’m in love with that table. I can expand it when family/drunk friends come over or keep it small when the house feels claustrophobic. Complete winner.