the dining room

The first room you see when you walk in our front door is the dining room.


While we don’t use it often, it is such a luxury to have when we’re hosting a big party or holiday meal {in fact, my mom got engaged around this table at our Thanksgiving dinner last year!}

We had been wanting to do something to separate the space from the entry and when we saw this window at our favorite salvage shop, we knew it would be perfect {if not totally impractical}.


Ryan hung it from barn door tracks so that we can slide it open if we need to {but mostly just because barn door tracks are cool}.


Fortunately the boys have not paid much attention to the gigantic hanging single-paned window because old window + three rambunctious boys will never equal anything good.



Our massive table {shown here without the leaves} is from Restoration Hardware {bought at the outlet store for a bargain}, the chairs are slipcovered Parsons from Ballard Designs and the seagrass chairs are from IKEA {although I don’t see them on the website so maybe they are discontinued}.

The big dresser {affectionately called ‘the black thing’} in the corner is one of my favorite pieces we have. It swallows our linens, napkins and serving pieces.

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The chandelier is also one of my favorite things : crystally, sparkly and old. We took it from our old house and guess it is from the 1950’s {although now that I think about it, we really have no reason to think that. Regardless, it is great}.

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The table is all set : I think we need to have a party!

40 Responses to the dining room

  1. Angie June 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful…… so inviting. I’m not seeing or have over looked the brand of paint and color you chose?! Thank you

  2. amy March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Did you paint the black dresser? I have an older cabinet I would like to paint black for my dining room…What paint, etc did you use? Thanks! LOVE the house!

  3. Anat March 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Wait! what are those brown theater folding chairs? you did’n mentioned. they are fabulous!! I adopt the idea.

    • emily March 18, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Yes… they came from an old high school nearby. They are super cool.

  4. Tina March 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I love every detail of this room right down to the napkins stacked up on the pedestal! You are such a talented person and I can’t wait to try some of your ideas in my own home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Kristen January 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I love, love, LOVE this room! Can you tell me more about the frame above ‘the Black Thing’ and how that was created? Also, I love that you covered the candles in book pages!

  6. Erica @ Erica's Inspirations November 24, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I LOVE your dining room! The window hung on a barn track is brilliant!! I also love how you used 3 runners as your “placemats”! I will have to steal that idea! :)

  7. Barbara September 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I LOVE your home! Could you please do a post of all the paint colors of your house?

  8. Becky September 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    I forgot to ask the numbered napkin rings,,, would you share where there from?

  9. Becky September 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I just found your blog…Girl where have you been all my life!!!????? LOL
    I have to tell you your home is gorgeous! I love the painted wallpaper.
    I will be back.

    • emily September 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

      ahhh, I’m so glad you found me!

  10. kim September 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Can you please tell me what fabric you have on the Parsons chairs? Thank you

  11. pk @ Room Remix September 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi Emily, I already commented on this (awesome) post once, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m including it in my post tomorrow with a link back so hopefully that’s okay. If it’s not, please let me know. Hope you had a great weekend!

  12. Linda@Coastal Charm August 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Wonderful and beautiful room…my fav is that awesome window…looks outstanding!!!


  13. sherry hart August 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Whoa…you had me at “old window hung from barn doors” Ingenious!!!!!

  14. Leigh August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I am wondering what the branches are in your lovely silver vase? Are they real branches, or just great-looking faux branches? Please tell! I love your blog :)

  15. pk @ Room Remix July 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Your dining room is so pretty. I absolutely LOVE the salvaged window separating the two spaces!

  16. Gabrielle Morrow July 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I too, am a new fan of your website/blog/everthing. LOVE the dining room ideas…and like you say, the seagrass chairs aren’t coming up at Ikea.com, but a similar chair (birch unpainted legs), called Harola is available. Me thinkith I shall be taking a trip to Ikea-land.

    I’ll be back to visit again-and-again.

  17. leslie July 8, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    love everything, especially your table settings! where did you get those great place card things, and those napkin rings?!

    • Emily July 8, 2010 at 7:40 am #

      The napkin rings are from PotteryBarn last christmas, those place cards are from anthropologie and the silver is from a thrift store that we had for sale at the boutique. I have a few more sets available if anyone wants them! Email me for info: emily@jonesdesigncompany.com

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  18. Shannon Karsies July 8, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    Where did you get those napkin rings? I HEART them. Gorgeous.

  19. Michelle Marsh July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Gorgeous! Please keep it coming!!

  20. Beth West July 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    I really like that window. May it stay safe from rowdy boys!

  21. Wendy July 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I Love, Love, Love your dinning room! Found your blog the other day….everything you do is fabulous!

  22. julie July 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    hey emily! i hope you got my email today! i have to tell ya that my dining room looks very similar! even the color on the walls look the same however i know that the computer screen can do a number on colors! i am lovin that huge glass door and the numbered napkin rings! i might need me some of those! thanks for sharing!

  23. Tonya July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Again, love your window…it’s amazing! Could you come to my house and decorate it? Thanks! *just kidding*

  24. Tessa July 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    The window is fabulous! What a great way to add architectural interest. We live in an old home and our old wood single pane windows are probably my favorite feature even though they are not very energy efficient. :)

  25. Holly July 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    I love it of course..love the book page around the candle little touch and those slate place card things..you need to stock and sell those..love em.

    tell us about your drapes.

    that barn door glass thingy should be in a magazine along with everything else you do!

  26. kristin McCullough July 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I have the same questions about if the door actually clears the pillar and slides or if the slides are sort of “decorative”. I love the way the old door looks there. I also love the numbered napkin rings as well as the whole feel of the room.

  27. nancy July 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m so in love… What time is dinner, I will bring the wine :) Love those numbered napkin rings :)

  28. Amy R. July 7, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I would love to know what paint colors you used in your house – I love them! I saw the ones for Audrey’s room in a post from the other day, but I was wondering about your room, dining room, etc.

  29. fancythis July 7, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Gorgeous….just, gorgeous. You are causing me to sin, because I am COVETING your entire dining room!!! :)

  30. Shady Lady July 7, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Also loving your blog! Your style is fabulous!!

    Question – do you leave your dining room set like that, normally clear?

    Just wondering what is normally on the table or if it stays like that.

  31. Lindsay Lee July 7, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Your dining room is gorgeous! Love your style. I nominated you for a blog award, Had to let ya know!

  32. Jenn July 7, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Totally fabulous! Love the window, the textures, everything! What’s the story with the chairs against the wall? Stadium seats? Keep the photos coming…Very inspiring work!

  33. Rebecca July 7, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I just found your blog and am loving it! Love the barn “window’!

  34. Lemonade Makin' Mama July 7, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I’m loving your blog and your style is so delicious!! :) So happy I found you!

  35. Melanie July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Your dining room is beautiful. So glad you posted pics! I recently painted my living room a french grey color similar to yours and wanted to do my dining room to. Now that I see yours, I think I am officially sold. Love your style–and look forward to seeing more!

  36. Jen July 7, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    I have to ask…where does the window slide to? It looks like it would run into the pillar. I love the idea though. We were obsessed with old windows when we were first married. I’m not much of a decorator at this point since we are renting and will be moving in a year. I’m looking forward to something more permanent someday though!

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