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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 thoughts on “the dining room”

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

    3. 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!

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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 :)

    7. 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, 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.

      1. 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:

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    8. 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!

    9. 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. :)

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

      tell us about your drapes.

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

    11. kristin McCullough

      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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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!

    15. 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!

    16. 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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