Dear Dining Room,
You know how special each piece of furniture is to me, some of you came all the way from your homes in South East Asia to live with me. I handpicked each of you with a particular look in mind! You are an important piece of our story, you represent an area and many memories of where we have lived!
Dining Room table, you are one of my favorite pieces of all of my home decor furniture. I love how you are made of solid teak and come from Bali. I love how diverse you are! Your color is beautiful and you show off your wood grain perfectly! I can use you forever and mix you with all types of decorating styles. Right now, you are being used in a transitional decor style, but as I get older, I can continue to use you if I decide to be more traditional, and my daughters will be able to use you one day if they choose a Contemporary style.
When we moved into this house, you and your dear friend, Living Room, were combined into one very large room and I needed to get you out of the boxes and your home decor items displayed because you are the first room our guests see when they walk in the front door! However, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of updating the house needed, I just decorated you with my existing home decor items to recreate you once again! You were pretty enough for me to move on and focus more time and money into rooms that had to be totally madeover!. Please forgive me for not giving you the detailed attention that you truly needed and deserved! What I have planned to do is give you a new dining room makeover! I plan to replace the dark rug that you are sitting on with one not as dark, a rug that is more contemporary and stylish. Maybe something like these from Overstock.com
I also plan to replace the ugly white and peach slippery ceramic tile floor that makes you look so outdated and sterile, with beautiful dark Hardwood floors. This will make a huge difference in how you look and feel, and I am sure that we both will be very happy with the outcome! You will be looking very hip and current when I am done!
Dining Room chairs, you are probably the most upset with me for seperating you and the other four chairs. I decided to use them in our bright and airy kitchen area! You may even be a little jealouse that they get used so much more than you do. I am very sorry, and I am looking for you a very good home that can give you the attention that you need! You deserve a better life! You were great for our home in Hawaii, but now you are just not right for the dining room and a bit smaller than what I need. Your contemporary style is perfect for a dining room that is not as dark as mine! I hope you are used in a bright and cheerful space so that your dark color can help the room feel anchored! You were just too dark for the new house because you had to be used with more dark furniture than before! I am sorry! I really like these from Restoration Hardware, they are more formal, elegant, and of course much ligher in color. And I love the tufted backs!
Teak bookcase, I really love you! I just wish you were larger so I could use you for a real china cabinet! I have always found the perfect spot for you and displayed items inside that complemented your look and style! You too are very well made and solid teak. You came from Thailand, my favorite country EVER! I plan to get you fixed, the moving company broke a drawer and we are still waiting for it to get settled! I know it has been almost a year, but Covan moving company just don’t want to take responsibility for breaking you. I promise you will be fixed and no one will ever know that you were damaged. You have had some serious moves, one from Korea to Hawaii and the other from Hawaii to Florida. I am very happy that is the only damage you have received! You will continue to be a part of the dining room, I am just not sure where you will be placed!
This chandelier is a new addition. I love the chrome and white shades! It is very modern and will help bring the entire room together! I have a white monogrammed table runner from Pottery Barn that I just realized was not being used! I will have to find it and use it. The white is a great contrast with the dark wood. I will replace the mirror with a much larger round mirror and pair it with a sideboard. Something similar to this dining room photo by A Well Dressed Home.
I think you will be a beautiful room when I am done. I think you will be a stunning first impression to our guests. We plan to add crown molding as well. When I am done, you will be a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary decorating styles!
I am still trying to decide on which rug to use! I would love to know which is your pick! What are your ideas for this room?