Dining Rooms can be tough to freshen up. It’s not like you want to throw around a bunch of money changing out dining chairs every season. Instead focus on the smaller details of the space. Below are a few tips and tricks-
1. Add greenery and flowers to your dining table for a splash of color and natural elements.
2. Use vintage chairs as head chairs to create an eclectic, on point look.
3. Add art or rearrange existing art with a few extra additions. Depending on the season or your mood, choose complimenting colors and tones.
4. Switch out your chandelier for a modern, industrial pendant.
Image: The Design Chaser
5. Add statement pieces like large art, a bright rug or interesting objects to shelves.
Image: A House in the Hills
6. Switch out chairs for a bench. Keep one side filled with chairs to keep it unique.
7. Add sheepskin rugs to a few of your chairs for texture and warmth.
If you are needing some more dining room Inspiration, I have a Pinterest page dedicated to dining rooms for your enjoyment!
This year I will be hosting a small group at our house for Christmas. I love hosting (not necessarily cooking though) and I love using organic elements to create a great tablescape. Last year my good friend Caitlin created this tablescape and I’ve been in love with it ever since! It’s simple yet so so elegant. The colors that she used are neutral yet stunning.
Below is a video that Real Living Magazine and Super A-Mart collaborated on for the holidays. It’s a perfect example that you don’t have to do too much to create the perfect table.
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Image: Nordic Leaves
I have a good friend that’s moving into a studio apartment. It’s a small space that’s downtown with lots of possibilities. One area that is lacking is room for a long dining table. The best solution for this is a round table. You can squeeze chairs around and they don’t take up too much space. I personally love round dining tables. I have a large one in my home and it’s perfect for game nights, dinner with the family, hosting dinner parties and even homework time. Here are a few favorite dining spaces with round tables.
Above we see a white dining table, perfect for adding un-matching chairs. You can pair it with wood, colored and even metal chairs.
Image: French By Design
This is about the size of my dining table. You can add chairs for more seating or take away chairs for a simple, modern look.
Image: The Design Files
Can I have this whole look, please??
Want this look but don’t know where to start? Here are a few awesome items to add to your dining space to achieve the round table movement.
Light, Chair, Table, Rug.
This is one of my most favorite home tours, ever! The modern lines mixed with the soft, cool tones mixed with natural elements….amazing. See the entire tour here.
See you next week!! I have some DIY’s and styling tips to share with you all!
I’m also over here and here. And also thank you ForRent.com for this interview.
Image: Coco Lapine Design
When you ask me what my favorite color is, I will instantly tell you that it is green. Now, it’s not your normal, average green. It’s modern shades of green like mint, moss, fern and tea green. There are some amazing shades of green that we haven’t even tapped into yet when it comes to interior design. These three different shades of green, seen in this post, are exactly what I am about!
If I could bottle up a green and keep it forever, it would be the exact shade of the sofa and chair seen above. Heaven!
Image: Design Milk
These dining chairs are exactly what this kitchen/dining space needed. Finding the right dining chairs can be tricky. I always say to go basic on the table and have fun with the chairs.
Image: Desire To Inspire
This tub is another fabulous shade of green. And having a colorful tub is the funnest idea ever!
Image: Sfgirlbybay. Photos by martin sølyst for bolig magazine.
Maybe it’s because spring is here but I am craving color right now! I love the look of a clean space with a splash of bright, beautiful color. I’m normally not a purple or pink fan but done right, I’m in love!
What are your thoughts on color? How much is too much>
Image: Apartment Therapy. Designer: Sarah Stacey.
Image: Home Life. Photography Armelle Habibs and Styling Julia Green.
Image: Livet Hemma
Image: My Paradissi. Design by Mim Design, photo by Derek Swalwell.
We are in the middle of spring and usually during this season I get the “get rid of everything” bug. I wouldn’t consider myself a complete minimalist but I am definitely all for down sizing. This dining space is exactly what I love and want for my own space. It has great design elements mixed in with soft colors and great lighting. See more of this room here.
I have quite a few clients that are in need of dining room redo’s. Above is a mood board that I put together of some new products that NEED to be displayed in someones home. That dining table??! HELLO!
Art, Chairs, Table, Lighting, Rug.
I wanted to share with a few new designs straight from Milan Design Week 2014. These La-Dina chairs are pretty much my jam. They have such a delicate approach that isn’t too feminine. The colors are right on point!
I am constantly looking for a new accent table for clients. These Torei Family tables are great accent pieces for a plethora of spaces. And that marble top table?? Amazing.
Here is an option for the lounger in all of us. Ladle Family loves us and created these ultra stylish lounge chairs. Perfect for the living room, bedroom and even office.
I am a huge fan of spray paint. Always have been, always will be. Mostly because it’s such a quick and easy way to update an item. I found these vintage bottles on eBay. They came in a LOT of 8. I knew right away what I wanted to do with them, and it involved spray paint…shocker!
Matte black is so on trend right now. It looks modern, fresh and clean. I took each bottle and gave them one coat of matte black spray paint. The bottles that came with lids got one even coat from lid to bottom. That way when I’m not using it as a vase, I can use it as a cool piece on a shelf or table. After each bottle dried, I gave them one more coat. That will keep them from chipping easily. After they dried, i instantly had a modernized vase. Easy, right??
I used the new and improved vases for a dinner party. I wanted to keep the table simple and just use white and black. Between my white dishware and black vases, everything looked cool, calm and relaxed.
And what did I do with the bottles after the dinner party?? Displayed them all over the house! My favorite spot is on the mantle. I love fresh flowers in my house and this will keep my replenishing the vases.
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay. Items were chosen by me.
Sometimes I purposely stay offline to make sure that I stay somewhat authentic and original to who I am as a designer. But at the same time, i think it’s super important as a blogger and designer to know what’s happening in the giant world of design. This weekend I spent sometime browsing the internet. On my quest, I found two “new to me” blogs that I wanted to give a quick shout out to. Yellow Brick Home and Grey and Scout are both stocked full of inspiration, DIY’s and great design tips. Check them out and make sure to give them some social media love!
PS: Both Yellow Brick Home and I are up for BHG’s Best Decorating Blog. Go here to vote vote vote.
Yesterday I mentioned that my home is being featured right now on Style Me Pretty Living. I wanted to post some of my favorite pictures here on SG, which were captured by the awesome Allison Corona.
See the entire tour and list of sources here.
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Last year, Simply Grove was blessed enough to have one of the best individuals on our team. Kayla Smasne is not only as smart as they come and beyond responsible but is a dedicated design enthusiast who will go places with her amazing aesthetic. Kayla lives in a smaller apartment with great natural light. A few months back we started brainstorming a redesign for her living room and dining room. She started by painting the entire space Extra White from Sherwin Williams. This instantly opened the space up and gave her the perfect backdrop for color and pattern. From there she added gold polka dots from Urban Walls in the dining room. Who needs wallpaper when you can create the same look with temporary decals! Colonial Mills created a custom rug for this project to place in the dining room. We were able to choose the colors and patterns. It was such a fun process and it turned out exactly how Kayla wanted!
Kayla did a great job mixing old and new. The dining room table was actually a table that I inherited from the Brass Razoo days. Kayla paired it with modern dining chairs. She also mixed an Ikea sofa with a vintage mid century coffee table. And who doesn’t love a glittery Bourgie lamp?!? Her home just proves that you can create a space on a budget and fill it with old and new to still get a modernized look.
See all sources at the end of this post.
Images taken by Kirsten Grove (that’s me;)
Black Dining Chairs (similar)- Amazon
White Dining Chairs- Ikea
Pendant Light (similar)- Amazon
Dining Room Rug- Colonial Mills
Polka Dot Decals- Urban Walls
Dining Table Tray- Deny Designs
Extra White Paint- Sherwin Williams
Triangle Pillow- Nine Space
Hexagon Mirrors- Ikea
Living Room Rug- Target
Gold Sidetable- Target
Bourgie Lamp- DWR
Greenery- Flowers at Will
You’ve seen me do “get the look” posts here on Simply Grove. If you haven’t, it’s where I choose a room and show you how to create the same look choosing specific products. Today I’m putting a spin on it and showing you how to create similar looks using only items found on eBay. I’ve picked 5 of my favorite spaces designed by some of my blogger/designer friends from around the web. I hope you find inspiration and ideas for your own home. eBay really is a one stop shop, with everything needed to create a happy, pretty home. ENJOY!
Image: A Merry Mishap
Cutting Board, White Faucet, Danish Ceramic, Kinfolk Magazine, Marble Tray, Jute Rug, Hand Soap
Image: Oh Joy
Gold Bar Cart, Rug, Wall File, Ice Bucket, Desk Chair, Desk, Polka Dot Decals.
Image: Oh Happy Day
Floor Tiles, Glass Jars, Yellow Stools, Kitchen Island, White Small Stool, Small Bonsai Tree
Image: Smitten Studio
Flamingo Art, Modern Buffet, Kilim Rug, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, Mid Century Chair, Coffee Table
Image: AB Chao
Cowhide Rug, Table, White Dishware, Chandelier, Chairs, Roman Shades,
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay. Items were chosen by me.
Image: Apartment Therapy
In honor of Valentines, I thought I would post a little pink love. I’m actually really liking pink, even when it’s not Valentines. It’s easy to incorporate through pillows, art, rugs and other small accessories. You will also see a few pink options, including pale pink and hot pink.
Image: Style Files
Image: Jelanie Shop
Image: A Beautiful Mess
HAPPY ALMOST VALENTINES!