Our Dining Room: All "Done!"

(Above, some nuts in a vintage jello mold.) Well, since Jonie showed the evolution of our dining room in her recent post, I thought I would share our finally "done" dining room with you! As you might remember, here's what it looked like when we first moved in:


And here it is now:
I finally made & hung my last set of frayed linen curtains & ordered Sears' roman shades in 'natural' for all of the windows:
I went with a totally white scheme with a few hits of green. I wanted it to be insanely neutral so that I can do whatever I like on the table & have fun with colors:
Right now I have my painted white thrift store bust sitting on a stack of magazines. We use the dining table a lot as a place to just hang out: read, use the computer, etc..
The chairs are from Ballard Designs & of course they're machine washable slipcpvers. (No other type of whit would last in this house!) The thing I love most about them is that I got the ones on casters & they are So convenient!!! They're great for pulling out one-handed when you've got something in the other hand and for pulling into the living room for extra seating. I didn't even know how much we'd love them.



And notice the little gray goat skin on the left chair... (above & below) Dave tried to surprise me for our anniversary with this "rug." He ordered it off of ebay & was thinking it would fit under our lucite coffee table before we had anything under there. Not knowing, this I came home with the cowhide one day and he told me that he'd ordered me a rug for an amazing deal (like $40 I think?) & could I return mine. (I couldn't.) He said his was a goat. I asked if it was a really big goat?? He said he guessed so. Anyway, I felt really terrible until the "goat" arrived & it was about the size of our dog. So now it just gets moved around the house like the rest of our stuff. And below, I'm finally 100% satisfied & loving my cocoa bead chandelier. It really nheeded the heft of the skirted parsons chairs underneath I think:

Thank you all so much for the wonderful emails & comments & "gifts!" Have an awesome weekend!!!
xoxo,
lauren

63 comments:

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Lauren, Sweetie... THIS IS ALLLLLL SOOOOO DELIGHTFUL & UNIQUE!!!!!!

You have SUUUUCH a wonderful sense of personal style & very chic taste, and I just ADOOORE coming here to visit!!! (Smetimes I wish WE were young again & just "starting off"... "getting there" is SUUUUUCH FUN!!!)~

THANK YOU for always being there & sharing your wonderful ideas, fab tips & sweet smile~~~ You are SO BLESSED, as is ALL of your family!

Thanks for the sweet note, too!! I have a feeling this is going to be a FANTABULOUS CHRISTMAS for ALL OF YOU, don't you?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Big HOLIDAY HUGS,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

On the Border, By the Sea said...

Simply inspirational! xoxoxo

nkp said...

It came together so beautifully Lauren. And photographs so well! I love that the space is as functional as it is pretty. But perhaps the best part is that little goat skin, the story that goes along with it is priceless. :0)

Oh, and I do so love the gilded + green chair. It's just that bit of jewelry that makes a great room really sparkle.

Shannon said...

Oh wow! Your dining room is beautiful! I love the over sized art on the wall, beautiful!

Donna said...

Love that chandelier!

Bloggers Abode said...

I'd LOVE to see that chandelier at night all lit up. I bet it's looks amazing!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Lauren:
HUGE congrats on the beautiful room!! I'm cracking up over your goat "rug," especially since I'm in the market for a hide, myself!

I think I missed the post where you sourced your cocoa-bead chandy. Would you mind sharing, again?

Deliciously Organized said...

Every room in your house is gorgeous. I love what you've done with this room. I say it a lot, but I mean it, you are very talented!

Jennifer said...

looks great! what did you do with the $100 set of chairs? I loved those too!

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

Wow! From a blank slate to a cozy and stylish dining space. Wonderful job, Lauren! :-)

Shannon

Lauren said...

Absolutely beautiful! I've had such a difficult time trying to decide what to do with my breakfast nook. I'm soooo in love with your look! So inspiring and unique! Lovely!

Lauren said...

By the way...I would absolutely LOVE to see your holiday decor! Perhaps you might think about posting your tree and such? :) I'm sure that soooo many would love it!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Sooooo pretty.... I love how light and bright the room is. The pops of green are just perfect. FANTASTIC!

bluehydrangea said...

Fabulous as always!! I am cracking up over the goat rug!! that is so something that would happen to me!!

elisabeth bova said...

you really do know how to transform a room. i would love to know how you make your drapes and exactly which sears shades you buy. albrecht durer is a family favorite of mine! love how you enlarged his work for your room. thanks so much for sharing!

My Notting Hill said...

Lauren - I hope the phone is ringing because you should be getting calls from magazines! You have certainly done some major nexting before baby #2. It looks so good. Love the black candles, the bust, the artwork,etc. The goat-"rug" story is precious!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I adore the lighting and the wall hanging.

DoxaHome.com said...

That was great, you really did an amazing job transforming that space! What a funny story about the goat skin. Your hubby sounds like such a team player, is this the same guy who stenciled your walls?! Someone really, really loves you;)

Best,
Jaime

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Yes, I really like the chandelier now with the slip covered chairs underneath! Looks beautiful!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You win! It's perfect...

Katrina Chambers said...

I am still in awe of the hug artwork. I sent this over for my sister to look at because it was way to hard to describe. Everything matches so perfectly!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Lauren, It's so BEAUTIFUL, love every little detail!!! And the chairs really bring it all together. Just BEAUTIFUL! xoxoTrina

Vintage Junky said...

I adore your house. And your dining room? Smitten!

Smiles! Michelle

Rachel said...

Oh, your story about the goat skin rug and your husband cracked me up because it reminded me a little of mine!!!

Beautiful job!!! It looks wonderful!
And great tip about the chairs on casters!!!

La Dolfina said...

What a fabulous job you did!
Love it.
I can picture some great holiday dinner parties in your immediate future:)

One Love said...

Doesn't even look like the same house! It's go gorgeous!

MsAnnieBelle said...

i love your color scheme! there is something super sophisticated about white plus one color- the green is so natural. i love it- great job!

Lona de Anna said...

Lauren...you are truly talented..and an inspiration to all mothers seeking a passion that clearly can see you put your whole heart into..as well as your little family. Love your blog. Will visit again. Thanks so much for sharing. Anna x
http://lonadeanna.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Hi Lauren: I am new to your blog via Jonie at Cote de Texas - I absolutely love how you turned a plain room into a 'wow' room - very impressed - I am a new follower!

Windlost said...

Hi Lauren, your rooms looks great - I love the white, so you can change up accessories. First time I looked at this post I just saw the pictures then came back later to read. Too funny about the goat. That's a shame. Looks nice though. haha. I love that wacky light fixture, very chic, and the Ballard chairs and the table and the wall thingie- it is all so well put-together. I seriously wish you lived closer. Half my house sits undone. Just so little time after a hard week at work but really hope to get at least a room painted over CHristmas!

Love old cousin Terri xo

karlene said...

I cannot tell you how much humor I have found in the goat rug, thank you. hilarious, and totally something my husband would do as well.

as for the chandelier, I do not know the story behind it as I am new to your blog, but it is beautiful. Your room looks great!

Developing Designs said...

Awesome job!! It looks fabulous, everything pulled together and gave you a very hip chic functional beautiful space.
The goat story, priceless. :) I was on a hide kick last year, wound up with several nice ones that are sprinkled around the house. I have a a few small ones that move around too. We know as creative as you are, you will keep coming up unique ways to display yours.
xo

LindsB said...

Ok, I think I am tearing up a little about the story of the rug- is your husband the cutest ever or what?!?!?

Your dining room is beautiful, just like the rest of your house, I dont even have any words (like usual) except LOVE, love love love!!!

Cote de Texas said...

now what? is there anything left? haha. we know you'll find something else. hey - I have an idea. I'd love to see the view from the dining room table looking into the kitchen, right? it's right there - right? love the chairs, they really are exactly what you needed there, the white slips. love the green chair moved there too. has it already moved somewhere else? oh lauren, you are so talented. do you even know? seriously? do you? i mean ---just LOOK at the last picture!!! perfection!!!!
use it all in good health and happiness!
love you!
J

red ticking said...

hi lauren... so pretty.... congratulations!!!!! have a lovely weekend... x pam

qerat said...

Beautiful Room
Congratulations

Things That Inspire said...

Amazing - this really shows all that you are capable of, your range and talent. I absolutely love seeing what designers do when they are their own client (either in their own homes or showhouses)!

Velvet and Linen said...

Beautifully done, Lauren.
I love how you balanced the window with your artwork. The window treatments really give your dining room a finished look.
Isn't Ballard great? Their designs have really improved recently. Getting the chairs with castors was a brilliant idea.
Happy weekend.

xo
Brooke

Hill Country House Girl said...

Love the whole room! You have pulled together a room that looks beautiful and will function for you and your family. The fact that you just acknowledge that the dining room is multi functional is so good - I just complain about how everyone piles their books and junk on my pretty table, when really I should get over it and just make it a work/gathering spot! Love the story of the goat rug - what a sweet husband. You could also use it on top of a table as a surface for a grouping of treasures!

Love Where You Live said...

Lauren, This just keeps getting better and better. I want your home...love EVERYthing you're doing! This room: stunning! -s

my favorite and my best said...

picking myself up off the floor.
so good.

jvw home said...

Love how this room turned out! Just beautiful....
and LOL about the funny, yet sweet story about the goat rug!
Maybe it would look good grouped under the moss ball arrangement on the bias?
We have a small calf rug in our son's room, and it's one of those funny sizes too. It has moved from the dresser to the floor....now it's just in front of a small chair in his room.
Love the painting in this room also, as well as the all white windows/white walls, great green chair...and as always I adore slips and black furniture.
Have a great day & thx for sharing!

http://jvwhome.blogspot.com

Brillante Home Decor said...

You have a very charming house, very elegant and functional at the same time. All the best to you and your family. Keep us posted with the news...!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

I love what you've done :) The styling is also impeccable! Hope you're enjoying the last few days of your pregnancy. We're having such a great time with little Stella, she's such a cutie!!

Yansy said...

You did such an amazing job! I love everything about the room. I'm sorry I've been m.i.a, I'm glad to finally be back.

Blueprint Bliss said...

I just love it all. xx- Brooke

Michelle said...

So beautiufl Lauren...your sense of restraint and composition is amazing...I wouldn't do another thing!! Have you run out of rooms yet...or what new projects can we look forward to seeing?

Is it too early for Happy Holidays? just did ;)

Take care,
Michelle

Sarah Jane said...

Lauren, that is such a beautiful transformation! I would dine there happily:) congrats. xo

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

Lauren, it's gorgeous! Looks like something out of a magazine! I love it, especially the little punches of green. So sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

Table is from Pottery Barn & the chandelier is an old one from Anthropologie! :)

xoxo,
lauren

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I missed this post, the story of the goat "rug" is just too funny. How sweet an effort from your husband! It all looks just divine...
Janell

paula said...

Incredibly stunning of course. love every detail.

a likens said...

Where do I find parson chairs and slip covers?

Lauren said...

a likens- The parsons chairs & slips are from Ballard Designs. Thanks! :)

Navy Bean said...

I'm so inspired by your blog! You designs are absolutely gorgeous! And I couldn't stop laughing about the goat "rug"! That is totally something I would have done. Keep up the brilliant work!

Marlo said...

What a beautiful dining room. You gave me some ideas for mine; I didn't consider placing the sideboard underneath the window.

May I ask where you purchased the round dining table?

Bonnie said...

Hi Lauren, I just started following your blog and absolutely love the blown-up print in your dining room! Can you tell me where/how you had that done?

EL said...

I'm with Bonnie, I just saw your blog on Hooked on Houses http://hookedonhouses.net/ and wondered about the print on your DR wall....

primpmeout said...

How did you create the large art print behind the table? It is amazing!!

msdlk said...

Lauren, love your style!!! I was also wondering about the print in your dining room...is it available online?

Megan said...

Green is my favorite accent color too- so fresh!!! I LOVE the "blown up" sketch. Is there a website you used or how do you do it??? I have an empty space that this idea would work wonderfully for. Thanks!!!

LiveLoveDIY said...

Lauren- I'm in love love love with your talent! So fresh and unique! I'm your newest follower! I have spent the last 2 hours trying to figure out how on earth to find my own 'ancient' drawing and blow it up. Can you tell me more about how you did that? I am in the process of making over my own dining room on my blog and would just DIE have a massive drawing as part of the giant gallery wall I am creating. Thanks so much!!! ~ Virginia

Laura said...

Can you share any tips on how to get great oversized art like what you have in your dining room?