8.26.2016

SIX Ways to Update Your Dining Room NOW for Fall


Could your dining room use a refresh before the weather gets cooler?  These days, people entertain less formally and it's a good idea to have a dining room that feels approachable.  Like you could serve take-out pizza and salad as easily as a five course meal.  It's about making your family and friends comfortable!

Here are ways to help you achieve that.
1.  PAINT.  Don't have all matching furniture...definitely looks dated.  You could paint the chairs or buffet or china hutch (or even just the back of the china hutch) if you have a matching set.

2.  PLANTS (as a centerpiece or tree).  This will give your dining room some "life." 
Debbie and I have the same plates...
3.  RECOVER CHAIR SEATS (like I did below--it doesn't require tons of fabric).

4.  ADD UPHOLSTERED HOST CHAIRS OR A BENCH

5.  INVEST IN A LIGHT FIXTURE YOU LOVE.
Summer Thorton, photo by Luke White

Burnham Design

6.  TONE DOWN THE FORMALITY WITH YOUR TABLE SETTINGS
Petal glassware I would serve wine in the stemless glass.

We used these tips with a recent e-design.  This is a young family's dining room in Texas.  Nice furniture but needs some oomph.  I used her light blue art (not shown below) for inspiration.

E-design:

fabricchandelierwhite ceramic jarsDash and Albert rug host chairsplacematscandle sconcesartteak centerpiece


Are you thinking of freshening up your dining room for Fall?

Yesterday, the doctor removed my cast and now I have a boot (dog walking accident, in case you missed it).  Still need crutches and no driving, but I am healing!
Thanks for visiting!!

24 comments:

  1. i know that boot well! i know its a pain but wear it until they tell you not to and even then...i still wear mine if my foot starts bothering me (major case of plantar faciitis).

    love love love your tips and that dining room e design is beautiful! we have a matchy matchy set from ethan allen that we bought when we were first married. i love the detail just not the color. i've been thinking about painting it but on the fence until i saw your post today. i'm going to go for it! thanks, as always, for inspiring me.

    xoxo,
    nancy

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    1. After I painted my dining room chairs I thought, what took me so long! Go for it, Nancy.

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  2. What a pretty post today! Love the e-design. That Shumacher fabric really pulls everything together so beautifully! Lucky clients! I bet you are going cuckoo!!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. I will be so happy to not have to use crutches! In three or four weeks!

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  3. I'm happy to hear your definitely on the mend. I love the ideas and inspiration from this post. We entertain a lot and I love the trend towards a more relaxed feel to the table.
    Happy Friday.
    Karen

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    1. That's great you entertain a lot, Karen. I am looking forward to doing more.

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  4. Your post is so timely for me! I'm getting ready to change the paint color in my dining room from red to gray, have already bought a fabulous new chandelier and am searching for the right host chairs. I'm really looking forward to having a more casual look in that room. Your post has inspired me to consider painting the sideboard and changing the drapes too. Great job on the e-design!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Sounds like you'll have a new dining room!

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  5. Your e-design will make that room so much lighter and more personal. I hope they paint at least one furniture element to get away from the dark, showroom look.
    I must learn to reupholster. Furniture should be forever, but that doesn't mean the same look forever. A little fabric, some paint, and it feels completely different.

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  6. Great post Mary Ann, but why oh why did you have to tease me with that beautiful chandelier!?! So stunning, but so out of my price range ☹️ The e-design looks great and love that fabric. Get well soon!

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  7. Oh...how I would love a dining room makeover...or at least an update! I love all these ideas and really could use a lot of them. Hope you're feeling better now that the cast is off. Take care....xoxo Gail
    P.S. did you ever get the card I sent you?

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    1. Yes, Gail you darling girl. I need to text you.

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  8. The other day at work we were out celebrating a young friend who is getting married and I asked her if girls these days register for china anymore. Seems like 50/50. Some do because their mothers "made" them, but others are just registering for simple white dishes for all purpose. I think the formality of dining rooms and hutches are a thing of the past too, and I am toning down some of the feel so that it's more comfortable but still nicely done. This is a great post!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Mary-Irene. We just all need to chill out around our dining room tables.

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  9. Love your ideas and they are all easy to do as well. Of course the black and white and blue color scheme is right up my alley!! Glad to hear you are getting better each day, take care. Happy weekend,
    Kathysue

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  10. I am a many years empty nester. I hosted all of the family dinners for decades. I finally said enough already and turned my dining room into a library, den, dining space for me and my husband. Anything larger than six is a buffet! I love it. I refer to this space which opens onto our garden as our retirement apartment. We start our day with coffee by the fireplace in the winter, or simply there in the summer and end our days there with wine. In the meantime the space is filled with books I have collected for almost five decades. I replaced our eight dining chairs with two chairs with arms for comfortable reading/research and have added additional seating in the way of easily moved about stools aka drinks tables. I say make your space your space!

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    1. That's a great idea to have a dining room/library...I have a spot in mine where I read and blog...but I do like to have dinner parties and set a nice table...and my husband loves to cook. We look forward to it.

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  11. Exactly where I am at with my dining room. I know you mentioned painting the back of the china cabinet but any tips for styling it so as not to look so old fashioned and formal? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dawn, You could stack plates (less formal like a backer's rack) and bowls....a collection of pitchers or soup tureens, platters...any white ceramics (Homegoods sometimes has good ones from Italy and Portugal)...or blue and white jars. The idea would be for it to look less like a formal china display and more like items you often. Antique/vintage books can add texture, too. Play with it :)

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  12. Hope you get out of that boot soon. Great tips, as usual!

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  13. Glad you are on the mend and were able to move to the boot! Love the ideas...we use our dining room a lot, but it is quite formal. Great ideas for making it a little more "family friendly" and comfortable! xo

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  14. Love the inspiration you share ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  15. Awesome post....yes matchy matchy is out! And I might have to get a boot if my PF does not go away soon!

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