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Dining Room Mood Board

Of all the different rooms in the new house, the first one we decided to work on was the dining room. Everywhere I look I see these amazing dining rooms, and frankly I wanted one, too.

Can you believe we have been using two outdoor lawn chairs since we moved into the house? It’s 100% true. And there are 3 of us. Do the math.

Original Dining Room

We knew we wanted something that would above all be comfortable. Something that could be used for pizza and beer one night, and entertaining the next, plus the occasional game night.

The space is right in the middle of our house too. The windows you see get great evening light. The ceiling is tall (around 12 feet) and has the ugliest medieval chandelier you have ever seen. There are no real walls separating it from the kitchen or living room. It’s just right there.

Our budget was around $2,500. Designing a dining room on a budget is never easy – especially when it gets heavy daily use and needs to look amazing.

But we think we came up with something perfect.

You’ve heard the phrase “measure twice, cut once”? Well our mantra is “have everything in hand before starting the project”.

Yes, this takes planning, and resources, and time. But in the end it makes the process go so much faster.

I keep a running list on my phone of all the things I find across the web that inspire me. I know some use Pinterest or other on-line board tools, but for me I just use the notepad app that came on my phone. I can add text, links, and images, and it’s easy to share via text with my wife, or anyone else.

Then when it comes time to get serious I use Air Drop to move it from my phone to my MacBook Air. Makes everything fast and easy.

Plus it’s always with me. If I’m at the hardware store, I know what I need.

Here’s what we decided on:

Table: West Elm Mid-Century Expandable Dining Table – Walnut. We opted for the middle size 72-80″ based on the size of the room. It easily seats 6 and doesn’t look too heavy for the space.

Chairs: Some people like to mix and match. I personally like them to all be the same. But they have to be comfortable. I’ve sat in the West Elm Baltimore Dining Chair before and they are super stylish and comfy. Plus they are the perfect height for this table.

Rug: Alexander Home Isabelle in Ocean / Rust – 8×10 size. You can see the outline with blue painters tape on the image above. We got it on sale with a tip from Chris Loves Julia ~ thanks!

Chandelier: West Elm Mobile Chandelier. 50″ in Antique bronze. We will get some LED Edison lights as they aren’t supplied with the fixture. 60 Watt 5000K, dimmable.

Plant: A nice snake plant in a white pot with wooden legs. I try to get them from my local nursery, but when they don’t have any I just get it from Amazon. The snake plant pot I’m loving is from West Elm. It’s the white one with the wooden legs. Should fit nicely in the corner, dontcha think?

Paint: Benjamin Moore in Simply White.

Have you used any of these for inspiration? Share in the comments below!