Monday, March 5, 2012

Charcoal Grey Dining Room

grey dining room with striped chairs


Why is it that the dining room is often last on the list? I do entertain pretty much once a week, but we were still living with a very unfinished room.


It all came to a head when I hosted a dinner party for 12 and with no soft surfaces in the room, it was incredibly loud. Then we had Thanksgiving brunch for 14. Loud. Fun, relaxing and awesome, but loud.  Then Thanksgiving dinner for 14. Different group. Also fun and relaxing, but loud. An aside- I am now officially in charge of hosting Thanksgivings since even though I had a 3 week old baby it was the best version of that holiday I have ever had. I think it's the house.

So, I started hunting for upholstered chairs. And in the same breath I also started looking for upholstery sealer. Duh. It's because I have kids. So when I found a million reviews for Marine Formula 303, I knew I could do it. That's the stuff they use to waterproof boats and outdoor furniture, it can totally hold up to my kids. So I discovered the chairs. These lovely striped Becca chairs from O.co.



The chairs are incredibly comfortable, and they work well with the rug.

Overstock Becca grey stripe dining chair

The rug is also from O.co (formerly Overstock). I love buying rugs from them since shipping is either free or $2.99, you can't beat that for such a huge (heavy) purchase. I am less in love with the rug, but I figure for less than $400, when it gets too gross, I'll just turn it into a play area rug and get a new one.

Now may I present to you, our dining room in all of it's current glory. 

View from the kitchen. You can see all about that shrine to white cabinets and marble here.



View from the living room.

The doors between the kitchen and dining room close off. I'm in love with the circle design!



I was having people over anyway, that's why I set the table.


I'm so happy with how the beamed ceiling turned out.

dining room beam ceiling

Lights also from O.co, I'm sensing a theme. Table from Ikea. Which rocks, since I can clean it with a Clorox wipe (hello children!) and it extends to seat the aforementioned 14 people for Thanksgiving. 

We are still negotiating on art for the four large blank walls. I might try my hand at painting something myself, stay tuned!



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62 comments:

Laurie @ Rookiewife520.blogspot.com said...

I really do love those chairs! They remind me of the beach :)

Western Warmth said...

Wow. Love, love, love your house!

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

The chairs look great! Such a smart idea to put sealer on them. I would need that just for me... I am prone to making messes. We love entertaining too and are finally getting around to showing our dining room a little love. I can't wait to post about it later this week.

Melanie @ Mailbox Journey said...

That is my dream dining room! It looks amazing. :D

luci wallis said...

What a beautiful home you have...can't wait to see what you do with the room!
Bristol

the misfit said...

That is an unbelievably gorgeous dining room (I mean, it started out gorgeous). I have to know the name of your wall color. And all the things you added are lovely. Plus I am very impressed with your entertaining chops. Will be back to visit!!

A Lived in Home said...

It's beautiful Jessica! The striped chairs really add. I like the texture on your rug too! Very elegant and sophisticated.

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Hooooooooly cow! This is seriously beautiful! I just keep scrolling through the pictures again and again. Lovely! Where did you get the antler piece that's over your fireplace??

momto8 said...

your dinning room is beautiful! lucky you!

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

amazing dining room! Love the chairs and all the architectural details!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow, jessica, your home is AMAZING! love the ceiling and chairs andc colors! and from the glimpse it looks like the kitchen is pretty amazing, too!

Bliss said...

OK....... I for one like the rug, I think it's the texture. The ceiling. Just saying that looks great is an understatement, saying I love it it seems so blah. So saying I want one probably is out of the question but maybe you can see I am attracted to it. As for art, I vote yes for you painting something yourself.

~Bliss~

Maria Elena said...

It is gorgeous! I looove the chairs! We are in the market for a new dinning room and you just inspired me so much! So beautiful!

reFresh reStyle said...

Amazingly gorgeous from every view! I see many things that I would love to have! Love the "O", their shipping is awesome :) When do you want me to come over for dinner?
Have a great week,
Debbie

Andrea said...

The chairs are beautiful and so is the rug! Overstock is the best. Your entire house is simply amazing!

chateau chic said...

You definitely have the WOW factor going on in your dining room! Love it!
Mary Alice

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Your entire home is beyond gorgeous, so anything you put in it is just a bonus =)
The beamed ceiling detail is devine!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Totally awesome! I'm lovin' it all! I'm your newest follower and would love a follow back if you get a chance. Coming over from Debbie Doo's.

Sally said...

Gorgeous!! I LOVE that beamed ceiling...it turned out beautiful! I'm your newest follower from the Our Delightful Home link party.
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

The Rooster and The Hen said...

Next time you'll have to set 16 places for Thanksgiving since we want in. We promise to whisper. Your home is so beautiful - and love the blue and whites!

Becca said...

Oh my gosh, that view from the kitchen is a money shot. So, so perfect! Oh- and I love the stripe, great choice!
xo,Becca

Robin Naylor said...

Never noticed the beams before, very cool.

Pamela said...

I LOVE your space! Cant wait to see more of your beautiful home. Stop by sometime for Treasure Hunt Thursday! We would love to have ya party with us.

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Your dining room looks so cool those chairs wow love them

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Wow I so love your house and dining room is amazing, great color choices. Can I move it?

Patti said...

Your room is beautiful and the chairs make such a statement - when shall we all come for dinner?

Elena said...

Gorgeous--just stunning! And I just love how you can take a piece of IKEA furniture and stick it in such an elegant room and it totally works! I'm moving in :) (I'll cook. And do dishes.)

~Elena
http://acasarella.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Love your new dining room Jessica! The pot lights and beamed ceiling are amazing - I imagine that it is beautiful at night :)
Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

Amazing! I love those chairs.

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

This looks fantastic. I have given your blog The Liebster BLog Award.
Check it out:
http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/liebster-blog-award.html
xo...mONICa

Miss Charming said...

Such a beautiful room! I love all the moulding and those fab striped chairs. Newest follower.

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

Beautiful!! And, I'm happy to see the antlers in their real-life glory!! I'm pinning this right now for future inspiration! :)

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! You always make me smile and I love getting your posts in my inbox!

Lisa Scibilia said...

I love your home and the colors you chose! So lovely. The striped chairs are such a fun accent!

Sherry said...

This room is stunning...and so calm and tasteful. I love it!!! Can I come to Thanksgiving at your place!?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is gorgeous. Love that ceiling. Thanks for joining Wow.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful room... beautiful colors... beautiful style! This looks like it came out of a magazine! Just... beautifully done!
Yvonne

Bonnie said...

I love blue and white! YOur rooms are fabulous. LOoks like a designer show house.

Deserae said...

Your dining room is gorgeous......love your chairs!!!
~Des

PS. I am now following you on Goolge....hope
you will follow me back :o)

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Wow! Your dining room is gorgeous! I'm in love with those chairs!

And thanks for stopping by my blog recently! :) New follower over here!

Lorraine B said...

I love the sliding doors. The whole room looks amazing.

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Beautiful house and gorgeous trim work (love those circle doors and the ceiling detail). Love how you've carried a consistent but not identical color scheme from room to room since every room seems to open onto other rooms; my downstairs is totally open like that and I too recently decided to go with a color-blocking approach between the rooms. So glad to learn about the marine waterproofer / stain repellant ... make me a little more apt to try some dining room slipcovers now.

Robin
happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

Swede Dreamer said...

Love the wall color! Amazing home~thanks so much for sharing. Popping over from Savvy Southern Style!
Angie

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

Wow. Incredible. The End.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

WOW - I'm so jealous. :) I love those pocket doors too. Megan

For the Love of a Cottage said...

What a lovely room...what a lovely home. I just found your blog and hope there are posts about the ceiling work. Beautiful!!!

Susan said...

What a gorgeous dining room! Congratulations on the makeover!

When we lived in a house with a "formal" dining room, we only used it 3 times in the 3 years we lived there, so when we bought this house, having a separate dining room was not a consideration. I have my formal dining room table sitting in my eat in kitchen, and it gets used every day.

Amy said...

Your dining room looks amazing! Love love love those chairs and the wall color is perfect! If you have time I would love for you to come link up some of your projects at my linky party.
Amy@homehappyhome.blogspot.com

nanasewn said...

Does the sealer make the chairs crunchy? Lovely room!

Ellie said...

Beautiful house, beautiful room! I really do like those chairs. How is the sealer holding up?

Tisha said...

OMG, your house is AWESOME! Your dining room is huge, and the library...
Great selections on the chairs and rug! Can I come to Thanksgiving dinner too? Thanks for linking up. I'm going to feature you on Monday.

Pudel-design said...

So pretty, love the chairs!
Thank you for sharing!
Lovely greetings...

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

Pudel-design said...

PS; I`m your latest follower;)

flavholman said...

Your dining room is amazing! congratulations!!

Jed and Ivy said...

your house is insanely nice!

Shirley said...

Oh my gosh what a gorgeous home!!! I love the dining room, especially those chairs. Fabulous! :)

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} said...

I love your entire house! Seriously, if you ever need a house sitter I'm your gal.

Can you please do a post on the paint colors in your home? I hope that's not asking too much, but I'd love to know!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

SPECTACULAR!!! I love it! XO, Aimee

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog. Love your dining room! Would love to know the paint color and brand. I looked to see if you'd answered that and haven't. Please!

Rebecca

Kathryn said...

That view from your kitchen is amazing!! Love the angle through to the bookshelves too.

Anonymous said...

LOVE your house and dining room, please tell me why your chandeliers look like they are so HIGH?

Cassandra James said...

What color is the paint in your dining room?

Cassandra James said...

What color is the paint in your dining room?

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