The Adventure Starts Here: Dining Room - Reveal

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dining Room - Reveal

Finally, I get to show you our dining room.  We don't technically have an eat in kitchen, so our dining room is our main eating area.  Since I knew this is where we'd be having many family dinners, I knew I wanted a table that could go from seating just 4 people and extend to accommodate a large family dinner.  This table from Crate & Barrel is perfect.  It's slightly narrower than regular tables but can extend to fit 12-14 people (with 3 extra leaves).  We keep one leaf in the table normally and are able to fit 6 comfortably.   We also got the matching sideboard to house all of our China.  

There were two more things I wanted to include.  The first was a gallery wall.  I love taking photos and displaying our professional family photos.  I'm in love with this gallery wall and plan to switch it up as the seasons change.  I've already changed it once already... this is what we have up currently, and below is what was up in October.   The second thing was Noah's toy kitchen and his table.  Noah plays with his kitchen daily and I love that while I'm in the kitchen making dinner or cleaning, that I can keep an eye on him while he's playing.  Also, when we have big family dinners, when he's done with eating, he is able to get down and play but still stay where we can see him.  We use the table a lot too.  This is where Noah colors and does all his crafts.  While I love to have a clean, organized, and decorated house, our life right now is all about Noah.  We spend a lot of time at home, so I want Noah to feel comfortable in every room and have things to play with.  

I found this method on Pinterest and many blogs and it worked perfectly!  I traced the picture frames onto construction paper and wrapping paper and then taped them onto the wall.  It was so much easier to make the pieces of paper level and move them around rather than have trial and error with the frames.  I designed the gallery wall with the paper and then my dad came over and hung all the frames... what a life saver!

^^^ our October pictures

^^^ I switched it up in November

Right now, our table and sideboard are decorated really minimally.  However, I like having the option to decorate more around the holidays.  We can also use the sideboard for drinks and desserts at holiday dinners.  We will be hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I'm excited to set the table for it :)

Source List:
Chairs - Crate & Barrel
Cushions - Crate & Barrel
Sideboard - Crate & Barrel
Rug - Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available)
Runner - Target
Centerpiece bowl - Pottery Barn (old)
Centerpiece filler - Home Goods
Flower prints/frames - Home Goods
Gallery Wall Frames - Ikea & Crate & Barrel (old)
Curtains - Pottery Barn (left by previous owner)
Toy Kitchen - Ikea
Noah's Table - Target


  1. I love your living room. I love how you have a little table in there too. I wish our living room/eating area was big enough to accommodate a little table like that one.

  2. LOVE your dining room! That table is perfection with all those leaf insert extras.
    I was going to ask if Noah's kitchen was from Ikea! I've been searching for one and I think my SIL might get it for Mason for Christmas. So excited! Now on the hunt for some toy food from Santa :) Any recommendations?


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