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DINING ROOM REVEAL

This post is one I have been waiting to write for a YEAR. We moved into our house December 2017 and we had a ton of projects. I tend to get excited and the ideas flow and I want to do every project right away. The practical husband that I call mine has to tell me to slow my role and pick and choose what can be done and what has to wait. The dining room was one of those projects that just had to wait since it isn’t a space we use a ton. Here we are a year later and we FINALLY have it complete! I am so excited to share our dining room reveal with you!

Here is the before….

Here is the after! (more photos below)

modern dining room before and after

The first thing we chose was a table and chairs. Actually, we chose the chairs first. I spotted these modern chairs on CB2 and loved the tight upholstery and how wide the seats were. We have wood chairs in our kitchen so for the dining space I wanted a fabric chair. I was drawn to the ivory at first but we opted for the charcoal grey for practicality reasons. The metal is not a true gold or a true copper but somewhere in between. I like to mix metals in my home styling (and also in the way I dress) so it does not bother me that they aren’t gold gold.

CB2 dining chairs

After we selected the chairs we looked for a table. I am not a huge wood person unless it is on the floor or in a small accent. The room is big and we were able to fit a 10 foot table. 10 feet of wood with our personal style aesthetic felt HEAVY to me. I did love this one and it was strong contender but in the end we fell in love with the glass and gold finishes of this one. Some of you warned me glass is annoying to keep clean but it just needs to be dusted! We don’t really sit in there often so fingerprints aren’t an issue!

While the table and chairs were being processed we had to tackle the country cottage style of the doors on the hutch. I really gravitate towards clean lines and the scallop of the woodwork was not my style. My dad has a friend who transformed our doors from country cottage to clean and modern! Then my dad wood filled the new look and secured the glass on the doors with extra hinges and repainted them. They look brand new and completely transformed the beautiful built ins especially with these glass and gold handles we added!

built in dining hutch

Then came the rug. If I am being honest, I may move this out of here. It is REALLY hard to find a cowhide big enough and we placed it down before the table was delivered. The glass top of the table is SO HEAVY and the delivery guys almost dropped it on the trek up our driveway. (Joe had to run outside and help!) With that said, Joe already gave me the side eye when I danced around the subject of potentially moving it out and getting a larger rug for under it. So we will see! For now, I like it.

glass top dining table

Choosing art for for your space is personal and can also be really overwhelming. This is my second time working with Minted on a project and they are my favorite retailer by far to choose art from. They have a huge selection and offer so many pieces with personality. I think that is the key word when choosing a piece of art. It needs to fit your own personality. When my husband and I select art for our home we like it to have a meaning. Of course there may be some times when we choose something just because we like the piece but for the most part we select things that speak to us in a personal way.  My husband is a huge Liverpool soccer fan. We were scrolling Minted trying to find the perfect piece and we stopped on this one. The theme here is that the large table and the chairs are very modern. We needed to balance out the modern with something old and something that had character. This piece of art is the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool and the little guy perching up top is the Liverbird. It has been said that if the two birds fly away then the city would cease to exist.

west elm modern light in dining roomminted artwork

The bar cart was something else we knew we wanted in the space. (You can read my full post on styling a bar cart here). I plan to add some seasonal touches come spring but for the most part the glassware and accessories are here to stay! I also discussed the wall art from Minted in that post and why we chose each piece. Our current home is located in a town where horse farms are in walking distance so we loved this guy as an homage to our new roots. The skeleton key with the 46 on it is a nod to my upbringing since the house number I grew up in was 46. I love choosing art pieces that speak to personal experiences and can relate back to something meaningful.

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The last thing we added were the curtains. They gave me issues. Not these- these are gorgeous and perfect. But it is ridiculously hard to find a white curtain! I went through three different kinds before my mom found these at good old Target. When will I learn…Target knows best. When we put them up they looked heavy and plain so we added these gorgeous brass and marble tie backs to go with the rods. The rods have these pretty quilted glass finials on the ends that add that touch of vintage to the modern room.

anthropologie curtain tie backs

Since there is a lot of modern in the room we moved our record player into this corner. If you feel like your space is too much of something then add a different touch. Our room was feeling too modern so adding this vintage touch really helped to even it out. The table we have is sold out but this one is similar about a third of the price!

vintage record playerfrom above record player

I know that is a lot of text so if there are any specific questions please ask! I will link everything in the room that is available below. Some pieces in the built in hutches are old so let me know if there is something you need details on!

modern dining room design

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**Thank you to Minted for partnering with me on the artwork for this space**

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STYLING A BAR CART

The bar cart. The life of the party and the ice breaker location. When it comes to styling a bar cart there are SO many ways to go about it. Some people stock theirs chock full of bottles and glasses and some are extremely minimal with what they place on this bar on wheels.  My style falls somewhere in between. I had the pleasure of working with Bed Bath & Beyond on this post and was able to choose items from their site in order to adorn my gorgeous new cart with all of the holiday essentials; just in time for New Years Eve!

bar cart styling

When deciding how to go about styling my bar cart I first of course had to choose a cart. I was between this one and this one and I polled the readers on Instagram and most of you voted for the one I chose! I love the gold and lucite hardware and the design of the bottom edges. The shelves are glass which go perfectly with our glass dining table. (Reveal to come soon!).

Once I decided on a cart I needed to choose items! Bed Bath and Beyond has A TON of merchandise so the hard part was narrowing down my choices.  The cart needed to be functional and every piece was to have a purpose, yet I wanted it to be well pulled together. I always start with a tray or board when I style anything because it groups items together and makes them look and feel like they have commonality, even if they are all different. First chosen was this marble agate round serving board to place on top of the cart and then I decided to snag these GORGEOUS cocktail glasses. They are one of my favorite things on the whole cart. They are rimmed with gold and make any drink look stunning. I also like to add something quirky and this silver cocktail shaker with the gold dragon did just the trick to pair with the glasses and the gold straws which I placed in this pretty glass.

People love to drink and snack so a small gold bowl was added to the top shelf. I love to fill mine with candy, olives, nuts, chocolate, etc and plan to change it up season to season depending on when we are entertaining. I layered it on top of these cute message cocktail napkins that say things like fancy another and don’t mind if I do. Something living really breaks up all of the glassware so I chose this small white tulip vase and filled it with a small evergreen tree since this was setup for Christmas. Come spring I can fill it with a cactus or a simple boxwood plant. Whatever it is, it adds life to the cart. Since the shelves and drinkware are glass I wanted to add some wooden candlesticks to break up the textures. I chose two different sizes and I love the element of rustic they add to a glam bar cart. The last piece on the top shelf is this marble mortar and pestle which is perfect for muddling herbs for drinks!

The bottom shelf of the cart was dedicated to my husband who is a bourbon lover at heart. He was in charge of choosing the decanters he wanted and we both decided the vintage stye ones would lend an old school touch to the modern cart so this one and this one were the winners.  Again, I like to group things with trays so I went on the hunt for the perfect one to house the two decanters and these old fashioned low ball glasses. Since the tray on the top was marble and round and I already had the marble mortar and pestle I looked around for a different material and also shape. I actually found this rectangle acrylic tray in the bathroom section! Since the shelf is low to the ground the clear tray allows you to still see what is inside. This jigger was added so the all clear tray/glass/decanter trio could have some color.

The next essential in any bar cart is an ice bucket. Since most of the colors on this cart are gold I decided the copper bucket would add the extra metallic I just love. The tongs are really cool and have a star shape on the ends; again- a quirky touch that really adds interest and personality to your cart. I picked up some bottled ginger ale as mixers because I wanted some festive green for this seasonal styling. I intend to change them out for different colors once the seasons change! The last thing that caught my eye was this hashtag dish. It is small and would fit tiny candies perfectly! And it just looks adorable and AGAIN adds personality. As a blogger it was a no brainer for me and would be so cute for anyone who lives in this social media world!

The last thing I added to my styling were the horse art print and the skeleton key. They aren’t part of the bar cart but I do think art really adds character to a space. These are both from Minted and have a fun story behind each. The town we currently live in has a ton of horse farms and the kids love to say hi to the horses whenever we drive into our neighborhood. The house number I had growing up was 46 and when I came across this print I just loved the nostalgia behind displaying that in my own home. My tips for styling a cart: FUNCTIONALITY, PERSONALITY AND SIMPLICITY. Don’t overcrowd it and think about what works for you and the way you entertain! I hope you love how mine came out!

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Shop the entire post on Styling a Bar Cart below by clicking on any image and it will take you directly to the Bed Bath & Beyond site!

**Thank you so much to Bed Bath & Beyond for sponsoring this post and for allowing me to share this beautiful new cart in my home**

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GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE HOME

When you do not know what to get for someone a perfect gift is something for their home. We all have things we use on a daily basis but receiving something new to use in the kitchen or to place on a shelf really brightens the day. At least mine it does. I rounded up my favorite pieces on my Gift Guide: For the Home!

GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE HOME

Bottle Opener // Candle Snuffer // Gold Tongs // Speckled Flutes // Coat Hook // Marble Tray // Cosmetics Organizer // Two Tier Marble Stand // Cheese Knives // Throw // Rose Glasses // White Dipped Ladder // Monogram Cheese Board // Trinket Dish // Candle Holders // Teapot Set

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