Home DecorDining Room Progress – The New Farmhouse Table December 14, 2015This is a sponsored post by Arhaus Furniture. All opinions are 100% my own. I showed the first glimpses of our new dining room during Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours. You may remember from the fall tours that when we moved into this new house in September, we just moved in our old dining room furniture, while we figured out what we would do long-term. We had such a small dining nook (it really can’t be called a room) in our last house, so this small, round wire-spool dining table was the best fit. While this new space isn’t huge, it’s definitely bigger than the last. I know I’ve told y’all that the one thing I didn’t love about the new house was that it didn’t have a separate dining room. We’ve never had that and I really love the idea of a separate space, just for dining and entertaining. With the layout of this house, we ended up with more of an eat-in kitchen. You actually pass through the dining area from the front door to reach the back of the house. My goal, though, was to make this feel like it’s own space as much as possible. The initial plan was to build a banquette, which who knows…maybe we will still do that one day. But there are so many projects ahead of it on the list, I didn’t want to wait to figure out something for the dining room. The two main things I wanted for this space were a bigger, farmhouse style table and a cool light fixture. I did some searching and found this awesome and unique Sylvie Dining table in Milled Pine from Arhaus Furniture. I loved the lines of it so much. It had the farmhouse vibe I was looking for, but the turned legs and unique top made it really special to me. It has a parquet top, which I’ve never seen on a farmhouse table before. It’s the perfect backdrop for styling pretty tablescapes and centerpieces. I like for each room to have a rustic wood element and then really contrast that with the other pieces in the room. Once I got the table in, I really started trying to figure out what I wanted to go with it. Anything really could go with this table, but the problem with this house is with this being such an open concept, the other rooms’ decor does limit you a bit. You have to consider the entry, kitchen, and living room decor when designing this dining room. I definitely don’t want them to match, but they need to flow well. There’s a lot of color in some of those spaces, so I really needed to keep this room mostly neutral. I really considered doing some big, colorful, statement end chairs. I think this room itself could really use that. But, I’m going to get the kitchen done first and then see since they’re so close. I don’t want this room overpowering the other areas. For now, I stuck with chairs I already had, but that really give me the modern/rustic mix I love. The end chairs were purchased on Amazon years ago and the four metal side chairs were a Christmas present from Overstock. I love how the white pops against the dark, rich wood of the table! With the rug, I did have a bit of a dilemma. I wanted this room to have color so badly and my usual place to bring that in is the rug. But, again, the open concept limited me. The entry, kitchen, and living room have VERY colorful rugs. I really needed to temper those with a neutral, rustic cowhide in here. I have a long love affair with cowhide anyway, so I was happy to use it here. I initially struggled with the brown on brown of the rug and table, but I do like the mix and the chairs soften it to me. Just like with the end chair dilemma, I’m going to live with it awhile and see how I feel. I’m going to talk in-depth about the chandelier tomorrow, but I love how it turned out. It was the only other new thing in this room. I love changing out artwork, so my vision for this room was to have a wall behind the table that I could easily change out artwork on. Since this room is really neutral, my plan is to use the artwork to really change for the seasons. I love the rich colors in this thrift store floral I found years ago. For Christmas, I pulled a few of those colors out in the candles on the table and I love the punch that they add to the room. Designing this room was really good for me because it made me see how awesome a room can be without buying all new pieces. My creative nature, but also the nature of this job, means that you’re designing new rooms all of the time. I get tired of a lot of pieces when I’ve had them a long time. To be honest, I had grown tired of all of these chairs that I’ve had for years. But adding one new piece to the room really made me see the rest of my old finds in a new light! This room may change some as I live with it and finish the other surrounding rooms, but for now, I’m loving it just as it is! Check back tomorrow for details on the modern gold light fixture!