Renovations, The Buffalo BurrowHello Floral Wallpaper April 26, 2020 This is a sponsored post by Lowe’s Home Improvement. All opinions are 100% my own. I’ve dreamed of the character-filled details in this dining room for years, including the idea of floral wallpaper! I knew I wanted to go with blue hues to tie with the patterned tile in our kitchen. Both rooms have quite a bit of pattern and you see it in the same view, so I wanted it to feel monochromatic and not overwhelming. I fell in love with this classic-feeling blue floral wallpaper from York Wallcoverings. I almost changed my mind since it was back ordered for quite awhile during our build process, but we decided to wait until it came because it was so perfect! It arrived at the end of March and I wasn’t sure when we’d get it installed with all the implications of COVID. We worked with a talented local installer, Denise O’Neill from Covering Walls. Thankfully, she was able to fit us in quickly before things erupted in our are and a stay at home order was in place. And I have absolutely loved staying at home with this room to enjoy. We’ve installed wallpaper ourselves before on a statement wall and while we are no experts, it wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be to DIY! The hardest part was lining up the pattern (it was also a floral). In this case, we decided to hire the job out with all of the more intricate trim we had to go around and all of the other projects we’re trying to finish up. Regardless of who is installing your wallpaper, make sure the wall is primed first. My biggest tip for installing your own wallpaper if you want to DIY (from my very limited experience) is to not get in a hurry. Go very slow to make sure you’re lining up the pattern correctly. And an extra set of hands helps if you’re new to this! Here’s a look at the main view in this room at all phases of the process. Ahhh…this dining room, y’all! It turned out even better and more special than I’d dreamed. As you know, a lot of thought went into this main wall, as we sought to make it a focal point. It’s right off the foyer and has a large cased opening. I also wanted it to feel like an old house. I wanted to bring details in this room that would feel at home in a 100 year-old house like the DIY Built-in China Cabinets , the board and batten, and the Vintage Mantel we installed. And now this lovely floral wallpaper! I wanted the room to have some color, but still feel subtle. I love that the wallpaper brings pattern, but has a fairly monochromatic color palette. The blue background serves as the main color with the floral pattern made up of whites, creams, and tans. I love how the paint color (HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray) ties right into the wallpaper. It has the bit of color I was envisioning while still being light and neutral. But it does feel distinct from the white throughout the rest of our main floor as I’d hoped. I really wanted a touch of pattern and floral instead of entire walls filled with it. The tall board and batten inspired by many old houses I’ve loved helps balance the pattern in the space. The main focal wall also gives you a visual break from having too much pattern. I love how the wallpaper tucks over the mantel and around the built-ins. I considered not having any over the mantel, but I really wanted you to see some of it in this main view. Now that the wallpaper is installed, you can really appreciate how the board and batten wraps around the room, building in the mantel and connecting the built-ins as well. It truly feels like this mantel could’ve been here a hundred years ago…if the house had of been! This room is mainly light, which I love. But for a dark anchor and another classic touch, I chose this black shaker-inspired chandelier. I love the lines of it and how it stands out against the other light finishes. Separate dining rooms are often called “formal.” And I’ve heard a lot of people say that they wanted an eat-in dining area because they weren’t formal people. While this dining room feels so pretty and special to me, in no way does it feel formal for us. Nor did we intend it to be! We also are not formal people, y’all! We’ve always had dining areas that were tacked onto our other living areas and in each house, I longed for a special dining space to stand on its own. And this one does not disappoint. I cannot wait to settle the cabinets and shelves, bring our furniture back in now that the wallpaper is up and really start enjoying this space. While this is the most beautiful dining room we’ve ever had, it won’t just serve that purpose for our family. I’m planning daily dinners here as well as all of our special occasions. But this will also be our homeschool area. While we’ve dabbled in school and crafts at home, Rosie will officially be K-5 next year and our family is entering into the wonderful world of homeschool we’ve been dreaming of since before she came along. That was one of the big reasons I wanted the built-ins – to store all the things! So, expect to see beautiful glassware mixed with art supplies and everything in between on these shelves. This is my absolute favorite kind of space: one where beauty meets function and real life is lived fully. I can’t wait to get my hands on these shelves now!