As we continue on the home tour, we move into the dining room.  I really love this space because it’s open to the living room and play room so lots of things can go all at once and you don’t feel cramped within a confined space.

dining room 2013

Our buffet was purchased from Crate and Barrel with some money we had saved up from wedding gifts.  It was on final sale and was totally worth the money!  It has held up so will with little toddlers banging on it!  It is a huge space for wonderful storage of our china, extra plates, place mats, serving platters and tablecloths.  The candle holders were found at a consignment shop, and I just switch out candles for different seasons to give the space a variety of color!  The silver vase was purchased at Home Goods for another space, but I decided to move it to the buffet when I decided to redecorate the basement.  It’s always best to “shop the house” first when redecorating!  The gold sun mirror was from Lowe’s Martha Stewart collection.

One of my favorite things we changed in the house is the chandelier.  Seeing as we were not making this space a formal dining room, we wanted something that was functional but fit our style.  It allows the space to get dressed up for holiday dinners but is casual enough for every day meals around the table.  I found it at Restoration Hardware and knew the second I saw it that it would be perfect for our dining room!  Our table is from Pottery Barn, and the chairs are from Crate and Barrel.  The table has two leaves that can allow us to seat 12 people, which is perfect for our families for holidays!  The rug was found at Home Depot out of necessity for something in the space.  It has held up so wonderfully, that we bought the other one for the living room for it’s durability!

I really having the dining room space neutral colors so I can spice up the plates and napkins!  Our every day plates are really colorful and always make the table look interesting.  They are by Le Creuset and worth every penny.  These plates can go in the oven, microwave and are dishwasher safe.  They are heavy, but in the three years we have had them, only one has a small chip on the side.  Seeing as we use them every day, that’s really not bad!  Our every day glass cups are from Crate and Barrel, but they are no longer sold in stores.  My favorite colorful napkins are all from Sur La Table.  I loved how the colors look together with the plates and it makes the table look really festive!

So there you have it!  One of my favorite rooms in the house because there are so many wonderful memories around this dinner table.  Hope you are enjoying the tour.  To find more rooms from the home tour, just search “HOME TOUR”.

Disclaimer: The thoughts and ideas are completely my own.