Dining Room Tour

    It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. Our dining room has never looked better! The brighter vibe and a couple new investment pieces have come together to make our space sing. Our dining room is teeny but has so much potential. Two big windows that sun-drench the room all day until the sun goes down and a little San Francisco charm to boot. The reason we opted for white vs. gray, is because the attached (even teenier) kitchen has no window and is by far the darkest spot in our apartment. Here are some before shots from a home tour last year! I dream of the day when our dining room/kitchen is bright, airy and spacious, but for now, Farrow & Ball All White 2005 helped immensely.

    What I love most about the space with its fresh brand-new vibes, is our table. Paint is magic, but having such a beautiful focal point instantly elevates and brings the room to life more than ever before. Eventually (after good old trial and error and figuring out my design style) I realized a circular table was the only suitable shape for this 7×12 nook. And let me tell you– I’ve never felt more smug about a room I put together. Now if only I felt this way about the rest of it…fingers crossed the day will come! It’s the one space now where I walk in and warm & fuzzies ensue because it just gives off the exact vibes I want our home to evoke. Calming, eclectic, fun. I threw in my favorite rug to give you an idea of the end goal, but we’re still on the hunt for something that is (obviously) a bit bigger.

    We got our table from Candelabra, an absolute favorite home store of mine. I adore their selection and the quality of everything I’ve ever brought home. They have so many unique, fun brands under their roof… I feel like whenever I sift through their site I discover a new designer I love. We actually got our chandelier from there last summer, as well. While we’re on the topic of mad love for Candelabra, I also need these sconces, this ceramic vase, and this chair.

    The framed photos we have on display are propped up in a skinny built-in shelf (that used to be an old spice rack). They’re photos I captured of some of our favorite places: San Francisco, Paris, Carmel, and Tahoe. We hung a textile I found at a flea market that brings a touch of texture and contrast. I took down the old gun metal curtain rods that were there when we moved in (which were nailed to the top of the window frames) and hung sleek black rods a bit higher, to give the room more dimension.

    I love mixing and matching chairs and adding greenery throughout. It’s amazing how much more we’ve hung out in this room since the re-do. Candles burning, playlists singing from our Beats Pill, prepping dinner with wine– has never been more enjoyable over here. This table has made my dining room dreams come true. Time for the photos!

    White Tulip Table | Candelabra
    Black and Gold Chandelier | Candelabra
    Vintage Rug | Treasure Island Flea Market score
    Woven Bench | Rejuvenation (old, similar here)
    Ivory Mudcloth Pillows | ETSY
    Cane Cantilever Chair | (garage sale, similar here and SUCH a good deal)
    Black Wishbone Chair | All Modern
    White Frames | Framebridge
    Curtain Rods | Amazon
    Curtains | IKEA (they say white, but slightly ivory… AND way more expensive looking than they are)
    Mudcloth Tray | St. Frank
    Gold Vintage Candle Holders | Amazon
    Woven Fruit Basket | Indego Africa
    Ribbed Glassware | West Elm
    Wine Goblet | West Elm


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    • Inez

      Beautiful, serene and breath taking.
      Inez | My Small World

    • LGF

      ashley – which taper candles do you find work best in those brass candle holders? i always end up buying tapers only to have them wobble around!

      • Such a great question! I feel like it’s always hit or miss honestly, it depends on the holder and the candle. Sometimes I will buy a pack and some are wider than others. When mine are bigger, I actually take a tiny square of paper towel to fill some space. Not the best solution, I know, but maybe just buy a big pack, because I’ve noticed they do always vary!

    • This looks absolutely gorgeous Ashley! Don’t you just love when a space comes together and you want to hang there all day!

      • Thanks lady! Yes, it is the best feeling, I just love spending time in there now. 🙂 Hope all is well and you’re enjoying the weekend!

    • Meg

      WOW… you did an amazing job with the before and after!

    • Gorgeous Ashley! I love the little details. Where is the glass candle holder with the tealight in it from? It’s beautiful!