First things first, wishing my parents a very happy anniversary today! Thank you for your prayers for my dad, we have had some encouraging news lately and it has felt so good. This illness has really brought us closer together and for that, I'm thankful. It has been a very difficult time, but I believe in the power of prayer, and from the bottom of my heart thank you for lifting my dad and family up.
You might remember my dining room pillow dilemma awhile back when I bought a yellow pair and a brown pair and couldn't decide which I liked better for the room. Y'all weighed in and helped me opt to use the yellow for summer and the brown come fall. I'm hanging onto every little last bit of summer here and incorporated those yellow pillows into an updated, cheerful dining room this weekend.
Having never had a console table that was meant for this room, this World Market one (Everett Foyer Table) couldn't be beat for the price and size. ($254 on sale with free shipping, 70.9"W x 15.7"D x 31.9"H). Since our dining room is pretty long, I could have went with an even longer table, but I figured I can put the chairs on either side to fill in some space. I'm also considering pulls for the two draws- an easy way to personalize the table.
Another thing that made a big impact in the room was lowering the mirror a good 11 inches. Thanks for the advice Cassie and Grandma. My Grandma reads my blog daily and when I first hung this mirror, she told me on the phone, "You know, I think you've got that mirror hung too high." :) Y'all were right! It looks so much better lower and it reflects the chandelier now.
I used items from the house collected over time to decorate the table, with the exception of new melamine plates from Big Lots. Y'all may have seen these bright aqua lamps at Home Goods and they are such a gorgeous color. I adore the shape too.
As much as I love and try to use real flowers and greenery often, this faux branch worked perfectly here for some added height and I like how it branches out wildly. Mercury glass candleholders are used year round, and are so nice at Christmas. I had yellow candles up at first but it felt like too much yellow- the pillows and tray are enough. I much prefer these ombre aqua candles- more soothing.
These melamine plates are so fun for this color palette and they were only about $1 each at Big Lots.
I'm happy this console had a bottom shelf for layering more decor. Don't neglect those opportunities to add more visual interest to your space.
These Pellegrino bottles are as pretty as they are tasty- I moved them from my bar. You can find paper straws everywhere these days, I got these at Home Goods.
I made these pillows with Dwell Studio fabric. Even though I chose the yellow pair of pillows, I snuck this brown one in there to tone down the space. You might recognize this Home Goods basket that previously held our giant collection of bread. Things get moved around here a lot.
I've often thought that perhaps the "formal" dining room may soon be a thing of the past as families seem to eat mainly in their more casual spaces, like a breakfast nook or the area just off of the kitchen. And when I seen dining rooms turned into gorgeous home offices that probably get more use, I think that this square footage is precious real estate that might not be getting much use in many homes.
Since I'm fortunate enough to have this pretty space to enjoy, I remind myself to make the most of it and eat here pretty often. I cover James' chair with a towel so I'm not worried about the furniture. I especially like to eat my weekend breakfast here while reading a magazine or just looking out the front window, which has a nice view. I've considered painting the walls a darker color, but I like the light and bright feeling in the room.
Below is a recap of where everything is from. Are we shopping at the same places?
Home Goods // Lamps, Vase, Basket, Paper Straws
Kirklands // Candles
Pottery Barn // Large White Plates (gifted), Faux Branch (gifted)
Hobby Lobby // Mercury Glass Candleholders
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This World Market table is pretty popular- I love how Kate (Centsational Girl) styled it for her friends' dining room makeover. Go here to see the full post.