Dining Room & Living Room Updates

This past weekend the painters came and painted the dining room to match the living room.  I was sad to see the blue go, but am much more pleased with how well the two rooms now flow together.  I now have a nice neutral back drop to begin brining in layers of texture and pops of color.

Warning:  the photos you are about to see are not styled but are snippets of how we actually live. So these are not pin worthy- I repeat- not pin worthy.

Dining room painted out in Restoration Hardware’s Stone:

You may notice a new addition to the dining room- These french round back chairs upholstered in black.  I have loved this style of side chair but did not like all the neutral linen ones out there- because lets face it-my kids are messy, heck, Im messy and that linen would only last for so long.  I found these at World Market and have to say they are quite comfy and nice in size.  You can’t beat the price either.  They are sold in sets of two online, but you can purchase individually in the store.  

You will also notice a new rug.  Once again Rug USA has impressed me.  I know some of you who have had some not so pleasant experiences with them, but so far the three times I’ve personally ordered from them I have been pleased.  I also recommend them for my e-design clients and many of them have reported all good things.  Note:  keep an eye on their rugs-every 3-4 weeks they go on mongo sale.  I got this one for 75% off- it was less than $250 and free shipping!  and its an 8 X 11.

This rug is very similar to the Oriental Style I had in there previously, but with a more neutral palette and a touch of black.  It has this nice faded patina to it that I just love.  You can find it here.

It ties in beautifully with my West Elm and cowhide rug in the living room:

Next up for this room is drapery (which are currently at my workroom being made now), new chandelier, new lamps for the buffet- this is a hard one!  We installed new mirrors above my buffet and they literally reach the ceiling-so my current lamps are dwarfed by these mirrors.  I need a lamp that is at least 40″ in height.  I have searched high and low and have only found a handful- most of them over $400 a lamp.  I’m now hunting on ebay & etsy for something vintage.  Lamps made back in the 40’s and 50’s were much larger so Im hoping to score something fun.  If I truly had my way and had an unlimited budget I would buy a pair of these Murano lamps from Swank Lighting:

But at $4,500 a pair- that is not going to happen anytime soon.

OK- now onto the Living Room- Saturday I ran into HomeGoods and spotted a pair of x-benchs for under $70 a bench- I grabbed them both ( when you find a pair of anything at HomeGoods-buy it- you can always return it later). even though they were covered in two different fabrics –I tossed a sample of Schumachers Zimba on one to see how I liked it.

I have been wanting/needing something to go under my Restoration Hardware Paris map- it always feels like this map is floating on this wall and I thought maybe adding some x-benchs would help anchor it.  But after placing them in the space they seem too big- you can actually walk between them and the coffee table, but visually it feels awkward. 

So back to the drawing board on this one.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.  It has to be something that has a depth of 19″ or less.  I had thought about buying a second map and placing them on top of one another to fill out that wall space more.  But thats another $1,200.

Slowly but surely these two rooms are coming together.


14 thoughts on “Dining Room & Living Room Updates”

  1. Although I liked the blue, the stone paint color looks fresh and I can see the direction you’re going in. Love your choices so far. Have you thought about sliding x-benches under a console table or would that be too tight on space?

  2. Karen says:

    I think there are too many items on the same level… the benches, the coffee table, the seats of the sofa and chair. It needs height.

    I seem to recall you had a chest or console under the Paris print during the holidays. I remember thinking it looked good there and anchored the print so it didn’t seem to be floating all alone on that wall.

    Moving some kind of chest there, or even a console table with the benches under it as Shauna suggested would look great in my opinion.

    Love those green chairs in the dining room!

    Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  3. nanazy says:

    Can you please post a link to the rug? I love it and can’t find it on the rugsusa website. thanks!

  4. Mrs. DeVore says:

    Love the new additions, that rug and those chairs are awesome!

  5. Terry says:

    I love the rug, too, and would love some help finding it if it’s still available. Thanks!

  6. Sita says:

    Everything looks amazing! The changes you have made have a big impact on your rooms. I love the chairs from World Market and the new rug is gorgeous…gotta love a RUGS USA sale. 🙂 The space under the map is a challenge. Maybe one long narrow bench? I’ll keep my eyes open for you! BTW…Love that Zimba fabric!

  7. Debbie says:

    Like Karen, I immediately thought of a console. Ballard has a thin gold one that keeps catching my eye that could either be a nice combination with your coffee table – or too much gold in one location. But in case it’s the former…


  8. rgcblackie says:

    Hi Amanda…great job so far on the updates to your rooms! They are looking so fresh and clean! How about a dimuline table for under the map? The depth would be 18″ or so and the curved profile might fit in nicely with your other furniture. Or maybe a shelf of some kind? Perhaps with some salvage/architectural brackets to make things interesting? Just some thoughts….

  9. love it all! Wow, it’s really coming along Amanda! How about a console? or a sofa table (w/o) bottom and minus the sofa (ha). Sofa table are really narrow? Hope all is well! You were on my mind today. We need to catch up! Hugs girl!

  10. That rug is SO perfect, I’m always too chicken to buy one online, but that will make me reconsider, it looks pricey! Love the chairs, too!

  11. Dovely says:

    I have considered saying this for a while but I’m just se random girl who reads your blog – not exactly qualified to tell you how you should arrange things in your own home!!

    That being said, it looks like from the pictures of your loving room that there is just simply too much room between your leather arm chairs and your sofa.

    Is there anyway in which you could close that gap a bit? Pull the chairs away from the wall to wards the coffee table? Or perhaps move the sofa more towards the chairs? I couldn’t refresh my memory with these pictures. But is the

  12. Dovely says:

    *** sry! My iPhone wouldn’t let me type any more in my first comment. So to finish my thought:

    But is there a console behind the sofa right now? If there isn’t one, maybe adding one will allow you to push up the sofa closer to the chairs a little more naturally.

    I hope this is helpful and you don’t think it’s too critical because I love your work and am a regular reader of your blog!


  13. Anonymous says:

    I love the idea you had of putting another map under that large map. If you can find an affordable way to do that, I think that would look fantastic!

  14. tearinguphouses says:

    love the rugs.

    i might rework the room similar to some of the other suggestions here, but in the meantime i would lower that map a bit…

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