Say hello to our dining room!!!!! It feels really good to have the first actual “adult” (?) room in the house done! Arlo’s nursery was such a blast, and obviously I’m in love with our closet, but it feels really good to get going on the living space in our home. You can see my initial inspiration and plans for the dining room here. At the very last minute, I changed things up a bit and decided to add floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. I could NOT be happier that I made that choice!
I’ve learned a lot about myself in the few rooms I’ve been able to design thus far and it’s that I really love to layer color, texture and pattern and with my original plan to just have a simple large-scale art piece, things were feeling flat. The bookshelves solved everything and honestly, I think it makes the room look bigger somehow!! (It’s a tiny room you guys, so I’ll take what I can get.) So so thrilled with how this space turned out! Here’s all the details!
Alright, remember the before!?
BAM! Ha, not gonna lie. Those before and afters are SO satisfying.
One of the very first thoughts I had for this room was that I wanted to have wood + pink dining chairs. I know, specific, but I’m 100% serious. We partnered with Room & Board on a few items in our home and when we went to meet with them, they showed us one of their walnut Evan Chairs. Then as I was browsing the store, I saw a pink sunbrella fabric and was like uh…. can I put this… on these? And they said “Yep!” And HERE WE ARE! It was like fate. I love them so much. And I love that the fabric wipes clean easily.
After we got the chairs, I swear fate happened again when THAT. RUG. popped up on an Instagram sale. It matches so perfectly it’s nuts and I used that to set the palette for the rest of the room, mints, blues, pinks and a few pops of lavender.
Since everything else was going to have a ton of color, I wanted a simple pedestal-style table to anchor the room. You guys if I could tell you the amount of hours I agonized over this table, haha! I ultimately wanted something that wouldn’t compete with the color but also wasn’t just plain white and West Elm came through with the perfect marble and brass one.
The shelves!! I spent a full day on FaceTime with my BFF styling these shelves. It was actually so fun! I loved incorporating family photos, a whole bunch of books from our collection (So many of them are by friends of ours. I can’t wait to show Arlo someday!), a few items from late family members of ours and some new items, too. We really had never put much effort into our past places so I hadn’t collected many decorative items prior to this house. Not gonna lie, it was fun to get to shop for this! I got to live out all my woven basket and planter dreams!
Because we have a tiny human living with us, we tried to keep the bottom two shelves as kid-friendly as possible with baskets we can fill with toys and some stuffed dolls/animals from The Folk Project that are sooo pretty.
That print up there is so special to us! We decided when we got married that we wanted to buy one piece of art for every year of our marriage. We saw the above art piece of the Mayan goddess Ixchel on our recent trip to Mexico. It was by a local artist and the shop owner told us the Ixchel was the goddess of love, fertility and healing. She was even nicknamed “Lady Rainbow!” We loved the story behind it and knew it would look so good in this room!
Photos by Jeff Mindell
And that’s a wrap on the dining room, friends!! What do ya think!? Now, if someone can just help me keep those plants alive… haha! We’ve only had one plant before and it was an air plant. Spoiler alert: It DIED!
Furniture + Decor Sources
Marble + Brass Table* | Custom Walnut Chairs* | Rug (Vintage)
White Bookshelves | Mint Curtains | Gold Curtain Rods + Corner Adapter
Blinds* | Fringe Chandelier | Green + Gold Handles
Ixchel Art Piece from our trip to Mexico! (Sadly don’t have the artist’s name!)
Tall Pink Vase | Green Milk Glass Vases | Protea Arrangement
Gold Watering Can from Shout & About | Marbled Planter | Green Woven Bowl | Teal Planter
Flamingo Print (I think one of you guys sent us this print, is it you!? I can’t find the artist’s info!) | Tropical Print
Rattan Tray | Green Milk Glass Vases | Gold Bowl
Triangle Planter from Shout & About | Pink Planter | Round Gold Frame
Purple Patterned Vase | Pink + Rattan Planter | Scalloped Bone Frame
Gold Bookends | Mint Lidded Basket | Blue Woven Bowl
Pink Woven Bowl | Wood Frame | Illustration of Arlo & I | Monstera Leaf
Purple Planter | Carved Wood Frame | Frida Doll
Pink Globe | Wool Elephant | Basket (Left, pom pom was a gift!) | Basket (Right)
Purple Button Down | Jeans
Pom Pom Earrings | Pink Heels
This room is so gorgeous! I totally love the rug, what an eye-catcher with the white walls. And the chairs just fit perfectly!
Thank you!!! I honestly still can’t believe the rug is mine. Haha!
Looks great!! I love all of the pink SO much.
Mia S says
This room is SO DREAMY! UGH I love it! And I have managed to kill an air plant too! HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN
HA! Right!? Glad I’m not alone!!
Alexandra Charitan says
What a great, happy space! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one that has trouble keeping plants alive – I had some success with air plants, but eventually those all died too 🙁
Kristina B says
YESSSS It came together SO. GREAT! The carpet is just heaven.
I love that you put the curtain rail higher than the windows. Such a great trick. It’s so weird the more stuff you put in a small room can sometimes make it look bigger! It’s glorious!
Love the colors!!
Your room reveals always make me tear up! I love that you are so thoughtful in choosing every piece so that it is personal in some way! You and Jeff (and ARLO, of course!) are so special and the Studio DIY brand just keeps getting better and better!
Aww thank you Paige!!! So so sweet of you to say.
Gorgeous! The shelves totally make the room.
LOVE it so much!!!
Awesome and so cleN and inviting
Love the whole room, and Arlo’s nursery as well! You’re a great designer, everything about this room is fabulous !! Good job!!
Thank you Gloria!! I’m having so much fun decorating these spaces!!
Everything in this room is perfect! I’m especially in love with the color pallet and that light. I’m looking for a dining room light currently and the pink version of yours would be so perfect.
Charlotte Collie says
THIS IS SO COOL!!! VERY jealous. Can you design my future home?? <3 xoxo
Sure can, girl!! 😉
Did I miss it? What handles did you decide on for the doors??
The deeper green ones!! They’re peeking in in one of the photos up there!
I see those emerald door pulls! Love that you chose those! 😉 Congrats on a fantastic dining room!!
Marissa Berrini says
Congrats girl! So happy for you! You had me LOLing at the end with the air plant! 😉
Beautiful and colorful!
I like so much what you have done in your dining room.
I love all the room you have made and I am sure your kitchen will be amazing. 🙂
It’s beautiful, Kelly! Adding the shelves was a total gamechanger. I have decided to fully embrace faux plants in my house and it’s been the best decision ever, haha. I highly encourage it!
Yessss to faux plants! Haha! I have a feeling that might be what we turn to for the rest of the house. 😉
instagram online says
So beautiful! I love the colorful design so much! I have never had air plant but every plants go through my hands had the same sad fate 🙂 even sprouted onions. My sister said killing plants is my special power.
Your home looks so amazing. I especially love that turquoise apple, it’s so fun! Where did you find that? Thanks!
Where did you get the bookshelves? The link isn’t working gor me☹️
Sawyer DeBacker says
Hi! I am currently designing a room in a house, and am wondering about studying tables. I love your dining table, and am wondering about it as a studying surface. Have any tips?