Leta Foster has spent the last 35 years designing interiors so well that her three daughters followed in her footsteps, becoming the "& Associates" in her firm. When this breakfast room project in an early-1900s Richmond home came to Leta, she tapped daughter Sallie Giordano to collaborate. Together, they decorated the space to fit a young family while honoring its original architect, William Bottomley.
Does your dining room need some serious decor assistance? I have seen so many lovely dining room decor ideas lately and quickly came to realize my own was downright dull. With only a table and chairs and your run of the mill hardware store lighting, my dining room was functional but far from pretty. Searching far and wide on Pinterest for some ideas, I quickly realized the best ones were almost all DIY! With the rustic farmhouse look being oh so popular, I knew I was really in luck. I found step by step tutorials for shelving, tables, centerpieces and wall accents, chairs, clocks and curious, plus a few other fun ideas I just had to share with you. If you are looking for some do it yourself ideas that will fit almost any budget or some crafty ways to express your creativity in your dining room, these awesome projects are perfect!
Craft a beautiful dining space with the Camelia 5 Piece Pub set. A pedestal style base on the table includes a spacious shelf and curvaceous leg supports that add visual interest. A beveled glass table top is round in shape, providing plenty of room for dining and entertaining and staying safe without sharp corners. Accompanied are four upholstered pub chairs. Upholstered seat and seat backs offer comfort and repose, while the upholstery brings a formal look and feel to the ensemble. The Camelia 5 Piece Table & Chair Set is perfect for a formal or casual dining space in your home.
The homeowners wanted to have a fresh, bright dining room, so designer Ashley Whittaker helped them pick a showstopping lettuce green shade for the shiny lacquered walls and then kicked it up a notch with bright coral upholstered dining chairs. Painted lantern sconces and a sleek, four-arm, unlacquered brass chandelier play off the casual mood established by the sweet/tart color scheme.

3. Design is Emotional – Consider that the dining room will be the one room in the house you’ll probably be dealing with at least once a day, every day. For most of us, the dining room is also the room that starts your day, being the room that one eats breakfast in. As such, it is equally important with a formal dining space that how you feel within the space lifts you up and is an inviting and attractive place for you and your guests.

Our previous home was basically “done” after our large remodel after our house fire and I wasn’t completely on board with a fixer upper. But this house has beautiful land and after several months on the market the price dropped, which peaked my interest. So we scheduled a showing and I left thinking, “No way.” Then over the next week God kept bringing the home to mind and my brain wouldn’t shut off thinking about all the updates I would make.
This particular example has a more traditional look to it and employs an open layout, sharing its space with the adjacent kitchen. The use of French cabinet doors really opens up the room and puts on display the owner’s collection of fine porcelain. Smart use of a coffered ceiling and industrial chandelier rounds out the room’s aesthetic quite well.
The approximate costs and value of a typical Dining Room Remodeling project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).
Ambience is everything. The use of a stained ladder holding up three ballroom chandeliers grace this in-home eatery. The butcher block “prep”-style dining table is surrounded by rustic whitewashed metal bistro chairs and covered in a miller’s sackcloth table runner. Spruced with painted gourds and a built-in buffet, this straight-line dining area gives edgy touches to the word classic.
Formal dining room ideas with an open floor plan can benefit by being very accommodating to entertaining guests. Not only does this room enjoy an abundance of natural light it also has a beautiful view of the outdoor patio and beyond. This contemporary dining room has a blue and white color palette that really makes the room pop. The dark wood stain on the floor boards makes for a good contrast to the navy color theme and goes well with the dark wood dining table and beige dining chairs.

A golden glow almost emanates from this luxury formal dining room design. The wooden dining table, upholstered brown dining chairs, and the arranged golden tabletop décor match the area rug, wood plank flooring, beige walls, and golden tray ceiling. The hanging chandelier tops it all off with its warm lighting. Visit our gallery featuring dining room lighting ideas to see a variety of light fixtures and styles.


I watch a lot of HGTV and Joanna and Chip Gaines are always giving their carpenter the task to build  fabulous farmhouse tables for the decor in their client’s homes they have remodeled.  This table isn’t quite as large as some of the ones you see on the show, but this is a great tutorial to use … Continue reading Make Your Very Own Quaint Farmhouse Table!


3. Design is Emotional – Consider that the dining room will be the one room in the house you’ll probably be dealing with at least once a day, every day. For most of us, the dining room is also the room that starts your day, being the room that one eats breakfast in. As such, it is equally important with a formal dining space that how you feel within the space lifts you up and is an inviting and attractive place for you and your guests.
Begin each day with a grateful heart. The large-lettered grateful message is painted on the smooth side of three wide wooden boards nailed together as an expression of great daily expectations. Placed handily over a single shelf with greenery and a wood-carved floral tray containing two silver and glass decanters, this sentiment is a great daily motivator.
There are literally hundreds of ways to do lighting fixtures. Most people who are looking for that “unique” factor head for junkyards or cruise throw-aways looking for ideas. Recycling sturdy toss-outs, like a small crate box or old horse stable lantern, and outfitting it with bronze or metallic light fixtures can perk up a dark area with some style.

Exposed wooden rafters and wooden beams are great for creating roomy Mediterranean spaces such as this one. The natural texture of the wood goes well with the clay floor tiles. A seemingly contradicting traditionally styled dining table set and glass chandelier surprisingly goes well with the whole aesthetic and creates a classical luxury vibe in the space. Dining rooms with French doors bring in an extra sense of ambiance and beauty as shown here.
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