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.
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.
When the homeowners removed the structure's dropped ceilings and drywall, they discovered dramatic roof beams and charming beadboard. In the dining room, and throughout the residence, they sanded the pine floors and stained them a rich ebony. Here, they sit in midcentury Woodard chairs. A friend crafted the dining table out of wood salvaged from a bowling lane. The oversize light formerly illuminated a factory. The walls are painted High-Gloss White by Behr.

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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.
From the days of leftover wood yard boards and unused chickenwire comes a spirited throwback whitewashed cupboard buffet designed to hold and display dishes or anything else your heart desires. With two mesh wire door panels up top, scalloped edges, and a spindle-legged hutch with shiplap model backing, this double-door double-drawer piece is a conversation starter all on its own.
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