The Dining Room



You’ve seen the living room, now it’s time to get a little more formal.

But first you’ll have to excuse me while I go absolutely ape over my dining room. I love this room more than any other space in any place I’ve ever called home. Everything about it. The huge windows, the stunning light, the floor to ceiling built-in… I could go on.

There are pocket doors between the living and dining rooms (seen here), but they’re blocked off for some unknown reason. I’ve done some investigating (and removing of pieces of frame), but can’t figure out where the problem lies. Looks like it’s a job for the professionals.

I’ve never had a dining room before, and I’ve longed to be the kind of girl who had dinner parties and holiday get togethers at her house without the room to do so. The dining room turned out to be more than I could have hoped for with a mix of old vintage pieces that have followed me around a bit and some new.




I was worried the built-in was too busy with my treasures, but a friend reassured me it was a-okay since I stuck to black and white. In the cabinet underneath I store about half of what I refer to as my “entertaining ware” – or the things that only come out a few times a year. I’m thinking I’d maybe someday like to paint the back of the built-in a color like deep turquoise or goldenrod to add a pop, but I’m fantastic as is for the time being.




In my last house this vintage mid-century credenza was in my living room, holding my television, records, DVDs, etc. Here it’s serving its rightful purpose as a buffet and hiding the other half of that “entertaining ware.” (Fist pump.) I’m bound and determined to cover it from edge to edge in plants to take full advantage of all that glorious light I mentioned. In fact I’ve added an aloe plant and a Christmas cactus since these photos were snapped a few weeks ago.




Another piece that’s followed me a few times is this Depression-era kitchen cabinet that I use as my bar. It’s been one of my favorite possessions for a long time now and it feels so right in this house that’s full of character since it has plenty as well.




The original bath (the first of two) is off of the dining room, which is definitely strange. But it’s been renovated and now features a killer glass bowl sink and vanity that you can just see in this shot. I can’t really imagine making overnight guests use it as theirs, so for the time being I mainly use it to bathe the dogs. Since I plan on staying here for some time I can see maybe eventually tearing out the tub and making the pantry that butts up against it on the kitchen side larger. Time will tell.




That floor rug just makes the space, don’t you think? I love how it adds a hit of pattern to my otherwise minimal dining room. The mid-century table and chairs set the tone for many dinners to come and the light fixture might as well be a piece of art in itself. (A huge, massive thank you to West Elm for reaching out for a collaboration!) I gave it all a test run last weekend for a birthday party and people gravitated towards the room like a magnet, I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments on decorating before. Like I said, OBSESSED.



Parker Expandable Dining Table c/o West Elm // Splat Dining Chairs in pecan c/o West Elm // Torres Wool Kilim Rug c/o West Elm // Mobile Chandelier c/o West Elm // credenza (vintage) // bar cabinet (vintage) // large green bowl – handmade // large glass vessel – Pier 1, no longer available // aqua bamboo bowl – Target, no longer available // Sonneman Level Table Lamp – // Male and Female Socialites Busts – immLiving // silver trunk vase – Target, no longer available // Grass with Seeds – Minted

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

  • LEE @ Modern Granola

    November 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Very nice! I agree with you about the rug. It really enhances the vibe of the room. And the bar is super cool. Way to go!

  • Nicole

    November 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Your house is looking so good! And those are my favorite dining chairs.

  • Lisa

    November 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    This room is gorgeous.

  • Erin

    December 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Looks really great, Kelly!!! Congrats on your new place and happy holidays!

  • Justine

    February 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Hi! I love everything about this. It’s beautiful! Can you please tell me what kind of flooring this is?

    • Kelly

      February 17, 2016 at 10:22 am Reply

      I don’t know specifics, it was in the the home when I purchased it. All I know is that it’s a blonde laminate.

  • Kristin

    April 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Does the light fixture give off enough light? We are thinking of putting it above our island that’s just a few inches over 6′ long…I just want to make sure it will be enough light.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Kelly

      May 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Definitely! I have it on a dimmer as well, which is nice.

  • Liz Lewis

    September 25, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

    question: is that the mobile chandelier large or grande? i want to buy the large for my dining room (grande would be too big) but it doesn’t come in black. advice?

    • Kelly

      September 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply

      It’s been two years since I got it, so I’m not sure which it is. Each spindle measures about two feet if that helps. But when all else fails stuff the sockets with paper towels and spray paint!

  • River Nolin

    February 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Hi! What colour did you paint the walls?

    • Kelly

      February 23, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

      It’s a custom color match from Sherwin-Williams.

  • Pinky @ Designs by Pinky

    March 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

    I saw your cabinet over at orphans with makeup, and had to come here to ask where you got it??? I swear it is exactly like my Grandmother’s!!! It would be amazing if it had been hers:):) I’m referring to the black cabinet that holds your bar.

    • Kelly

      March 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm Reply

      It’s from the Pittsburgh, PA area. My dad found it on trash day as a kid and dragged it home to house his model cars. 🙂

  • Sandy

    August 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Is this the medium or large table? Thanks

    • Kelly

      August 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply

      It’s the large.

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