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House Reveal: The Dining Room

This has been the weirdest year having a room that was designed to include guests yet with no guests to come and use it with us. Nevertheless, our dining room is destined for dinner parties aplenty soon enough! Here’s a look…

The dining room for me is one of the main places of gathering in any home—not just for your immediate family who lives there but also for friends and family who will come over for dinner parties and gatherings. This has been the weirdest year having a room that was designed to include guests yet with no guests to come and use it with us. Nevertheless, our dining room is destined for dinner parties aplenty soon enough! Here’s a look…

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Trousdale 2 Racetrack Dining Table by Modshop at Wayfair* (in bleached solid hickory), Fifties Leather Upholstered Side Chair from Calligaris at Wayfair,* Face Bookend Vase by Jungalow, Toppu Cake Stand by Oyoy, Maxwell Pendant Light by Lamps Plus*, Azteca Wallpaper by Drop It Modern* (in soapstone), Lower Cabinets Base by Reform*, Lumiere Handles and T-Knobs by Schaub* (in acrylic and satin brass), Quartz Countertop by Caesarstone* (in White Attica), Upper Cabinets are custom, Blomst 01 Art Print by Uffe Buchard and Michael Rygaard for Paper Collective at The Poster Club, Original Art by Michelle Armas (blue abstract), Striped Kaya 3 Piece Ceramic Planter by Jungalow* (in aqua), Raw Earth Planter by Angus & Celeste* (in Chalk White), Rug by HD Buttercup (past season), Wall Paint by Clare* (in Classic).

Statement Wallpaper

The dining room stayed mostly true to the original design plan except that our plan for a mural turned into wallpaper. This was the one room (of the rooms with wallpaper) that I chose removable wallpaper because I had a hard time choosing something permanent for this statement wall without first living in it. I needed to feel the flow, see the light, and live in it. Plus, it’s one of the first rooms you see when you come inside. I love the wallpaper we currently installed as it’s a great, large-scale abstract pattern. But knowing I could switch this up later down the line is nice, too!

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Face Bookend Vase by Jungalow, Upper cabinets are custom, Lower Cabinets Base by Reform*, Lumiere Handles and T-Knobs by Schaub* (in acrylic and satin brass), Quartz Countertop by Caesarstone* (in White Attica), Raw Earth Planter by Angus & Celeste* (in Chalk White).

Storage and Shelving
As you’ve seen in some of our other reveals, shelving and storage was a priority in every room of our house. While the dining room is right near the kitchen (and in many ways an extension of the space where we enjoy the food that was cooked), it has its own set of items to be stored that we wanted to maximize. We mixed semi-custom with custom and worked with Reform doors (on Ikea bases) for the bottom half of this piece and had the top half custom-made. The lower cabinets hold special occasion serving plates, vases, and pitchers as well as wine, champagne, and all the contents of a bar cart! Since we have kids, we chose to keep those items tucked away and out of reach vs. out on display.

The upper cabinets are open and therefore meant hold items that could function while also being on display. These shelves hold candles, vases, books, plants, and other decorative objects. It’s backed with a rose-tinted mirror to help expand the space with a warm, bright glow.

Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Original Art by Élan Byrd, Trousdale 2 Racetrack Dining Table by Modshop at Wayfair* (in bleached solid hickory), Fifties Leather Upholstered Side Chair from Calligaris at Wayfair*, Maxwell Pendant Light by Lamps Plus*, Azteca Wallpaper by Drop It Modern* (in soapstone). 
Photo by Bethany Nauert. Sources: Custom photo by Max Wanger, Frame by Simply Framed* (in Gallery Natural), Wall Paint by Clare* (in Classic).

Art

While I normally would use wallpaper fully on every wall of a room, this room is open to other spaces and therefore not defined by four walls like a closed room would be. So we focused on the statement, large scale wallpaper on the main wall as well as large art pieces that could stand on their own without the need for a gallery wall. I custom-ordered a couple pieces from Élan Byrd to add texture and a statement to one wall while adding an abstracted portrait of our family by Max Wanger to the opposite wall.

The Table and Chairs

Although our everyday meals involve just the four of us, I wanted to incorporate a larger dining table to allow space for friends and family. Whether a weekend dinner or Thanksgiving, this 8-seater helps to bridge the best of both worlds for our needs. I love the unique oval shape of the table, and I made sure the chairs were smooth and wipeable to make it livable with kids.

Plants

Plants are tucked into the shelves, on the counters, and standing in a few clusters near the dining table. I always like to add a mix in a variety of heights to add color and texture for an even livelier space!

P.S. Find all my house posts right here!

Credits:
Reveal photos: Bethany Nauert
Progress photos: Lily Glass
Design: Joy Cho with Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Styling: Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Architecture: Project M Plus
Construction: Boswell Construction
My Dress: Whit NY (past season)

All furniture and materials sources noted within captions below photos. *Indicates an item that was designer discounted or gifted to us in exchange for coverage on Oh Joy. All opinions are my own. Please leave a comment if we missed anything you would like to know the source of!

9 comments

  1. I really love the storage unit. Functional and aesthetically pleasing 💛 The artwork (as always) completes the look.

  2. Absolutely stunning! Here is hoping 2021-22 brings safe and joyous dinner parties your way! Have a restful weekend.

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