Ok, so let's talk dining. For most of our relationship Matt and I didn't have a proper dining room. Or actually any for the eight years we lived in Los Angeles (well inside anyway, outside we had two, ahhh the joys of southern california living.) So when we moved to Seattle and had a real dining area where we could actually eat without sitting on the floor at the coffee table in the living room, it was a dream come true. Visions of place settings and dinner parties flooded my head as I went on the hunt for the perfect table and chairs. Much to my surprise I actually found it at a vintage Second Use store. The stainless steel tulip table and chairs with smoky glass and acrylic tops sent me for a spin. It was exactly what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for. Needless to say it came home asap and for a meesley two-hundred bucks!
The 'before' was taken at the open house when we were hunting (to see the rest of the 'before' images check out Welcome, This is a Farmhouse.) Ok, so besides the dining set my other big score in this room were the gym lockers. I found those at a neighborhood garage sale one sunday afternoon. The guy sold them to me for just sixty dollars, little did he know they go for ten times the price. So, I just forked over the cash, ran to get my car and hoisted them in before he became any wiser.
Let's see what else? Oh, the grey paint. When we moved to the grey sky country of the Pacific Northwest from bright, cheery, and sunny Southern California the last color in the world I thought I would ever use would be grey. But alas, I someone became completely obsessed with it. And let me tell you that picking the perfect grey was a tedious process (post on that to come soon). As my love affair with this tone skyrocketed I began challenging myself with its use in the house. I wanted grey everywhere. It's all I could think about. But I didn't want it to be depressing, boring and overdone. How could I use it in many different applications while maintaing a bright and happy environment? How could I use different shades and have each area look and feel different? How could I use it as a unifying theme in the house but still have each space be completely unique and different from each other? One thing that allowed me to pull it off was the fact that the house is flooded with natural light so it wouldn't make the space dark but would help balance it. By using the grey in strategic places and juxtaposing it with reflective walls and bright accents, it ended up working out how I had imagined. The house isn't confined or claustrophobic in dark tones but peaceful, open, and cheery.
Another element that had to be considered when creating this space was the floor plan. Since the living and dining areas are an open floor plan it was important to me to create spaces that stood on their own but also worked in harmony. I wanted to keep it clean, simple, and relaxing. It's what you first see when you walk in the house. It always makes me think of past parties and future happenings to come. Although Matt and I mostly eat in the kitchen nook we dine here for special meals, dinner parties, or just to change it up every now and then. After almost eighteen years of makeshift eating areas I'm more than happy that we finally have a proper dining room like big peoples.
Images: alysha findley