We are giving our dining room a little bit of an overhaul. Brandon scraped the ceilings and painted the room over the weekend, so now the real fun begins. I wanted our dining room in our last house to feel traditional since our house was so new and had a crisp, cookie cutter feel to it. I felt like the formal table gave the house some charm that its bones were lacking. But now that we have a 1940s house, the house itself has tradition and charm all over it, so I want crisp, contemporary furniture and decor. So that’s why we are switching it up!

This was our dining room in our last house.

…and then the same table in our new house on the first day we moved in.

Once we got the furniture in place, we freshened up the look with this Gabby Milly Chandelier from Candelabra. I loved the way it looked in our last house and it definitely brought a little breath of fresh air into this space with minimal effort!

Still wasn’t right. Added palm fronds + brightened up the table by setting it with our china on top of some linen placemats. Added a faux fur from Ikea on one of the chair backs.

But, still didn’t feel right, so I sold our table one day when Brandon was at work! Now the room is totally barren and I’m really excited to get the perfect table for it. I’ve wanted a big distressed table for years, so I’ll be shopping around at Celadon for that because they have the best options in town.

Here’s a mood board I whipped up showing my ideas.

The Feiss Yarmouth Lantern Chandelier is from Lamps Plus. I knew I wanted something like that when I saw photos like this.


I could always leave our current chandelier, because I really do love it. But I’m craving a black fixture that you can see through, rather than a drum shade. Our dining room is also a walkway to get from the formal living space to the kitchen, so I’d like to keep it as open as possible. Here’s the mood board with our current chandelier. It is pretty!




black lantern chandelier  /  drum shade chandelier  /  white drapes we have in our house

  slipcovered chairs  /  dining table  /  area rug

artwork: left, right  /  blue glasses  /  dinnerware set  /  napkins  /  bamboo chairs



  1. June 29, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    LOVE THIS. We still live in an apartment, so we had a custom rustic dining table built to fit our space. It definitely makes our super modern apartment have a bit of charm 🙂

  2. June 29, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Hi, Megan! I really like your mood board and ideas. Where did you get the palm fronds?

  3. June 29, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Both options look so good! I'm sure they're everywhere in Charleston, but wondering if you have any suggestions of places that sell the individual palm branches?

  4. June 30, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    I love those chairs in the mood board for the new room! Our dining room currently looks VERY similar to what you had before with the traditional table and chairs but since the chairs are a family heirloom, I don't think I'll be changing those up anytime soon! I also always love to see how you've styled your table because we have the same china! I often feel like it's too formal for the house but I've tried to dress it down a little with linen placemats like yours!

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