When it comes to decorating my own house, I believe that less is always more. A neutral color palette, clean lines mixed with a few rustic elements, a touch of wood and something unique are things that are always in my décor brain. A couple of weeks ago, I was on the hunt for new dining chairs. I wanted dining chairs that were kid-friendly, but also beautiful and unique. The dining room was only missing that last piece of the puzzle to be completed. Once I started browsing online, I was amazed at all the options I found (read through here to see the top four picks). After a couple of indecisive days, I finally opted for the white Sidera chair from CB2. This chair has the most beautiful woven crosshatch pattern on slim tapered solid ash wooden legs. It is just perfect for the room. The white molded plastic against the gray concrete top makes the space feel balanced. I really love the overall look. Sometimes a work of art steals the show. Sometimes a wallpapered wall makes a statement. But here, these chairs are certainly the eye candy in the room. Every time I walk into the room, I can hear the chairs saying "Ha, made you look!"
Do you know that special feeling when you accomplish something amazing or when you finish working on a big project? Oh, yeah, THAT special feeling. That's how I feel when I visit my parents for our daily breakfast gathering. Fresh paint, a ridiculous-good-looking-table, chairs, artwork, a beautiful rug, and coffee. Everything working together like one big welcoming community, whose sole purpose is to make ME happy! Oh, sure I will take a sit and sip that coffee with lots of milk and some sugar, please... This dining room is the first room you see when you walk into my parents' house. Before the renovation took place, you had to peek through a tiny door to actually see this room. During the renovation, we almost considered not taking down a few walls because of laziness or a budgetary issue, I can't remember which one. But I am so glad we did it! Knocking down two walls helped open up this space and create a more welcoming vibe. We decorated the room around that beautiful rug. Bringing that beast from Brazil while traveling with three kids was well worth it! We opted for a round table because you know, somehow you can always fit one more sit if you need it. The glass against the wooden base is perfection. A strange mix between heavy and light, dark and transparent that works so well for this room. After we had the rug and table, we decided to do a speed dating event and brought in a couple of chairs to meet the new table. When the white chair was placed next to the table, it was love at first sight. And then it happened, without a lot of planning, we had designed a mid-century dining room with a rustic twist. Or maybe it is the other way around.
When we got ready to start decorating my parent’s house we were faced with a dilemma. We needed a large dining table. To be more precise, we needed a table for 15. The problem was that the dining room wasn’t THAT big. Meanwhile, my parents were envisioning happy family gatherings around a large dining table on a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon. So, of course, I could not crush that little dream of theirs. After 300 plus opinions, we decided to do a round dining table at the “official” dining room for smaller dinner gatherings and breakfast. We then took advantage of the large living room and decided to transform that room into a living room combined with a dining room and a game room as well. Once we had a goal, we started our search for a dining table that could fit 15. It turns out, it is nearly impossible to find such table. But back in my dark attic, an old table sat there quietly, waiting patiently amongst boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations and Halloween costumes. A couple of years ago, we carefully placed my old dining table in the attic despite our strict attic rule. We do have very strict rules about this attic of ours. And by we, I really mean Alex. The rule is simple, very simple. Nothing goes in the attic. According to Alex, the attic can only store seasonal items. Things that stay there for a while but come downstairs once in a while to say a quick hello. But my old table, oh, I could not let that one go. Her legs were just too good-looking. Skinny and shiny, and oh, so metallic! I knew that if I saved it in the forbidden attic for a couple of years, one day she would come downstairs to show off her legs again. And I had just found the perfect opportunity.