Dining Room Dilemmas and Help from Real Simple Magazine

January 20, 2013

Is there a room in your house that you'd like to "do-over?"  If you're anything like me, your answer is a resounding yes!  Most recently I've been fixated on our dining room.  And lo and behold I found some fabulous inspiration from my Real Simple Weekly Tips Newsletter.

Obviously you need a good table, but it's the accessories and other furniture in the room that I get overwhelmed by.  What kind of lighting?  What color paint?  Curtains?  I give up.

Maybe you love a good toile.
Green and toile dining room
Emerald Beauty

Or a nice crisp white country table.
 Light, open, airy dining room with a whitewashed farm table
Bright on White

I would love to go bold and mix white with a bright color, like this cool blue. 
Don't you just love the chandelier?
White kitchen with blue trimmed windows
The New Blue

Or how about a mix of modern with shabby chic whites and romantic wallpaper?   
Love that tin breadbox on the sideboard!
Traditional damask wallpaper
Subtle Pattern

Right now our dining room table, china cabinet and two sideboards are hand-me-downs from my husband's family that we've used for 18 years.  They've seen a ton of use over the years and I'm really grateful for them.  And truth be told, they're really classic, well-made pieces that I KNOW I just should not paint!  (Even though I want to!  Shhhhh!)  So what's a girl to do?    
For now I'm leaning toward slipcovers for the dining room chairs.

.  Now if I could just figure out where to get cheap  inexpensive slipcovers I'd be set. 

Any ideas?

What's your dining room dilemma?

Have a great week!


{I was not paid by Real Simple Magazine in any way for this post.}

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At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Kathy, Did you ever check out Sure Fit? They sell covers for dining chairs, even folding chairs in all kinds of styles and fabrics.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yes ! Every room in my house. Lots of pretty inspiration there. I was thinking earlier, wish I had the money to just call someone in and just say "get it done". :-D

momto8 said...

love the pics!! fun to think (dream) about1

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

My dining room dilemma is the same as yours, good furniture, just outdated. I wouldn't hesitate to paint mine, but it would be a huge job and I just can't find the time. Love these inspiration rooms and I'm sure your room will be gorgeous.

Marium said...

I love the inspiration photos you chose! i'll be repinning some of these. New follower here. Would love to have you stop by - www.decoratevintage.blogspot.com

momto8 said...

love the pics!

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