Even before we signed the papers on the house I was dreaming and scheming my way through oodles of Pinterest pins to identify what exactly I wanted each room of Chatham St. House to look like. We don't have much in the way of belongings so almost everything will need to be acquired over time (i.e. we don't have the means to do everything at once). I see this as a fun challenge and one where my imagination can go wild.
Here's what I'm dreaming of for the dining room...
Because this space gets a ton of natural light, I want to keep the walls and woodwork warm and light. It will also create a rosy glow for candlelit dinners and game night. This room will be my gallery of sorts, hosting a wall of artwork we've only begun acquiring. I love art with a lot of color, pattern, and an extra dose of fun, so the rest of the space will stay mostly neutral. I hope to one day fill the walls from floor to ceiling in original works.
I will one day inherit my Papaw's bar, but until that time we'll need a sideboard to serve double duty as storage and bar space. Trolling Craigslist has become a daily ritual and I'm confident I'll find something eventually. We'll also need a new Dining Room table that will complement my thrifted Chinese bench and the blue ladder back chairs from my Grandparent's house (hint hint - Dad you need to visit soon).
More than anything I want this space to feel flexible - A place to gather, a place to work, a place to linger. It's one of my favorite spaces in the house already so I can only imagine how I'll feel when it's done. I already have the lighting diy well underway. See sources for everything below.
Only time will tell whether my dreams and my reality match up, but for now this feels pretty darn good to me. - b.