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Casual Dining Room Refresh

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It takes time for me to create a space that I truly love. We’ve been in our house for around 17 months and my dining room was more like a vacant dumping space. Better Homes & Gardens challenge this month was to create a space that we love. I’m sharing how I did that with you today. There’s nothing fancy about our home or us for that matter. Having a fancy formal dining room is not us at all. I wanted a space with comfortable seating and a linger longer atmosphere.

Casual Dining Room Refresh

Wicker chairs for dining room

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Before I had not given much thought as to how the room would be used. It was just for overflow when we had too many guest to fit around the farmhouse table in the kitchen.

Dining room before makeover

The first thing I did was empty the room except for the large pieces of furniture. I lived with it like this for a week or so while I came up with a plan and really thought about how I wanted the room to function. I have included affiliate links to the items used. Some things I’ve had for a long time and just moved them around.

Take your time and really think about your family and lifestyle.

Here’s what I did to for my Casual Dining Refresh:

Step One – Remove as much as possible to quiet the room. 

  • Clear all the surfaces.
  • Remove previous dining chairs.
  • Sweep, dust and clean. Perfect time to freshen everything up.

Step Two – Think about style and function. How will you and the family use the space. My style is casual farmhouse – with a fresh approach. I knew that I wanted to add color and coziness to the space.

  • Add warmth with rug.
  • Color – curtains, pillows, accessories
  • Texture – rug, pillows and florals

Step Three – Budget, sadly most of us have to think about using our budget creatively.

Step Four – Shop your house

I removed items from the top of the cabinet and replaced it with decor that I stored in my pantry. I have found that moving things around the house or storing them for a while really helps keep things fresh. I also changed out the art work. I just grabbed a mirror from another room to replace the large print.

Putting it all together!

Choosing the rug, chairs and pillows was easy. When it came to curtain choice I was torn between these two:

Curtains for Cottage dining room

I loved the neutral of one and the color of the other. I really thought I knew which one would still be hanging in there right now…but I was wrong.

Process of dining room makeover

During the process, I tried navy cushions and leaving the curtains that I already had. It just looked a little too boring for me. After adding the rug and chairs, I knew this change was going to make me happy.

Dining Room Refresh

The texture and color really add warmth to the space. I kept both sets of curtains, I will be using the other ones in a guest bedroom.

Farmhouse dining room pillows

Outdoor rug for dining room

The indoor/outdoor rug has a cable knit pattern and feels great on bare feet. Easy to clean and comfortable, my favorite combination!

I mixed colors to create a collected look with the pillows and table setting.

Feather napkins for farmhouse dining room

A few DIY crafts, like this inked feather napkin, looks great with the mason jars and the mix of soft colors throughout the floral tablescape. I already had everything on the table except for those wonderful copper/galvanized serving trays.

Farmhouse Cottage Dining Room

Casual dining room with comfy chairs perfect for lingering longer, love the mix and match.

The farmhouse cart seems suited for the area as well, from serving to storage, it’s a hard working functional piece. You can visit here to see how I used it in the kitchen: Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover

Farmers Market in Dining Room

Dining Room refresh neutral curtains

Casual dining room with comfy chairs perfect for lingering longer, love the mix and match.

Curtains for the farmhouse cottage blue flowers

I decided to go with the blue floral curtains. They add a pop of color to that side of the room and I love how fresh the florals makes the space look.

BHG curtains

Blue floral curtains for dining room

Wicker chairs for dining room

Dining room makeover

BHG Curtains Pillows Rug

I love keeping our home livable, I can remember my first house, it had a formal dining room and we went out and bought a formal matching dining set and never used the space. It was a “formal dining” room and we weren’t those people! After that I learned my lesson, we strive to make a happy home, no matter what the room is called!

What makes you happy when designing a room?

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    7 thoughts on “Casual Dining Room Refresh”

    1. Very pretty! Your rug looks to be just what I’m looking for in my dining room. It did not have any reviews, so I’m wondering if it laid down okay without wrinkles or edges curling up?

      • Hi Marie, the rug is laying perfect! When I first unrolled it I sat a chair on the curled edged and straightened out by the next morning. I really love the look!


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