Pretty updates in the "morning" room

April 28, 2018

Goodness! It's been a busy but great week! I'm just now getting a chance to sit down and write to you all. I can't believe how fast time is flying by...does it feel like that to any of you? I'm shocked that May starts this week. The wonderful weather we've had recently makes me so happy -- LOVE it! 

We've made some changes in our dining/morning room that I've been wanting to show you. We don't have a formal dining room and that was one of the things I loved about this house. We didn't use the one in our last home and I eventually turned it into a library

Anyway, it's been nice to have a dedicated eating space but have it so open to the rest of the house. It's really just an extension of the kitchen. And it's not stuffy at all, which I like. We just used what we had when we moved in -- a console table I had in our old family room and our kitchen table. 

I shared the space with you a few months ago. We always knew we wanted to make some changes in here but waited till inspiration and the budget struck. ;) The room was very "leggy" -- lots legs and lines. I wanted to soften it up a bit and added a solid buffet of some sort. Also, my husband HATED our kitchen table. He's not picky about much in our house so when he wants to change something I'm (usually ๐Ÿ˜‚) happy to oblige. 

So anyway, we just decided to see what caught our eye, and when my friend posted a picture of a beautiful console in her shop earlier this year, I fell in LOVE. It was more than I wanted to spend (even though she gave me a great price) so I waited it out. I figured if it was still there in a few weeks it was meant to be...I do that a lot! Turns out it was. Here's a peek:
light wood cane door buffet

I absolutely LOVED the cane doors and the lighter wood color. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I always feel good about my decision if I let it "go" and then see if it's still around when I'm ready. I keep all of my serving dishes in there and it's awesome to have a dedicated spot for all of them. 

A couple months ago we were visiting friends when they told us about a sale at a local store where they got a new dining table. We ran in on the last day of the sale and found a table we really liked. It was at a huge discount so we snatched it up. It ended up costing us less than our original table we got years ago (and I thought that one was a pretty good price for a large solid wood table).

The top on this one is solid wood as well and we loved the industrial nod of the metal legs and accents. I had no idea how the wood would work with the chairs, but crossed my fingers. Turns out it's perfect:
Metal "x" dining table

It looks like they came together, right? Both sets of chairs and the table work beautifully together. Happy accident! 

I didn't want the two new pieces to match too well -- but it turns out they are nearly identical as far as the wood tone. The metal legs help to break it up though and the lighter wood really calms the space. I just love how soothing and peaceful it is in here:
Light wood industrial dining table

The large mirror was in our bedroom and one day I brought it out here and knew it had to stay. The lamps used to live in our bedroom. ๐Ÿ‘

I'll give you a source list of everything at the bottom of the post as always! The rug was in our old library and fit perfectly in here:
Light and neutral dining space

The long wall in here is a tough one -- I've been trying to decide on a way to fill it up without it feeling busy and I have an idea percolating. ;) I'm kind of excited about it, but want to run it by the hubby first to get his thoughts. 

This room gets wonderful natural light all day, but the most beautiful morning sun...hence my love for the morning room title. Isn't that a lovely name?: 
Long five light chandelier

We have large sliding doors in here -- I wasn't sure I'd like having sliding doors but the panes give them some detail. The larger than normal size makes them feel more substantial too. And we LOVE being able to have a screen door open! We've never had a screen door before.

This guy is parked here every day now that the weather has turned for the better:
Sliding glass doors with panes

Other than my large wall idea, I have plans to add drapes to soften up the window wall. Also, I had the light moved down about 18 inches during the building process because I've always had a long window seat in mind for under the windows. 

I think some wood ceiling beams would look awesome in here too -- I'm playing around with that in my head. We'll see! 
Industrial wood and metal table

One added bonus with that table is the support rod down the middle -- it's perfect for resting your feet! I always want to put my feet up so I like that. :) 

I tried to find a similar table online but didn't have much luck. If you know of anything let me know! 
Dining room with light wood and metal accents

Goodness we really love how this room is transforming. It's even better at night with the lights dimmed. Don't you think beams would be lovely? Slow but sure we're putting our stamp on this wonderful house and it's been SO fun! I'm in heaven. :) 

As always, here's a list of the items in the room -- let me know if I forgot anything. Some affiliate links are included for your convenience:

Upholstered chairs -- HomeGoods
Dining table -- Urban Styles Furniture in Indy (FUN store to look through and they have great sales. We got our sofas from them for an amazing price too.)
Gray lamps -- Target
Salt and pepper cellars on table -- Target
Long wood tray -- At Home
Buffet -- Marshmallow Monkey in Franklin, IN. My friend Nicole is the owner and is the Hoosier "Joanna." :) She is crazy talented and it's a gorgeous store! Tell her I say hi if you visit. :)
Candle sconces -- World Market
Rug -- HomeGoods
Bamboo roman shades -- Home Depot (I used these in both houses -- love them!)
Dining chairs -- World Market
Taper holders -- World Market
Light fixture --  Houzz
Mirror -- I got mine at HomeGoods but there's a similar one at Pier 1

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  1. It's so fun to watch you personalize this home!The new dining and buffet are beautiful!

  2. Where is the fiddle leaf fig tree from?? Your room in amazing!!

    1. I’ve found them all over — Home Depot has them sometimes. And our local nursery always has some too. :) :)

  3. So photogenic! I love the addition of the plants, really freshens up the room! ๐Ÿƒ

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  4. It looks so pretty! My breakfast room is the last room in my house to be finished so I'm taking notes. Maybe I should call it a morning room? That just sounds better lol.

  5. Beautiful room! I was wondering about your side chairs for your dining room table. I have a farm house table I'm looking at new chairs for - are those comfortable??

    1. Yes very! Visitors actually comment on that often — you don’t think they would be.

  6. That buffet is beautiful! It reminds me of Sausalito pieces from Pottery Barn.

  7. It all looks so pretty. The table and chairs look great together - I love happy accidents, too! The only thing I’d change is, I would remove the runner. I think it takes away from the beauty of the table. Love your blog, it’s my favorite!

    1. Thank you! I love the runner though — it helps to break up what would be quite a bit of wood. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. LOVE your whole house. You've been inspiring me for years. Just an FYI, I clicked on the World Market Link for Candle Sconces, and it took me to the salt cellar at Target. Thanks so much for continuing to share your ideas and beautiful home projects!

  9. Very pretty - I'm on the hunt for a similar buffet - it's so pretty and practical too!


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