Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dining Room Finishing Touches

Our dining room is a major piece of the puzzle that is our house! It sits right in the middle of our main living area, and it's seen from almost every room on the main floor!
Our dining room is also a fairly bossy room. It almost demands that we have a round or square dining table, it would not fit a rectangle table. Because of our open concept, all of it's walls connect to other areas so there's no opportunity for an accent wall of paint or wallpaper. There are no windows to dress up with curtains. It has to be a show stopper but leaves us with NO opportunity to make it stand out!
So we had to work with what we've got and added our own show stopping touches . . . like the BARN DOOR!  And our new dining room artwork!

The art work was a very lucky craigslist find. I've gotten into the habit of typing my favorite stores into the search box on Craigslist and seeing what pops up. I'll type in everything from Pottery Barn to Restoration Hardware, these pieces of art were originally from Urban Barn (one of my favorite stores). I typed in Urban Barn one day and these guys popped up, the woman was moving and didn't have room for them (although I think they're so fabulous I would have made room) she wanted $100 for all three! I drove down there (40 min away) and picked them up I basically threw the money at her I was so excited. As I loaded them into the back of the car I noticed that they still had their price tags on the back at a whopping $179 each!!!
I LOVE them and I don't think that I could have found better suiting images for our dining room!


Since I'm on bit of an URBAN BARN love fest I wanted to show you my latest find, these Beautiful Crystal Candle holders. Urban Barn had a recent midnight madness sale 25% off accessories and I grabbed this set of three which came to around $35. I wasn't going to grab them because I already had some super cheap candle holders from Ikea but Lee saw them, and said he liked them too and for Lee to say that he "likes" crystal candle holders is BIG sign from above that I'm meant to have them . . . Lee doesn't like anything to do with candles unless they are in the shape of skulls . . . or motorcycles but I've never seen a candle in the shape of a motorcycle! My sister was happy to receive the old Ikea ones . . . it's win win!


The bowls are from Homesense, I love an angled bowl, for some reason they seem really Asian too me, so we usually have noodles in them, but they work really well for pasta too!
The napkins are just made from some leftover fabric I had lying around!


The plates under the bowls are from Target, I found a pack of 4 for . . . just over $4!


I threw them in the cart so fast I almost broke'em!


So there's our new dining room!!! I'm tempted to say 'completed dining room' but I have a feeling that one day (in the far far future) I'll be changing the simple pendant out for some thing with a bit more sparkle! Definitely not a traditional chandelier but just something with a bit more WOW!!
But that's in the FAR FAR future!!


p.s. Thank you for all the barn door love yesterday. . . and husband LOVE. He is pretty darn amazing, I agree!!!

33 comments:

  1. The new artwork is perfect for the space! And, what a steal of a price!! Love your new candlesticks. Will have to check out Urban Barn. Is it a Canadian company?

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  2. That is an amazing deal that you got on that art work! It is just perfect for that space! And the barn door really makes the space- looks pretty complete to me! :)

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  3. Your dining room looks just gorgeous!!I love your style!!!!

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  4. I think the dining rooms looks fabulous! You don't need windows or an accent wall to make it fabulous, those pictures sure did the trick. I love the white poinsettias. Are they from one large poinsetita and then just cut down for bud vases?

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  5. So pretty!! You are so good at combining things I would have never thought of! I would have thought the barn door would be too rugged for your style, but you combine it perfectly and it looks amazing! I wish I had your eye!! Love it all!!

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  6. It looks beautiful and what perfect artwork for the walls!!! You have great taste!!

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  7. You may have mentioned this before, but where is the table from? I love it and am in need of a new table for our kitchen!

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  8. that looks amazing, I really need to get on Craiglist and see what is out there. Great score on those pictures, they are perfect for the room. Love all the things you are doing with your home, I am trying to convince my husband to build in our bookcases over the holidays...love to look of yours. love reading your blog and it's so nice to find excellent blogs that are canadian.

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  9. Ashley -- as always, everything is gorgeous, well thought out and all are perfect fits for your space. BTW I just love your enthusiasm. Your blog is such a happy refreshing place to come visit!

    Happy holidays!

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  10. I am having some serious dining room envy over here! Wow! What an amazing dining room! That art work is PERFECT! And that barn door...I want it! Beautiful job:-)

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  11. That art work is fan-freakin'-tastic!! It all looks so great: candlesticks, dishes, napkins. But the art work and the Lee door really make it as show stopping as you said you wanted. Bravo!

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  12. Love the barn door! You dining area looks fab!

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  13. The Table is from a local Liquidation store but I've also seen it on OVERSTOCK.com!
    Hope that helps a bit
    Ashli

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  14. Tones- The poisettias are from one big plant I found for $6 and then I cut off flowers it was way cheaper then buying a bouquet!!!
    A

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  15. I recently bought an antique round dining table, that extends to a 12 seater and I have been searching everywhere for a nice table runner to go across it. Love the cross over look. Unfortunately none have them have been long enough to go across the table. I might have to make some. Once again Ashlii, your room looks gorgeous!

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  16. Your room turned out great!!!

    Do you leave your dishes staged on your table all the time or are they there just for these pictures?

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  17. Really, really pretty!

    Louise

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  18. Love everything about that room!! You have such a great decorating sense!! And a handy hubby as well!!

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  19. This room has come together beautifully and doesn't look like any other out there. Great job!

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  20. Such a lovely room; well done! Lovin' the art on the wall, but I (personally) can't take my eyes off the barn door ;-) Great finds for the table and you've arranged it beautifully. I especially love the creamy poinsettias around your new candle sticks (I was going to go to the Urban Barn sale, but changed my mind at the last minute. Dumb me!!).
    Victoria

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  21. Some times we leave our dishes on the table, it a fool proof way to make sure Lee doesn't drop all his work stuff off on the table, most of the time it's empty! But we're having a couple friends over for dinner this weekend so we'll leave it set until then!
    Keeping it beautifully set is a great way to make sure no one dumps junk on it though!! :)
    Lots of Love
    Ashli

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  22. I am in awe of your barn door....gorgeous! I need one in my home...! The rest of your dining room is beautiful, well done Ashli!

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  23. wow ...crazy about your dining room...the barn door is to die for! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I think this might be the first time I'm seeing a barn door in a "real" house. It looks fantastic!

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  25. This looks stunning ~ you guys are so inspiring!

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  26. Oh my, my, my ..... the barn door is amazing!!! Your dining room is beautiful. You guys have done a fabulous job. We want to incorporate a barn door outside under our deck so we can create a storage area. Love them!!

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  27. I love the new art work but what did you do with the old.......I would love to own it !

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  28. Thanks :) The old artwork is going into the basement (one day . . . media room) but right now it's just the basement!
    haha

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  29. Wonderful dining room. I love all of your creative touches. Everything came together so nicely, I am sure you are happy it's done.......well done for now :)

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  30. I just came over from HodgePodge and I love your blog. Your dining room is beautiful - all the peices are just perfect, and I LOVE the deals you got :) I'm your newest follower and can'twait to read more of your blog.

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  31. I love your style! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration. (You & I seem to have the same shopping style too! lol I get just as excited when I find what I want...)

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  32. I know this is an old post, but I was wondering where and how do you store all of your dishes and linens?

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