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Dining Room Design Board

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It has been way way too long since my last design project! I think Beau’s nursery was my last big one and he’s 15 months old now (can you even believe that?!). I am so excited for this one. I think it’ll bring a lot more function to the space than the way we’re utilizing it now.

We have decided to convert our “formal” living room into a full dining room! Right now, we are eating most of our meals in our little breakfast nook…if you haven’t seen that you can check the design board for it here. It’s a cute little space off of our kitchen, but it doesn’t fit a highchair and it just isn’t ideal for family dinners or Sunday brunch.

Creating a full dining room will not only give us a place to have family dinner, but it gives us a proper place to store the highchair (it’s currently in the family room…yikes), it means we can have more friends over for dinners, and it will also double a nice space for us to sit and work some times when the couch or the office just ain’t cutting it!

Keep scrolling the see the design and catch all the links at the bottom of this post! Don’t forget to pin this to your inspo boards for later, and follow along on instagram to see the progress too!

I really focused in on finding budget friendly pieces and dupes of more expensive items I loved for this project. Everything in life is so expensive for everyone right now and I was thrilled to find pieces at half their regular price using discount sites like Overstock. (Not a paid partnership). I was particularly stoked on this table! Finding that white oak look at a reasonable price is hard! I think I went to every single discount furniture shop in town and the cheapest one I could find was from world market for $899 and I was not willing to spend that on just the table. Once this one came across my screen for $499 I was sold…great reviews too! Can’t wait to see it in person!

The thing I did choose to splurge on was this light fixture…here’s why! Our front room is not set up for a hardwired fixture and I am not interested in adding that. I have a little trick I’ve seen making it’s rounds to incorporate some lighting in here (I’ll share more on that later!), but I needed a fixture with shades so my options were limited….especially because I have vaulted ceilings and needed something with adjustable length AND the ability to install on a tilt…this one from West Elm checks all of the boxes!

I’m not entirely sure how much longer we will be in this house, so I’m not looking to dive into anything that can’t come with me to the next house. That means that these gorgeous pleated curtains I am totally in love with (they are having a moment on the internet right now) might have to wait until we find our more permanent home…window treatments often don’t transfer well because windows and ceilings are different house to house. I’ll keep ya posted on it though!

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February 28, 2023


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A photographer of all things life & love. Dog mama to two tiny pups that have my whole heart, and married to my best friend of 13 years. Together, we share a little house on Lemon St.

I’m Shannan Leigh.

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