Thoughts on Styling the Dining Room

Sunday, March 8, 2015

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone that commented and emailed me with such kind words about my dining room project reveal last week. You guys make my day!

With the reveal fresh on my mind, I thought I would share my thoughts on dining room styling.   Here's the thing.  You need to keep it S.I.M.P.L.E.  Are you surprised to hear me say that?

 Think about it.  You're having his side of the family, your side of the family, and a few of your favorite friends to celebrate ______________.  You're going crazy with menu planning, shopping, thinking about who should (or maybe who shouldn't) be sitting next to whom, what wine to serve with that new recipe, and a million other little details that need to be tended to before the big event. Do you really want to go through the hassle of clearing lots of  accessories off of every surface before you set the table and prepare the buffet? I know I don't.

Raise your hand if you love this dining room by Stephanie Sabbe as much as I do. I think it perfectly illustrates that simple can be dramatic.  And you could get in there and set that table lickety-split.

In my client's dining room, a silver tray holds a collection of family ironstone pieces that  is easily moved to set up for entertaining.

And that's why I like to keep things simple in the dining room.  Agreed?

Have a great week!

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Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Great advice. Now if I could just follow it.

Unknown said...

Totally agree- err on the side of editing things down but keeping all the classic and perfectly curated things! Great post Kim xo Nancy

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I am trying to get there. I think my daughter has everything everyone in the family doesn't use. I am certainly down to leaner rooms.
I have always loved the way things look when I move and haven't unloaded boxes. Then I clutter it up.
Great post. Food for thought.
Happy Tuesday, Kim.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Great tips...simple but classic!

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! It's gorgeous but still comfy and welcoming!!

Karena said...

Your last room is so perfect Kim. Love the sideboard with those blue and white lamps. Simple is elegant and chic!!

The Arts by Karena

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Great advice lady. keep it simple. That second dining room was the perfect example. Clean, simple with loads of texture from that wallpaper. Spot on gorgeous.