Our formal dining is my my favorite room in the house! We thoughtfully picked each piece and it took quite some time (including a couple custom chairs), but I just love how everything came together so perfectly. We are lovers of wood and neutrals, but tried to combine different textures and materials to make the space pop without adding much (or really any!) color.
The Big Picture
The Chandelier: Before we had any of the furniture, we chose this Restoration Hardware chandelier (it comes in many different sizes to fit your space perfectly). It’s amazing how a light fixture can make a huge difference in the vibe a room gives off. That’s why it was no question that we’d go with Restoration Hardware. Their light fixtures, in general, are my favorite, especially the crystal. We loved how this was crystal, but with a much more modern spin than the traditional crystal chandeliers. The light the chandelier throws off really creates an airy feeling and ties in with our wrought iron staircase so well.
The Table: We must have looked at 50-100 tables! We love wood and wanted to have a large wooden table, but still something that’s relatively modern. We found this table as we were perusing High Fashion Home and loved how the legs are so modern and stand out against the live edge of the table top itself! It fits the space perfectly and allowed us to seat 10 people comfortably. It also comes in multiple lengths so there’s also a smaller option.
The Chairs: The chairs were the last pieces we got and they ended up being the hardest decision. One thing we learned was that Crate & Barrel can do custom fabrics for chairs they carry. That was the selling point for these chairs (which are on clearance now)! We loved the chairs but weren’t sure what to do at the end because it was looking a bit boring with all neutrals. We considered a different chair altogether, a chair with arms, or just a different color. Once we looked at all the fabric options, we were sold on this black geometric print. The base color matches the plain chairs perfectly and the black creates that extra bit of interest!
The Rug: We needed to find a rug that was large enough for the table and the chairs and that would also create a nice contrast to our dark floors and the dark table. I wanted something neutral and also not too pricey given that a hand woven rug of this size would have been massively expensive. As we were searching for options, I found this cheetah print rug (in the Creme color) at Ballard Designs. Once we got it in, I knew it would be a keeper. We have had the rug for a couple of years and it has never shed, which is always a concern with machine made rugs. It is neutral, but pops and fits the space so well – we love it! Unbelievable deal!
The Bar Cart: Although we have a Butler’s Pantry in our house, we wanted to fill the space below the window with a place for special decoration and scotch – the most important things (well – at least one of them according to my husband)! Most of the decorative pieces were handed down to me by my mom or grandmother – various crystal and silver pieces and a couple of items from our travels. The exact table in gold can be found here.
The Tablescape: We found these oil lamps as an alternative to candles in a gallery in Maine. They’re simple, yet modern and elegant. We didn’t realize at the time that the Wolfard oil lamp is hand-blown and had actually gotten an award for inventiveness at the time it came out. The way they are vented and the air flows it gives you a “flickerless” and very elegant looking flame. You can find the various sizes here: 6 inch, 9 inch, 12 inch, and 15 inch. The gold candler holders were given to me by my mom and the tray and pineapples are from Home Goods – this is our go-to place for decorative items when we don’t have anything from travels or otherwise! But you can find a similar tray here and pineapple here.