Design Dilemma: How does a couple with such a bustling life turn their dining room into the cozy, inviting space they envision - picture-perfect for entertaining? (Hint: It helps to have MLHP in the family! ;)
They painted their dining room a rich tomato red because they like the bold yet traditional feel of the color. The focal point of the room is a large, gothic window from a church in the small town where Monroe and Ben grew up. The dining room table (a freebie from Grandparents!) and sideboard (an antique-shop steal) are traditional, but clean-lined - I'd probably describe them as in the Sheraton style.
M&E dining buffet idea 2 - by atexski on Polyvore.com
M&E buffet idea 1 - by atexski on Polyvore.com
M&E dining room buffet idea - by atexski on Polyvore.com
Ohhh-Kaaay! Ready for Part Two? Need a potty break? Take one, then let's go!
You'll notice the slipcovers over the dining room chairs...Well, Mr. lovely, large, and mahogany table came sans matching chairs. Those serving seating purposes now are not the right lines to go with the table, so slips were called in to do their duty of hiding the mismatched chairs.
If I had to bet, I'd say the original chairs that matched E&M's dining room table looked something like this
1) Sell the too-modern chairs (currently with the table) on Craigslist
2) Use the money to buy six (budget-friendly) side chairs - something like these - not a perfect match, but not too, too bad...
3) I would then tear off that hideous, fake leather seat upholstery, and cover them instead with something like this
4) Where I saved money on side chairs, I'd splurge (if necessary) on host chairs.
You see, I'm loving, looooving the whole different, larger-than-the-others, statement host chairs look. Have you seen it?
If all that doesn't jazz you up too much - the other option I'd take would be to go totally irreverant - find some inexpensive, reproduction shield-back chairs (check antique co-ops, estate sales, even festivals like Warrenton) grab some paint and cool fabric, and just HAVE FUN with it à la Erin at EoS
Wish my husband Godspeed as he returns home to us on Saturday, and have a great weekend, ya'll!