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A Gracious Traditional Dining Room

We have been in our new house almost 10 months! Wow! I can hardly believe it.  We have accomplished so much least of which is new wiring, new kitchen appliances (the old ones all quit within about a week-ha), and about 40% of the wallpaper is gone!

I’ve been slowly working on decorating plans for the house and have finally determined the dining room look.  This is such an important room to get right, since it has to be perfect for entertaining as well as quiet family dinners.  I want the room to be formal but not stuffy; filled with antique treasures but not out-dated; and très chic.  In other words, I want a gracious traditional dining room!

S. and I have already accomplished a lot in this space with the new paint colors, chair rail, and faux frame wainscoting.  See the full transformation details here.

Dining Room Before and After Wainscoting. Get the tips for putting up molding like a pro on penderandpeony.com

 

A Gracious Traditional Dining Room

The room needs two more major renovations, crown molding and hardwood floors, before I can totally go into decorating mode, but I wanted to finalize the dining room mood board so that there is a clear vision to work towards.  The top half of the walls are painted interesting aqua from SW and the bottom with the wainscoting is just a basic white.  We will be keeping the crystal chandelier.  It is simply stunning! The picture above does not do it justice.

Pssst…this chandelier is actually one of the reasons I wanted this house. That’s ok right? To buy a house because of the chandeliers!

For my dining table I want a traditional pedestal table in mahogany with classic Louis XV chairs.  The chandelier, table, chairs, and wainscoting form the basic traditional elements of the room and then I want to be a bit more playful with the fabrics and colors.  I’m still a little undecided about the sideboard and whether to go traditional with it or do something eclectic like this French provincial piece.

I’m so excited about my fabric choice for the curtains.  It is an embroidered trellis pattern from Duralee.  The color matches perfectly with the walls, and I love how sophisticated but modern it feels.  For the chairs, I want to keep the cushion fabric simple with just a hint of pattern in the weaving and then create a playful pop on the back with a cheery floral.

Decorating a gracious traditional dining room with aqua blue walls, wainscoting, french provincial details, and luxury fabrics. Check out my mood board on penderandpeony.com

Interesting Aqua // Curtains // Rug // Chair Cushions // Chairs // Chair Backs // Table // Chandelier // China // Silver // Sideboard

In creating my gracious traditional dining room look, I was greatly inspired by the below rooms:

gracious traditional dining room
Image via Pulliam Morris Interiors

 

Image via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

a quirky but gracious traditional dining room
Image via Traditional Home

Dining Room Bar Cart

Another important element of my gracious traditional dining room is of course a bar cart! I have long loved the look of the Society Social carts and painted rattan.  A while ago I found a rattan bar cart to DIY.  The picture below was my inspiration.  See the DIY tutorial here.

Stay tuned as we work on finishing this room!

Image via Style Blue Print

 

Rattan Bar Cart DIY - paint your rattan bar cart for a chic look
Here is my finished bar cart.

Partying at The Dedicated HouseBetween Naps on the Porch

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