bright dining room with white round table and black chairs

Dining Room Update

It’s finally time to reveal our bright and airy dining room nook. Since we bought our first home, we have been slowly but surely renovating each room, making it feel more inviting, welcoming and complete. I knew that I wanted to cozy up our open concept floor plan, but hadn’t known exactly how to do it.


Photography by Madeline Harper


Where We Started


Our latest project came when I found the most gorgeous linen draperies that were 10 feet tall, fully lined, with weights for just $60 a panel! With the addition of the drapery panels, the room was instantly transformed. The light became more glowy without dimming, the sound was better in the space, and the harsh edges softened. Read our tips for ordering draperies here and browse our best online sources for curtains here.


I still love our oversized sputnik chandelier and wasn’t ready to part with it yet. I decided to play off the shape of the bulbs and switch to a round dining table instead. The photos don’t do the Palecek pedestal table justice. Its stately base is nearly three feet in diameter, with beautiful brass detailing at the base. The creamy off-white finish is textured yet smooth, doesn’t leave any water marks and doesn’t catch crumbs in cracks. The circumference of the table actually accomodates eight (which is more than we sat before) but we keep just six chairs for day to day. When we have extra company, it’s easily to pull in the two extra we have stacked in the garage.


We had previously been using these amazing arm chairs (so cheap), but they were plastic and at this point in our home, we were ready to invest in wood. After a lot of searching, I had narrowed down to wanting: black, armless, modern lines, supportive back and less than $400/chair. Here is a round up of my top choices:


Two weeks ago I was walking through a thrift store in Austin with my mom when we spotted THESE beauties. Handmade in Italy, solid wood, deep black stain but not an opaque paint so the wood grain shows, total perfection. The 6th chair in the set was a light oak color, but we bought it anyway and are currently sanding it down to attempt staining it ourselves. All 6 chairs for $400 – and they even delivered them for $20! The next day I walked into Starbucks, saw a pile of my new dining chairs stacked in the corner, and the rest of the seating had just been replaced with new lounge furniture! I’m sure our chairs are old Starbucks chairs, which is just so funny and totally unexpected. I love their classic cafe lines, low profile, structure and finish.



round modern dining table with statement chandelier


black and white dining room with natural light and fresh greenery



How We Live in It


I thought a fun addition to the reveal was to set the dining table with things we actually own, and use on a regular basis. The pretty dark ceramic plates are actually vintage Heath Ceramics plates my Grandma owned in the sixties. I love them and the character they add to an otherwise modern table. The gold flatware was an engagement gift from my amazing mother-in-law and we keep it in a silverware chest in the pantry so it’s easy to pull out for family dinners on Sundays. The recycled glassware is the prettiest green shade, they feel substantial in your hand, and are almost impossible to break. I’ve dropped them straight onto the floors and they literally just bounce. Finally the blush and white napkins were souvenirs I picked up in Paris from the darling concept store Merci. They had every color imaginable and if Quinn wasn’t watching, I probably would have taken a set of each. Nothing feels more luxurious than dining with a linen napkin.



Woman arranging flowers in dining room




woman arranging flowers in black round vase on white dining table




Casual place setting with greenery and linen stripes.



Stay tuned as we start revealing the design plan for the adjoining kitchen! I’m so excited to finally be getting to share the changes we’ll be making and the extreme transformation that’s in store – all while shopping small and supporting other small business owners. If you missed our previous home tour with Style Me Pretty, you can catch it here! Also – don’t miss our new downtown Austin office tour over on The Haven.


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