I haven’t spent time in an official dining room since I was a kid, so I’ve become fairly accustomed to living without it. However, I would love to have a dining table, and ideally, I could tuck it into a little nook for gathering and entertaining when friends come over. I love how Kelly has managed to transform her own little dining nook into a very unique and separate space, with its own cohesive color story and style. The graphic brown rug and neon orange mirror really add a bold, chic punch to the intimate setting, and I really appreciate the successful combination of varying furniture styles. Great work, Kelly! — Kate
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Time: Although this renovation could be done in one weekend if resources allowed, we bought the new items over the course of a few months. It was easier on our bank account and gave me time to make inspiration boards and shop around for good prices. For example, I had originally wanted this certain Madeline Weinrib rug, but just could not justify spending that much on a rug with a toddler running around. I ended up going with this similar but much more affordable design from West Elm.
Cost: About $500 (IKEA Bjursta dining table, $199; Flea market mirror, $20; Orange paint, $12; Chairs (knockoffs) $260 for 4)
Basic Steps: I relied on inspiration boards to achieve the look, starting with Pinterest, and then moving on to a real board. It’s interesting to see that you really do have a certain style when it’s all laid out in front of you. We love our vintage secretary desk, so that stayed, and we decorated around it.
It’s easy to get impatient when you want to redecorate a room, especially if it’s just a matter of replacing old things with new ones. But take the time you need to really curate what goes into the room and to tackle any DIY projects you may have. It may take a little longer, but you will love everything in the room, and you won’t find yourself repurchasing something because you found a “better” one — a mistake I’ve made often! — Kelly