Sometimes even talented designers can benefit from a fresh look when decorating their own homes. That’s the idea behind this family-friendly dining room, part of a home decor style swap we set up between two of our favorite design bloggers, Lesley Graham of Lesley W Graham and Anna Liesemeyer of In Honor of Design.
They each collaborated on decorating one room in each others’ homes. Lesley helped set up the dining room in Anna’s new house, and Anna gave Lesley’s living room a makeover, all featuring new furnishings and decor pieces from Home Decorator’s Collection.
You can see a quick round up of all the items you see in these two home decor style swaps here on The Home Depot Blog.
We also asked the two bloggers to describe their collaborations in this home decor style swap. Here, Lesley describes the gorgeous dinning room she helped create for Anna.
Family-Friendly Dining Room
I adore Anna’s taste, so it was really fun to get her input on our living room. And I loved helping her fine tune the look of her gorgeous dining room that she really wanted to be the family hub of their home.
Here’s a look at how her family-friendly dining room came together!
Anna and her family had literally just moved into their beautiful new home when we started the project, so think blank canvas with builder beige walls. She wanted to transform the space by bringing in functional pieces that were stylish and kid friendly for their family of five (almost six!!).
One of the first things we talked about was the “feel” she was going for in the space. We both created shared Pinterest boards (see hers here!) to pin inspiration and elements for the space. She really wanted this Old World, Spanish, European vibe, and the room had to be suitable for the whole family. So we got to work on bringing that to life!
Paint and Window Treatments
For the bones of the room, Anna wanted a fresh coat of light paint and a cool wall feature. She introduced me to wall artist Emily Harris, who completely transformed the back wall with exposed brick and plaster for that Old World feel. The rest of the walls were lightened up with “Dove” by Home Decorators Collection for BEHR. Gorgeous, huh?!
The windows also got updated with these white faux wood blinds. I love window treatments that are functional and easy on the eyes!
Dining Table and Buffet
Next we brought in the foundation pieces that Anna chose! The Highland Dining Table is this gorgeous sand blasted table with traditional legs that has lots of seating (perfect for their precious growing family!!). The muted tones are so versatile and can really work with any style.
She also chose the metal Garden Side Chairs. These chairs brought a touch of industrial to the space and they are indestructible. Perfect for little ones!!
Lastly, she had this little nook that she wanted to tie into the space and make functional so she chose this pretty Oxford Buffet that also has amazing storage!
Lighting and Area Rug
Then the fun part for me! Anna told me she wanted a coffee bar for the buffet and a family-friendly rug and pendants that would work for her vaulted ceilings.
Anna has amazing style, and I wanted this room to reflect that. Because she was going for family-friendly for the rug, we actually switched gears from doing a more traditional rug to this neutral Seascape Rug. It works with just about any style and can be beat up a bit without anyone noticing.
For the lighting, I really wanted to tie the buffet space to the dining space to make the look cohesive. These industrial pendants are clean + modern and keep the look airy with the glass.
I repeated them over the buffet and then Anna’s talented husband put together an incredible DIY fixture using pipe for two of the pendants to work with their tall, vaulted ceiling over their table. I love the way it turned out.
The Coffee Bar
When working with the buffet I tried to think of all of the elements you might need for a coffee bar. I love metallics and mixing metals, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some copper into the space.
This Copper Cabinet basket is great for fruit, coffee mugs or pastries, and the silverware caddy plays host to everything you would need to serve your family. The storage of the buffet is perfect for linens, dinnerware, flatware and anything else you would need to host!
Anna loves a little bit of quirk to keep style fun, and I fell in love with this little pineapple jar that you could use for sugar or matches or anything really.
I also can’t get enough marble in my life, and knew Anna would feel the same, so we added these stunning marble bowls for a little glamour. They’re perfect for nuts or oatmeal toppings in the morning.
The final touch for the buffet was greenery!
Setting the table is always fun, and I wanted the final look to feel really special.
These wooden candle holders go incredibly well with the sand blast finish of the Highland Dining Table. I love candles grouped together in a mass. So romantic for date nights in!
We reused Anna’s seagrass placemats that she already owned as well as her plates to personalize the space and make it feel like them.
To add even more greenery we brought in this Delray palm.
An Old World-Style Dining Room
The end result is stylish, family-friendly and Spanish/European, which is what Anna really wanted for the space.
Having open communication throughout the process made me feel confident because I knew Anna was on board with my choices. It was such a fun project to get to do together.
Thank you so much, Anna, for letting me help you design this space and to Home Decorator’s for all of the gorgeous options in our home decor style swap.
Lesley Graham was born and raised in Georgia and now lives with her husband and two girls in a 1910 farmhouse near Atlanta. When she’s not writing about motherhood or home design on her blog Lesley W Graham, you can find her freelancing for stylists, children’s stores, and more.
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