Right when you walk in our front door you see my open dining room, and for the past seven months it has been a blank slate. I wanted to make sure Elle's room, Levi's room, our kitchen and living room were decorated first because we use those spaces the most.
Our dining room is like many others' in that it only gets used for special occasions and entertaining. It's nice to have when we are hosting people, but for the most part it's kind of like a museum in that it's my space in the house that can look pretty and not be touched.
A space like this deserves the best art, and so I headed straight to Minted.com to curate my gallery wall with modern art and photography that reflected my style and also incorporated the colors of the space. I love Minted because all of the art on their site is crowd sourced, and it gives the opportunity for lesser known artists to shine. They also offer custom framing, so everything came perfectly packaged and ready to go. There are so many cute prints out there, but half of the time I never hang them up because I have to go find the right frame. They have completely eliminated that problem for you.
Another great tool Minted offers at no charge is pre-arranging your gallery wall so you know whether or not your art works well together, if you need to order a larger size, if you need to change the style of your frames, etc. It's a genius, no fuss beautiful customer experience. In fact, I love Minted so much that I'm a Minted Curator where I have my own storefront where I share my latest art obsessions. You can purchase all of the art you see on my wall by heading to my store.
This huge wall was in need of a console table to host barware or appetizers when needed, but I had a really hard time finding something long enough and tall enough. Plus, I wanted something that was different enough from my dining table, but that didn't compete with it at the same time. So, I commission my friend Ryan Walsh to create me a custom live edge table, and he delivered beyond my dreams. He even had hairpin legs made for it. I HIGHLY recommend checking out Lumberlust Designs if you're look for a special piece for your home.
The oriental carpet in our dinging room is the same one I grew up with as a kid. My mom let me have this special rug that has pink, navy, and ivory in it. It makes me smile knowing that my children are going to have similar memories with this rug.
Our table and chairs are contemporary designs by Ligne Roset. I also was given this set by my mom when they moved from Houston to Idaho. Doesn't she have the best taste? Our chandelier is by Restoration Hardware, and was the first major splurge I had ever spent on interior design (check it out in our old house). I added two linen chairs to the end of the table to lighten the space and marry the rug to the table.
I'm so pleased with how the spaced turned out. When people come to our house now the tone is set with modern art, contemporary design and comfortable living.
Photography by Rennai Hoefer