Hello friends! Today I’m excited to share a little refresh with you in my home. The last time I showed you our dining room it looked pretty different. And while it was probably the most photogenic room in our home and we did LOVE it, we decided to change up the wallpaper after just one year. Why, you may ask? Let me explain!
First of all, we had a bad install. It was the first wallpaper I had installed and I used a contractor I ended up never using again (I love the wallpaper people I work with now!).
She made a mistake of using dark gray primer under the white wallpaper. I remember thinking it was odd at the moment, but trusted she knew what she was doing. Well, she didn’t. It ended up that in person you could see pretty bright seam lines. Not cool. But it did look way nicer in photos.
The other factor was that after hosting a baby shower, a NYE party, friendsgiving and decorating through all four seasons, I realized that the wallpaper was pretty overpowering. While I loved the look of it, you couldn’t really decorate in any themes because it was all you could see.
So, after MUCH deliberation, we decided to replace the wallpaper with a more mellow pattern that matched our entryway (which is nearby). We chose JUJU wallpaper in the pattern Palea.
Most of our furnishings are the same, just moved around. We’ve added a few new plants and I moved my giant macrame from The Northern Needle in here.
Another bigger change is that I moved the DIY cabinet that was previously in this spot to the Airbnb (it was holding glassware and we’ve been child-proofing) and I replaced it with this mini console from West Elm. It took some time to find a smaller size console for a smaller spot like this.
Sources: Wallpaper/Juju Papers, Chandelier/Shop Candelabra, Rug/Marrakesh Shag Rug from Rugs USA, Mirror/Rejuvenation, White Chairs/Amazon, Teak Wood Chair/Lulu & Georgia, Table/DIY (I have painted it since then, but it’s the same table going strong since 2012!), Salt Holder/Kip & Co (I keep truffle salt and rosemary salt in it), Macrame/The Northern Needle, Wine cabinet/DIY (we didn’t write a tutorial for it, but just so you know where it came from), mini bullet planter/Hip Haven. My dress is from Free People.
Let me know if I missed anything in the comments!
The thing I love most about our current dining room is the ability to change it up throughout each season! We’ve hosted a couple big dinner parties in our two years here and I plan to keep hosting. I am looking forward to adding touches for Halloween and the holidays this year!
I also love how well it flows with the rest of our home! It’s pretty seamless.
I don’t plan to make this drastic of a change to any of our other rooms, but I am glad we made the changes here. It feels right. I think you know when your decor is right when you stop thinking about it, and I have now.
With a toddler on the way (!!!!!!) and our home 99% completed, I am focusing a lot of my blogging energy this autumn on getting room tours shot for you all. I want to immortalize it in the phase it is at now, since I’m not expecting to have as much time to focus on decor for a good bit after we bring Nova home.
In Nova’s report from her orphanage, we read that she likes to “scrabble on the walls.” (Haha!) So everything I do from here on out is to prepare our home for a new stage in our family. And honestly, I can’t wait for my walls to get “scrabbled” on.
Thank you so much for reading. I have so much love wrapped up in this home. It truly is one of my favorite projects of ALL TIME.
Oh! And it 100% does not offend me if you all liked our former wallpaper choice better. It was totally stunning and we loved it too. But at least you can understand why we made the changes we made. It feels more cozy and more versatile now.