Dining Room Makeover with Serena & Lily

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A few months ago, I shared with y’all that I was on a mission; to give our teeny weeny dining room a new look, that also functioned well for our family. This lil’dining room is a challenging space that has had me scratching my head since we bought our home back in the fall of 2019. Our floorplan is an open concept (which is great, but can make furniture placement tricky!) and the dining space sits right in the middle of the kitchen and our living room. Here’s a look back at what this space looked like when we bought this old fixer.

Can you believe this is the same house?! Gives me all those warm and fuzzy feelings. Anyways, let’s get into the details of this fresh new look!

After taking one look at Serena & Lily’s Downing Dining Table, I knew it was perfect. I had been on the hunt for a dining table with a white finish as I thought it would be a nice way to break up the many wood tones I have in my house. This is one of the challenging parts of an open floor plan; all of the tones/finishes have to work together to form a nice cohesive look. I also love the airiness of the table. You can see through the legs and it doesn’t obstruct your view from either room. Such a beautiful and classic look, IMHO.

Chairs came next! I went with their Carson Side Chair. I love the woven seat/back that offers a casual vibe, that you guys know I’m a sucker for. The dyed pieces add a beautiful detail, and the black accent helps to tie together other elements from around the room. Arms are optional on this chair, but I opted to go without arms, that way it would easily tuck under the table. If I had a larger dining room, I would have definitely considered going with arms. The seat is wide and comfy, and wipes right up when my kiddos spill…which may or may not happen just about on the daily around here.

This rattan tray is perfect for displaying your favorite decorative pieces, plants, or could round up more practical items, like napkins and silverware. It also has leather-wrapped handles that gives it a certain something special.

While the pendant light isn’t brand new to the space (we added it last summer), it completes the look! It’s entirely made by hand, and I love the shape! It’s modern, but not too modern, if ya know what I mean. My mom loves it so much, she’s considering this same pendant for their new house too. My sister, mom, and I are always copying each other when it comes to home design!

Lastly, I chose the South Seas Console to add storage, and for the opportunity to style it up! Every dining room needs a cool console table. They are so versatile, and can be used to store your fancy china – if you are a fancy china kinda person, or just use them to display your favorite things!  I love that it has two levels, and can definitely see myself switching out decor whenever the mood strikes. If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know that decor swapping happens to be one of my favorite past times.

So that’s it! I am so happy with how our little dining has transformed into a beautiful, casual, and functional space for our family! Thank you to the kind folks at Serena & Lily, who are always a joy to work with. So, what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below! My hope is that it will inspire some of you that are dreaming up new looks for your spaces! XOXO

A Review: My Serena & Lily Venice Rattan Chairs

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I get lots of questions about all of our projects around this old fixer upper, and I always try to give an honest answer so that I can help you guys, in case you’re thinking about tackling something similar in your own homes! I also get lots of source questions, ie. “where did you get that rug, piece of furniture, accessory, etc.?” Talking furniture and accessories with you guys is one of my favorite past times…I know, I know, I’m very exciting over here. And one of the most asked about pieces of furniture in my home are my Venice Rattan Chairs from Serena & Lily. I’ve had them for almost a year, so I thought it would be fun to give my honest opinion about them in case any of you are thinking about adding these cuties to your homes! So let’s get to it!

Serena & Lily is famous for its casual and coastal designs, but still lends itself to many styles of homes – like mine! I have a NW Chalet (is that a thing??) but their pieces are so well-made, classic in design, that they fit right in here! Last summer, I was on the hunt to add some additional seating to my living room, I found the Venice Rattan chairs and knew they would be perfect! It was tough to find an armchair that felt substantial, without the heaviness that comes with the look of an upholstered armchair. This chair checked all of my boxes! The airy design allows your eye to travel right through them and doesn’t block the views out our big windows. They are also extremely light weight, so turning the chair around to enjoy the views is no problem at all! The feet all have plastic protective feet so no need to worry about scratches on the hardwood floors. Peace of mind for the win!

The seat is wide and very comfortable. Wide enough to even sit two kiddos side-by-side! With its arms and high back, the chairs feel firm but supportive. As a tall person, I always appreciate a chair with a higher back. #tallpeopleprobs We just recently added this cushion which has made for even cozier sit. Before, I just tossed a soft throw pillow and they were still very comfortable, even without the cushion.

I’m a big fan of the subtle texture that these cushions add to the room. It was important to find a neutral cushion that would allow me to switch up my throw pillows whenever the mood strikes – mission accomplished! The cushions also have a zipper so when (inevitable around this house) the kids spill their juice, or leave cracker crumbs, I can easily unzip and throw the cover into the washer. And speaking of cracker crumbs, anyone else ever wonder where all those crumbs come from? I mean, seriously!

The craftsmanship really shines with its hand-wrapped rawhide joints and rattan frame. I’m in love with their California vibes and I don’t worry about them going out of style any time soon. To me, the design feels fresh and modern, but also classic and not too trendy. That perfect sweet spot, ya know?

The chairs pair so well with this side table and I love that this sweet table mimics the look of a tree…which is so fitting for our little home in the woods. The top of the table is a show stopper with its polished clamshell veneer top. It’s smooth and shiny, almost like a stone countertop.

Here’s a close-up so you can see the detail on the top. It adds a lot of interest, and I love the natural color palette that includes, whites, creams, rusts, and grays. It’s sparkly in the sunlight, and is just so beautiful! ANYWAYS, let’s get back to the chairs!

Our kitty, Phoebe, definitely approves of the cushions that we added to the chairs and can be found taking a snooze here on the daily. In fact, I think this was her plan as I snapped this photo of her…she looks kind of sleepy, no? Overall, I give these chairs a five star rating. I would highly recommend them for anyone who is looking to add extra seating to their living room, bedroom or, really anywhere! I think it would look really great tucked into a corner of a bedroom, or in an entryway to serve as a spot to take your shoes off. It’s so versatile and has enough personality to stand on its own! Also, after a year of every day use by adults and lots of kids, they are in perfect condition and look exactly like they did on the day they were delivered. This Oregon girl is giving off some California cool vibes these days, and they are most definitely here to stay!

 

 

My dream chair is here!

This post is sponsored by Overstock

Every evening during the winter months, Nate makes a fire and I sit on the floor in front of the fireplace and enjoy the warmth (I know I know…I’m officially 100 years old). It’s really my fave thing to do after the kids go to bed. I’ve been on the hunt for the past few months to find the perfect chair for my favorite perch, and I finally found it! Now, I have the most comfortable seat in the house!

I was thrilled when Overstock reached out and wanted to work together, because I had been eyeing this chair for months. I knew I wanted a leather chair as I have confidence in its ability to stand up to my three rowdy kids. Spilled juice and cracker crumbs wipe right up! As far as design goes, it’s classic and will never go out of style –a nod to the past, but modern. The ottoman completes the look and provides a comfy spot to put up your feet and relax. I feel like it fits in well with the vibe of our home too, where I like to mix modern and rustic. The seat is firm, but so incredibly comfortable.

The details on this chair are really stunning. The wood encasement is made from eucalyptus trees that complement the caramel tones in our sofa, which I just adore. The stainless steel base is really lovely too.

I’m usually eager to add accessories like pillows and throws but this chair is so pretty, that it doesn’t need any frills or extras.

Our living room is open to our tiny dining space so adding extra seating always presents a challenge, but I was surprised to see that the chair fits right into the space, without crowding our existing furniture arrangement. The ottoman can easily be moved around the room, and used as an extra seat for when we have company.

I have been slowly adding furniture to our home since we moved in and with the addition of the new chair, the living room definitely feels complete, thanks to Overstock. Now, I look forward to my cozy spot by the fire each night, more than ever!