Inspired: A Festive Dining Room for Fall

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Inspired: Festive Dining Room for Fall


It’s that time of year where life begins to move at lightning pace. Once you shed your Halloween costume on October 31st, it’ll feel like a dead sprint until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years’ Eve. Because the holidays will be here before you know it, it’s best to start thinking about your dining room — where you’ll host that Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Eve fête — long in advance. We designed this charming dining room, and added a few sprigs of greenery, to feel festive enough for the holidays but with pieces that will still feel appropriate for warmer months too.

The Dining Room Table

The table is obviously one of the most important pieces in the dining room, and in most spaces, it really sets the tone for the rest of your furnishings. We loved the washed oak of the Marais Dining Table because it brings a beautiful texture to the space. A slightly worn finish like this one is also perfect for families with kids because dings and scratches won’t ruin the piece.

To complement the rustic, yet traditional Marais Dining Table, we wanted chairs that would feature a very traditional silhouette while still having an inviting, casual feel. A great way to combine that formal dining look without creating a space that is overly stuffy is to choose chairs in more distinguished silhouettes, like a wingback, for the heads of the table, but upholstering them in a more casual floral print. By combining the formal silhouette of the Wing-Back Parsons Chair with an easy-going pattern (the Durham Copen fabric), we could create a space that felt modern, yet timeless. To finish off the seating in this space, we went with the Camel-Back Chair with Nailhead Trim in the color spearmint patriot because it brought out the soft blue-green in the wing-back chairs, without overwhelming the dining room with pattern.

The Dining Room Lighting

Every great dining room features beautiful lighting, and the Sadie Collection 8-Light Satin Nickel Pendant blends perfectly with our table and chairs. The Sadie pendant has a similar look to a traditional dining room chandelier, but it features a more simple shape, as well as a modern satin nickel finish.

The Dining Room Console Table

To truly function well, a dining room needs a console table to serve as a buffet. We chose the Elliot Antique Gold Black Granite Top Console Table simply because the cold marble and metal construction starkly contrasts the worn oak dining table. By juxtaposing these two very different materials together, the metal with the wood, the room feels more balanced and doesn’t feel too weighted down with one matching material. Topping the console table are a pair of Driftwood Table Lamps from Kenroy Home. These lamps perfectly suit this space because their wood frame speaks to the wooden table, but they feature a dark, gray-ish wash which plays to the grays in the console table.

The Finishing Touches

After we had all of the large furniture pieces and the lighting picked out, we could complete the space with finishing touches! The next order of business was a beautiful piece of artwork to top off the console table. We loved the subtle blues and grays in this abstract painting by artist Heather Day that we found on Heather’s Etsy shop. Not only does it work perfectly with out color palette, but it seems to have the same soft, calming elegance that the entire room evokes. A nice, soft gray wall color, Behr’s Rhino, creates a subtle backdrop for this charming dining room — gray is really the perfect wall color to show off beautiful artwork.

Set your table with some simple gold-rimmed china and glassware, and finish your entire space off with a few holiday appropriate flower arrangements. We love the way the topiary ball mimics the curvy shape of the table lamps, and a pair of short, modern Holly Arrangements in Burlap Pots add some festive greenery without overpowering the entire table.

Inspired is an editorial curation of products from and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.

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  1. Janet Majors says:

    I love the color combination, it really fits fall. Very relaxing.

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