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Why you Should use your Dining Room- Elegant Neutral Dining Room Tour

Elegant dining room tour

 

Elegant Neutral Dining Room

The dining room is my favorite room in the house. It’s the only room that is clean almost every single day. This is where we gather to celebrate holidays, special events and just because days with family and friends. Countless memories have been made around that table giving the room a sentimental feeling.

To me the dining room is a treasured little jewel box housing treasures in the form of  priceless memories. Many of today’s new homes don’t include a formal dining room. If yours is one of those homes, make your kitchen table that special place.  Wherever your dining area is, make it special and use it!

Our dining room is a collection of old and new pieces gathered over many years, giving it a curated feel. Each piece holds a story. That’s how I like to decorate. Fill your home with pieces that mean something to you and you will be surrounded not by things, but by memories.

Let me take you on a tour of our elegant, neutral dining room.

 

Elegant dining room by Randi Garrett Design

 

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A gold bar cart provides extra storage for serving pieces and is tucked in the corner. I love keeping fresh flowers on it to brighten the room. We use this cart for entertaining and serving while hosting guests. This summer we used it for an ice cream float party here,

Ice Cream Float Bar Cart-feature

and for a dessert cart at a dinner party here.

Gold bar cart for elegant dessert cart

 

It is special to me because my 14 year old son helped me put it together. I think of him every time I see it and with him starting high school this year, time is flying too quickly, so every minute we get to spend together is special!

 

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Elegant dining room with white dining chairs

 

Our dining table was a labor of love for my husband. We purchased it from Craig’s List when we finished graduate school. It was all we could afford. Matt sanded it down and refinished it in this beautiful espresso finish.

 

Mercury glass candle sticks in elegant dining room

 

A collection of vintage silver platters hangs on either side of our arch. I found each one on special shopping trips with my best friends. They are hung with simple plate hooks.

The niche is wallpapered in a tonal damask print. My mom helped me hang it. My mom taught me to love wallpaper. I think my room growing up was wallpapered 3 different times before I left for college!

 

Mercury glass candle sticks on dining room buffet

 

The buffet was another second hand piece. We found it at a Goodwill while in school. My best friend and I refinished it with this amazing gel stain stuff she found that looks like pudding. We slapped it on and couldn’t believe the results with no sanding or priming. I love how it contrasts against the white and cream in the room.

 

Mercury glass candles sticks on dining room buffet

 

The buffet is topped with a collection of mercury glass candlesticks picked up on various shopping adventures with my mom and friends. The lamps are from my local Hobby Lobby, no special story behind those babies, they were just a good deal!

Notice how the color of the candlesticks are varied from cream to white to that creamish tan color. This adds dimension to this grouping.

 

Elegant white dining chairs in neutral dining room

 

Elegant white dining chairs

 

Our dining chairs were one of the first “new” pieces of furniture we ever bought!!! They are petite and resemble French antiques. Since the room is very neutral, texture is king! The detail on the chairs give the room some much needed character.

 

Elegant french dining chairs

 

Tufted dining room head chairs

 

Our tufted wingback head chairs were purchased just a few months ago. You can see our table before them here. This is one dining trend I hope stays around forever. They are so comfortable and they have so much charm. From the nailhead to the casters, these chairs make my heart skip a beat.

Tufted dining chair

 

Oversized, velvet pillows cozy up the room and give it a luxurious feeling.

 

Elegant dining room close ups

 

You can see all of the texture around the room. Make sure you have lots of texture when designing a neutral themed room to give your eye something to look at. It makes the room feel layered and interesting.
French style china cabinet

 

 

Gabby furniture china cabinet in elegant dining room

 

Our china cabinet had me at hello! You can read all about that courtship in this post here.  I looked for years for the perfect piece, it was worth the wait. Be patient when looking for pieces that will grace your home for years. You will love them more in the long run!

 

Aidan Gray candle holder in elegant dining room

 

Two candle holders flank the cabinet. They too have a French flair.

 

Elegant China Cabinet

 

You can read all about my china cabinet essential in this post here. I have it stocked with pieces I’ve purchased over many years. They help make entertaining easy!

 

Elegant dining room details

 

Cream silk drapes in elegant dining room

 

The cream silk drapes are made from fabric my mom and I found on an adventure to the fabric district in LA. Purchasing and making my own curtains was much cheaper than buying real silk drapes. I got a serious arm workout pushing those panels through the sewing machine!

Since then I have found some beautiful faux silk drapes that I have hung in my office {here}. I have them sourced for you at the bottom of this post. You don’t have to spend top dollar to get fabulous looking drapes. Just make sure when you buy drapes that you will use for a long period of time, that they are lined! They will hang better and look more expensive. The extra layers of fabric will also protect them from sun damage.

 

Elegant dining room chandelier

 

The chandelier is a larger version of our kitchen table chandelier. It ties in the dark color from the  table and the buffet. It has the perfect amount of sparkle.

 

Elegant dining room with old and new furniture

 

Look around your dining room and see what you love and what you want to change. Keep your eye out for pieces you can paint or refinish. Save for pieces that you will have for years. Add personality through accessories and fabrics. Start collecting serving pieces that will make entertaining simple. Most importantly, sit down and enjoy your dining room and make memories in there!

xo,

Signiture

 

Dining room details photo

 

My walls are painted in Ralph Lauren’s Edwardian Linen mixed by Dunn Edwards. Below are links to the exact pieces in my room where available. If unavailable, I have found the closest substitute. Affiliate links are used for your convenience.

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China Cabinet Sources

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Visit my sources page under dining room for a more detailed source list here.

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15 thoughts on “Why you Should use your Dining Room- Elegant Neutral Dining Room Tour

  1. What a beautiful dinning room Randi! I love bringing it back to the dinning room and using it more often! Who doesn’t love a good gold bar cart! I purchased one finally last fall and it was the best investment! XOXO, Sarah

  2. Such a stunning room! It has so much beautiful character to it. It makes me sad that formal dining rooms aren’t easy to find in homes anymore because I think they’re such a special part of any home! It’s important to have somewhere beautiful to gather with friends and family.

    1. Sidney thank you! I feel the same way. Dining rooms have my heart and I’m so sad to see them becoming a thing of the past!

  3. So elegant! Where did you get your table covering/ lining. I love it and don’t see a link to it. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you for your question Sophia! You are right, there is no link for it. I’m so sorry but I found it on a trip to LA and I don’t have a source for it. I searched and searched for something similar with no luck. If I ever find one, I will update my post. I hope you have a lovely day! xo

  4. I love this post, Randi! Loved hearing the story behind everything- makes it all so much more personal. Every detail is stunning! You did such a beautiful job layering texture. Just gorgeous!

  5. Mercury glass is my favorite and I love how much of it you have used here! This is so beautiful my friend! Xoxo💕💋

    1. Thank you Summer! I’ve been dying over your blush office!!! I can’t wait to see more! xo

  6. I’m a designer in Indiana, and couldn’t agree more about using your dining room. In my home I moved my dining room to the room you enter, connected to the entry hall. It is such a great way to say welcome by having a beautiful tablescape on the table!

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