My Pinterest boards were in full bloom on this room. When we first started looking at homes, we both thought of formal dining rooms as a waste of space. A room no one ever goes into, just another place to buy furniture for, etc. trust me we used every line in the book. When we found our dream home, low & behold it had a formal dining room. Not only a formal dining room, but a formal dining room that greets you the moment you walk in our front door. So not buying furniture for it wasn't an option.
As I began designing the room in my head I began realizing how functional the room could really be. What a statement it could give as our guests (and Dane) he still comes through the front door (don't ask), walk in. Plus on the upside of all of this, I didn't have to try & decorate around a TV. I started with a neutral rug. Our floors are really dark & I knew the room would need a contrast. I have linked the rug here.
We fell in love with our dining room table the minute we found it. The design of the wood, the uniqueness of it's patterns & the change in texture from the bench, to chairs to accent chairs was exactly what we envisioned. Although my intention is to have this table eventually set with formal dining ware (another excuse for a blog post) I love the simplicity & the warmth the wood & greenery portrays.
This credenza was sitting close by & if Dane hadn't said anything I wouldn't have thought twice about it. I knew we would need something to fill that space & the two pieces complimented one another so nicely, we knew it was meant to be! Luckily it can hold lots of dishes inside. So if & when (if we ever) decide to own fine china, it has the perfect spot! The details of the credenza were the trickiest, not too much, not too little, still incorporating the farmhouse feel, just a little more formally. I knew the writing of our Gather sign was black & I wanted to be sure to include a few black elements into the mix.
Our Gather sign is from Small Wood Home & they are always running a sale! This size is the XL on their website and is 45 inches long for reference! How fitting for such a beautiful sign to represent the numerous gatherings we hope to host in our dining area. Paired with galvanized metal sconces, lavender & cotton the sign is quickly brought into the room! (I love using stems that I can switch out easily. Especially during the holidays when I can switch out the lavender, cotton & eucalyptus for evergreens, holly berries & other festive stems! This shelf was a lot harder to find then you would think! I love the raw, natural edge it has & the brackets are sold separately! This shelf is four feet long but super easy to hang! I'll link it here, as well as in the widget below