Decorating Dilemmas: Pamela’s Dining Room

Pamela wants to put the finishing touches on her dining room with a modern, rustic style

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My husband and I just bought a new home, and we are desperate to set up up our dining room. We have an old dining set which is too small for our needs and want to brighten up the space so that family and friends and us can enjoy it.

We love the rustic modern feel, and I would love to see the Time Art print somewhere in the dining room. My favorite color is blue, and that’s the theme color we are trying to infuse throughout the home.

Please help!


Hello Pamela,

It’s exciting to move to a new home but can be a little over-whelming. We suggest starting with one or two spaces and complete them as much as possible before moving on. The dining room is a great place to get started — the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.

Blue is on-trend this season and a fantastic color use in your space. Start with our Tatum Trestle Dining Table. It blends rustic timbered and X trestle base details. This tabletop is finished in a food safe and acid-washed zinc sheeting for a sophisticated contrast. Add an Upholstered Parsons Chair in Twill Indigo on each end. Enhance the look further with four Marian Metal Chairs in Distressed Cream. These will bring in an industrial feel.  

Top off your dining space with the Eldridge Rectangular Pendant. This beautifully simple, geometric design makes a sophisticated, architectural statement. A Brookstone Indoor/Outdoor Rug will be perfect is has an easy maintenance characteristics.

We love your choice of the Time Art Giclee. This beautiful giclée will make a focal statement and pull the room together. Flank on either side of your art with the Sonoma Towers. These towers have a lofty, open design, which offers a generous display area without overwhelming your room. The grand scale of the Seneca Display Cabinet in Soft Gray and the Zinc Framed Mirror will balance the room.

Next, add a pair of Ellison 1-light Wall Sconces on either side of the Seneca Cabinet and a few Bunny Williams Decorative Discs atop. Frame your beautiful windows with Suzanne Kasler’s Signature 13oz Linen Drapery Panels in Flax.

Enjoy spending time with your family and friends!

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Pamela wants to put the finishing touches on her dining room with a modern, rustic style

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    April 12, 2017

    She already has some good art on the left side and those ginger jars are so pretty! I love your suggestions!