Erin’s Madeover(ish) Dining Room

I can’t believe that two months have passed since I enlisted the  help of you savvy readers in rearranging my dining room… It seems like I should have completed a lot more projects than just redoing one measly room, but my days are usually filled with picking up toys, cleaning rice cereal out of Ike’s ears, and changing some increasingly odd diapers. (In case you should ever come to my house for dinner, rest assured that last thing never takes place in the dining room.) At any rate, it’s done(ish). I say “ish” because you know me… nothing is ever really done. In other words, this place will probably look totally different next month. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out its previous iterations:

Super old:

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Kinda old:

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And right now — today — this is what I’ve got going on:

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I took the suggestion a lot of you bandied about and bought some Ikea Aina curtains for my puny window. See? I listen(ish). HB hung them high and wide, and voila! Bigger window. The sexy 70s lucite chandelier came from Ebay.

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I tried to reuse most of my old goodies, like this Curtis Jere(ish) brass tree, but the table and chairs had to take a hike. The old Danish table went to our office, and the Burke chairs went to Karly’s dining room. Because, sharing means caring, right?

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Our new (to us) 90″ long reclaimed wood and stainless steel dining table came from craigslist, and the sellers even delivered it for no additional charge. Super score! The Marcel Breuer(ish) chairs came with Karly’s glass table and I wasn’t totally sure about them at first, but for $150, I’ve decided they’re awesome. And comfy.

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The brass sconces came from Ebay. I almost photoshopped out the fugly cords, but I decided to keep it real, yo. Ok, and I’m lazy. And busy. And I’d also like to know what to do about them. I think I should nail them to the wall and paint them black. Thoughts?

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I already had the Karly Springer(ish) console table, but I added a few nick knacks, trying to keep the neutral vibe going. The Head came from Room Service, the mask and bronze hand were both made by art school buddies, and the faux bois tray is vintage. The cord is pissing me off.

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Here’s a view of the left side of the dining room/entry way. I didn’t want the dining room pieces to compete with the ceiling, so I kept everything on the down low. Except for Doris.


Doris is my new David Hockney(ish) million color screenprint that I picked up for $4.99 while thrifting with the ladies. She’s 100% hand pulled awesomeness.

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Yet another view of the right side of the room… I may have gotten a bit carried away with the photos, but at least you can see that the vintage Drexel benches reverted to their original linen upholstery.

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Beethoven is holding down the back corner. My friend Peter did the naughty etching above his head. It’s a special surprise that you can only see up close and personal… real personal.

That’s it for my home tour! Hope you dudes aren’t disappointed that there aren’t any trees growing out of the floor or poltergeists in the corners. I’ll get to work on that, pronto.