Stellar House: A Dining Room Tale

Today, I want to tell you about the beautiful dining room that we pieced together with fun finds from around Birmingham. But first, a little background on my still-new-to-me house.

The Mr. and I have been in our house for about a year and a half now, and we’re still having a lot of fun getting rooms decorated, organized and simply enjoying being homeowners. As we continue to add decorations and settle in, I wanted to share some of our finds with you and also seek inspiration, because it’s still a work in progress!

First up, the first room you see when entering our home: the dining room. Here’s how it looked when we first moved in:

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Definitely a blank palette!

Here’s one of my favorite features of this room: the arches!

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The hurricanes came from Michael’s, while the entryway table and mirror came from Kirkland’s. The large red vase was purchased several years ago at Pier 1 Imports and the cake stands, from World Market, are from our wedding.

The first things we actually acquired for this room were the wooden and metal arches. We found them at Kirkland’s and actually have similar ones in our breakfast nook, too. We already owned the canvas print, having purchased it from Earthbound Trading Co. at Brookwood Village a couple years prior.

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That little blue vase came from West Elm several years ago.

It was after we picked out our dining room table and chairs from Haverty’s last December that we chose the blue curtains from Target and the tiebacks. I think it’s really popular these days to just let your curtains hang straight, but for the dining room I wanted something that looked a little more formal.

We also took on our first DIY project — painting the accent wall! We chose Behr Hazy Skies from Home Depot, a gray-blue that I love, and I think it ties the room together perfectly.

photo 2 (36)But my favorite piece in the room is all due to quick-thinking by the Mr. He spotted a bookshelf at one of our favorite places to find unique furniture in Birmingham — Encore Resales — and had the idea to turn it on its side to use as a sideboard! It complemented the dining room furniture perfectly and provided us spaces to display all the fun wedding gifts we received earlier this year.

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We decorated the top with the candy jars we used at the cocktail hour for our wedding (bought at Michael’s with one of their awesome coupons!), and a fun wine rack from At Home. All of the fillers you see the in glass containers came from Kirkland’s or At Home, too.

We have a couple of blank walls that will likely feature photos from our wedding one day. And I’m still searching for the right placemats to use on the table when we eat there.

Where do you like to shop for table linens? How do you like to dress your dining room table during special meals or in between meals?

6 Comments on Stellar House: A Dining Room Tale

  1. Nadine
    November 11, 2014 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    I love that you shared where everything came from! Those are many of my go to places for home decor as well. I used to work at Kirkland’s when I was in high school and college! Literal blood sweat and tears I have shed there so the love runs deep. Have you been to the new West Elm? I love going in there and browsing…then trying to find similar items at Homegoods 😛 More budget friendly.

  2. Budding Fashionista
    November 12, 2014 at 4:37 am (2 years ago)

    I am totally in love with the sideways book shelf thing! now i want to do it!!

    • stellarfashionandfitness
      November 18, 2014 at 8:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m so grateful that the hubs thought of this because it’s worked perfectly!


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