Current Favorite Dining Table & Chair Combos

Selecting a dining table for the home can be tricky business! It's a pretty important purchase and one that's going to serve for years to come. In our family home, it was the place we kids did everything - meals, school work, craft projects  & general faffing around!   Whether for family dinners or friendly gatherings, a dining table that's functional and sturdy and has a certain timeless quality to it, is a wonderful thing. 

So I thought I'd share a few dining table and chair combos with you this week!   Ranging from a rustic modern farmhouse table to one of my favorites, the classic tulip table. For families of 4 to a party of 12.   A roundup of dining table and chair pairings that complement each other, without being too match-y. Across a range of budgets and styles.

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1. tablechair  - the classic tulip table

2. tableend chairside chair  (a similar look for less at Target and IKEA herehere & here)

3. tablechair - a sculptural table like this is interesting and keeps it light and airy

4 table (love, love, love this pedestal table at ZGallerie - it's on the pricier side of the scale, but how beautiful is this base!), chairs with a nail head trim

5 tablechair - a fretwork table with pretty peach chairs - feminine chic! 

6  This gorgeous cherry wood Ethan Allen table (a steal for $250 on Chairish) with buffalo check chairs

7 A vintage mahogany table with these chairs. Painting them white and reupholstering with a zebra print fabric would look pretty fabulous.

8 Some outdoor inspiration!  A white trestle table and all-weather wicker chairs. Inspired by this dreeeaaamy outdoor dining loggia designed by Bunny Williams.

9 tablechair - for a more contemporary feel. A great table at an excellent price.

10 tablechair - simple & stylish


Once you have your table & chairs picked out, there's lotsa ways to accessorize & make the space come alive. A statement chandelier, an interesting rug, some art to set the mood...

For instance, a fun, contemporary dining space like this might be perfect for a city condo.  Starting with a tulip table and acrylic chairs. Adding on some soft sheepskin (love it's pairing with the acrylic, like here). This mismatched striped rug is very chic and the starburst chandelier brings in the oomph. I found this "cheers" neon light on Zulily - how cool would it look mounted on a wall in the dining/entertaining area.

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Rugs to Knock Their Socks Off!

Lately, I've gotten so many questions on this one topic (the most asked / requested topic), I thought I'd dedicate a post to it!  Rugs and where to find some good ones, and how to select one for your space.

Someone I recently met lamented "We've tried out a few different rugs in our living room & haven't liked a thing!" This young couple has a toddler so not only did it need to look good and be durable, but soft too. Not an easy task!
A few other things I heard, "We found a rug we love, but it's too small for our room!" 
And, "We have a bright, coral couch with floral pillows, and it's been hard finding a rug that will complement it."   
One busy dentist told me, "I get quite a bit of foot traffic in my office and want a rug that can handle it,  is not too pricey, and I want it to look good!"

I couldn't wait to get back home (we were in Austin for the weekend attending a friend's baby shower!) and write this post up for ya'll.  Rugs on rugs on rugs! :) My favorites. A variety of styles, price points & ideas on how to use them in your space.


Natural Fiber Rugs
If you want to ground a room that already has a lot of color and pattern, say with a statement sofa and cushions? Go with a simple jute or sisal rug.

There's lotsa options out there in all price ranges. These rugs are durable, and a chunky sisal or a jute basketweave feels soft on the feet too. A nice complement to hardwood floors!   And they're great for layering. Say you have a favorite patterned rug (geometric/floral/stripes etc) but it's too small for the room, or the large version of it is pricey - just layer it with one of these & you're golden! 

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1. Basketweave jute - World Market  / 2. Jute -  RugsUSA  / 3. Bordered sisal -  Pottery Barn   and there's a host more!
Use the words "jute" "sisal" "chunky basketweave" when you search.


Zebra / Hide rugs -  
I can't think of anything more effortlessly stylish than the zebra pattern. I LOVE it as an element in a room. It looks amazing in the living room, at the foot of the bed or even in an eclectic entry.   Accent a room with a faux hide rug - zebra pattern, cowhide or sheepskin (faux fur feels good too). So chic!  

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1.  RugsUSA , World Market / 2.  Houzz, Overstock  / 3.  Overstock  / sheepskin - Pottery Barn, IKEA


Stripes - are a GREAT way to break up the space & easy on the eye.  I'm a fan of the broken stripe rug & they are hugely popular right now and have been for a while.  here ,  here, here & here (at IKEA for $99!!)

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Mix florals with stripes! It's a great way to combine patterns. And it can bring that modern touch to a room that's heavy on florals (that could otherwise look a little stuffy or old-fashioned!) 

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West Elm / Annie Selke / JCPenney


Gorgeous medallion rugs - 
I'm head over heels in LOVE with this collection at West Elm!  Reminiscent of Weinreib's mandala rugs. These could easily be THE BEST thing in your room. Stronger colors like the macaroon pink or the horizon yellow (amazing names btw!) would look great in a room with an otherwise neutral palette. 

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Then there's these lighter ones by Safavieh -. they'd look amazing in an ultra-glam room, with a starburst chandelier and some gorgeous coral/gold cushions. 

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Chevron Pattern
Playful, modern & eye-catching


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Traditional Rugs
Pretty traditional rugs in muted colors (below)   Houzz, Overstock & RugsUSA  

Don't be afraid to roll out a traditional rug in a modern room!  In fact, it can really make a room go from looking too sterile,  to warm & welcoming! 

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Florals & Botanicals -   I feel that botanicals are best left for your fabrics - curtains, cushions, accent chairs - there's so many great fabrics on the market to play with (here's my post on that).  But if it's something you're keen on, think of going with one that is limited in it's palette, 1-3 colors.  Here's a few I can get behind  :) All of these on  RugsDirect, Houzz

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Distressed rugs

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Flatweave runners
Great for the kitchen and narrow spaces like a hallway or the bedroom. I've been seeing so many kitchen photos with these colorful tribal / kilim runners featured in magazines,  and they look amazing! 

I found a stockpile of unique ones on Ebay and Overstock

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Let There Be Light

I wanted to sink my teeth into a good, juicy design post today! (pun intended ... I'm still recovering from turkey day).  I thought I'd share some GREAT lighting sources with you in today's post.

Lighting, as I've learned, can make or break a room. Whether you're trying to illuminate a space functionally or make a statement with standout fixtures - the way you light a room can really impact the mood and feel of  it. A lot of us, myself included, have made the mistake of under lighting a room!

There's so many great-looking and well-priced options on the market today. Here's a  round up of a few of my favorites! From  Shades of Light,  Pottery BarnWest ElmSchoolhouse Electric1800LightingLampsPlus & a couple more.  While I love ALL of them, I'm definitely crushing on the pendants from Schoolhouse Electric (7,  11),  and the very fetching ribbed & gourd-shaped table lamps (3, 10) right now  - they're effortlessly stylish, available in a variety of colors, and they never go out of style!


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1 / 2 / 3 ( gourd lamps are an absolute favorite of mine right now - they are effortlessly stylish, available in a ton of colors & never go out of style!) /  4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18