My mother-in-law recently decided she wanted make some updates in her home. She has a gorgeous lake house on Lake Erie. It use to be a twine house to make sails and riggings for ships that would come into the nearby port. Pretty cool huh? I love houses with history and her house is full of it! Her current furniture and fixtures are in need of a little updating. They aren’t giving her the coastal glam vibe she is looking for so she asked for my help in updating it. She’s woking on a budget so we are updating the spaces a little at a time.
The first space she decided to take on was her dining space. She has an open concept living space in the first floor with the living room, dining room, and kitchen all open to each other. They all look out on her lakefront view. She really wants to play up the coastal vibe. The paint and flooring in the space have recently been updated to a lighter vinyl plank wood flooring and gray walls. All we needed to do now is change out the lighting and furniture. This is the inspiration picture she liked for her dining space.
Gorgeous right? You can check out more info about the inspiration photo here. The table and chairs are what really appealed to her in this photo. I found the exact chairs here but at $818 for 2 chairs it was a little out of the budget. Especially when you are adding 6 chairs. I decided to go on the hunt for similar chairs and a similar table at more affordable prices.
This Crate and Barrel table has a very similar shape and feel to the table in the inspiration photo but is pretty pricey. I did find a table that has a similar wood tone as the inspiration table. It even has a chunky base like the table in the photo. And for about half the price of the other table I think it would make a great substitute.
One of the things I really like about the inspiration photo is that the table and floors are a very similar color. It makes it feel like the table is an extension of the floor. I think that this table would do the same in my mother in law’s dining space.
The real challenge was finding chairs that had a similar feel and were the right color for the table stain. These chairs have rattan backs that add texture. They also have a similar padded seat and leg color. Best part is they are only $189 a chair verses the over $400 a chair price for the inspiration photo chairs.
The light fixture in the photo is gorgeous no doubt. But it is a little too large for the low ceilings in the space we are working with. Instead we decided to go with a nickel light fixture that would tie in to the other light fixtures in the neighboring spaces. This is the chandelier we chose. Its from Home Depot and is only $169!
I’m thinking of adding a rug to the space to kind of define the seating area. Since the dining space is open to the kitchen and living areas it is important to make it feel like a collective space. I really love jute rugs, especially for dining spaces, because they clean up easily. They also have great texture and the color is perfect for this space. This round jute rug would work well with the table and chairs.
Since the furniture is so neutral the plan is to bring in the coastal vibe with some blues and greens in the form of pillows, accessories, and maybe even a vintage blue hutch like this one.
I have had so much fun finding piece for this refresh. Now I get to show my ideas to my mother in law and hope she likes them! I’ll let you guys know what the final picks are once we get the room put together.