Susan's Dining Room


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The style of this space is a mix of traditional with contemporary. The Toscana Buffet from Pottery Barn, Lancaster Sideboard and Taverna Dining Table from Crate and Barrel and all have a rustic, Tuscan charm, with hand-distressing and casual warmth. While the Thomas Arm-Chairs and Klismos Side-Chairs from Ethan Allen are more modern with clean lines and graceful tapered legs.

Floor Plan


The dining table is centered in the room under the chandelier, along the east-side of the room, leaving an open pathway from the kitchen to the family room and living room. I've placed Arm chairs on the ends of the dining table and Side Chairs, three on each side of the table. There’s a Buffet on the far wall that is topped by a painting and flanked by two wall sconces for some extra task lighting. The Sideboard sits on the opposite wall between the two wall openings. There’s a marvelous large area rug under the table and chairs that helps create a cohesive look.

Paint Scheme


The color palette is warm and spicy. Use Sherwin Williams Ramie SW6156 Flat Finish on the Walls. Paint the Trim with Sherwin Williams Honied White SW7106 Satin Finish and the Ceiling with Flat Finish. If you decide to do the DIY project "Different Chairs, Same Color", paint the chairs with Jalapeno SW6629 Semi-Gloss Finish. The color orange is stimulating to the appetite. If you love having people around the table, orange is a warm and inviting color that will stimulate conversation and keep them eating for a long time.

Artwork & Accessories


The beautiful 8 X 11 Area Rug in earth tones is a work of art on the floor. The Cyan Design Singapore Vase from Noya Décor is the perfect accent to sit on the buffet. The Mixed Media Canvas by Angele Sage is modern, but still reflects the warmth and traditional feel of the space with the earth tone colors. The Mathew Williams Mata Candlesticks are made of hand forged metal by Noya Décor and will look great in the corner on the other side of the doorway opposite the buffet.

Shopping List

Taverna Dining Table by Crate & Barrel
Reclaimed wood from old beams and columns in India repurpose the dining table with rustic good looks and the casual warmth of communal tavern-style seating. Pub-inspired trestle base supports planks of mixed sizes and colors of woods—neem, old teak, acacia, sheesham—stripped of old paint and finished in a warm clove brown and sealed with lacquer and wax. Each table exhibits its own unique combination of distressed wood in weathering and discoloration.
Dimensions ( 78"Wx38"Dx30"H)

Qty. 1 x $1,499.00

Thomas Arm Chair by Ethan Allen
Tight back; Attached seat; Welted
Finish: Sienna 953
Body: Sphere Sunset X1063
Dimensions (25" w x 40" h x 24" d)

Qty. 2 x $674.00

Klismos Side Chair by Ethan Allen
Available in Macchiato (314) finish as shown; Curved back rest; Tapered legs
Seat height: 17.75”h
Body: Turner Mandarin F1062
Dimensions (21" w x 35" h x 23.75" d)

Qty. 6 x $449.00

Toscana Buffet by Pottery Barn
With room to store an ample wine cellar, this buffet is ideal for entertaining. Behind its glass doors, you’ll find adjustable shelves and a generous wine rack. The two drawers above are perfect for storing wine pulls, coasters and other serving essentials. Expertly crafted of kiln-dried pine and pine veneer. Doors feature tempered-glass panels.
Features two drawers, two adjustable shelves, and removable wine cubby behind the tempered-glass cabinet doors.
Wine cubby holds 24 bottles.
The Tuscan chestnut finish is a 14-step process with hand-applied layers, hand distressing and burnished edges that give the buffet the look of a well-loved antique.
Dimensions (61.5" W x 19" D x 36" H)

Qty. 1 x $1,299.00

Lancaster Small Sideboard by Crate & Barrel
Classic Shaker simplicity gets an eco-friendly makeover in bamboo with a touch of clean-lined midcentury style. Bamboo timbers finished in rich coffee are crafted with traditional Chinese joinery, without the use of nails or screws. Compact yet roomy sideboard features one drawer and double doors that open to one removable shelf. Minimalist steel knob pulls complete the streamlined look.
Dimensions (42"W X 19"D X 35"H)

Qty. 1 x $699.00

Petal Pusher Indoor Rug by Grandinroad
Feel the warmth of the Petal Pusher Rug. Neutral earth tones combine with gold, orange, and crimson accents in this hand-tufted, luxuriously thick rug. A medley of textures and volumes combine to create a work of art for your floor. Hand-tufted construction; Crafted from a handspun New Zealand wool blend; Thick, half-inch pile; Professional cleaning recommended.
Dimensions (8' X 11')

Qty. 1 x $998.00

Cyan Design Small Singapore Vase by Noya Decor
Finish: Green Apple; Weight: 10.2 lbs.
Dimensions (10.5" Dia X 14"H)

Qty. 1 x $122.50

Mixed Media on Canvas, Creative Boiling by Angele Sage on Zatiste.com
Creative Boiling by Angele Sage is a mixed media painting. The support is a 100 cotton canvas mounted on a wooden frame. It is ready to hang. Staples on the back. The sides are painted. It is signed front and back. The subject is abstract. A gloss varnish is applied to the painting. The date of creation is 2012.
Dimensions (30" X 30" X .75")

Qty. 1 x $425.00

Mathew Williams Mata Candelsticks by Nova Decor
Origin: China; Material: Metal; Weight: 10 lbs; Pack of 2.
Dimensions (32.75"H X 10.25"W X 10.25"D)

Qty. 1 x $261.80

Kallax Shelving Unit by Ikea
Place them horizontally to use as shelves/buffet (see DIY Tip). Black/Brown; Max load/shelf: 29 lb; Particleboard, Paper, Fiberboard, ABS plastic, Foil, Printed and embossed acrylic paint, Clear acrylic lacquer.
Dimensions (17 3/8"W X 15 3/8"D X 72 7/8H")

Qty. 3 x $59.99

DIY Tips

Different Chairs, Same Color
Painting a bunch of dissimilar chairs the same color is a great way to achieve cohesiveness, and put the focus on the shapes of the different chairs. This is a great budget option, rather than purchasing retail, since you don't have to find a matched set of chairs -- you can gather chairs from all over and make them a matched set. Use Sherwin Williams Jalapeno SW6629 Semi-Gloss Finish and apply with a sponge brush.


When it comes to creating posh pieces of furniture for your dining room, think outside the box. Convert bookcases into a custom store-and-serve buffet. Using wall anchors, hang a pair of bookcases horizontally while placing a third on the floor directly below. Mount the middle bookcase at counter height so it can be used as a serving station for cocktails.
The Kallax shelving unit from Ikea for $59.99, available in black-brown, works for your Dining Room.