Dining room tour

A couple of months ago, I did an entryway tour of my apartment. Today, I'm showing you the room as you come out of the entryway... the dining room! Our apartment has a really open floor plan downstairs. You walk out of the entryway into this room, and you have a perfect view of the kitchen. When you're standing in the kitchen, you have a perfect view of the living room. It's great for cooking, because I can still hang out with Eric if he's watching TV. It'll be nice for entertaining someday when I have guests over. Ha! I've been a slacker in that department lately. I just wanted to get this place somewhat finished before anyone saw the insane mess!

I received these birch tree decals from Urban Walls a few months back. Since we can't paint anything like this on the wall, the decals were a great substitute. They'll peel right off when we move out someday. I actually really liked the way they ended up looking on the mint wall too. They turned out pretty good, but they were really hard to put up. It's like a three-man, ladder type of job. And after they were put up, I spent days (weeks!) rolling over them with a rolling pin to straighten them out. We had to eventually put double-sided tape on the branches that kept falling over. But I'd definitely recommend these to apartment-dwellers that can't paint for a fun decoration! I wouldn't expect these to stay permanently.

A pattern I've noticed with my style in home decor is that I like to mix old things, with new things. I picked up this blue table at a vintage mall about a year ago. I fell in love immediately. It's totally falling apart and is probably painted with lead paint, but it looks so perfect. The blue color is my favorite! I switched out the knob to an Anthropologie one. I try not to store much on the table because even if someone leans on it, I freak out. Haha! The dining table and chairs were a pretty low-cost combination from IKEA. I wanted a big enough table for 8 people to eat at, and it ended up filling up the space really well. 

This is Winny's favorite rug, I swear. She's constantly chewing her toys here and as soon as she comes in from outside, she goes and lays down on it. This was also a really inexpensive purchase from IKEA. I wanted a statement rug, but honestly couldn't afford a ton at the time. I just wanted to fill this place as fast as I could. It was so empty! For the longest time, this room sat empty... and then it was a dumping grounds for old couches, arm chairs and bookshelves. Although we rarely sit and eat at the table (we love watching TV shows and movies while eating!) it'll be a great space to have friends over for a fun dinner party. Hope you enjoyed! I'll be back soon with the living room space, especially our new gallery wall! xo


Apartment details:

Urban Walls Birch Tree Decals
IKEA LAPPLJUNG RUTA Rug
IKEA BJURSTA Expendable Table
IKEA LAVER Chairs
IKEA Jars, Placemats, Candles, Flowers
Vintage Milk Jug Vase
Vintage Table
ModCloth Latch Stop Key Tray