Written by: Lauren

A friend of mine has been asking me to help her with her dining room for a little while now, but was waiting for me to get back to work. Since I can’t turn down a project, and wouldn’t want to turn one down that was this fun anyway, of course I finally said yes! She had started a Pinterest board with some images for this particular room, and there was a clear message that she wanted to portray. She wanted to incorporate some color while not making the space too loud, and loved pieces with a coastal vibe. Her only other request was to make sure that the space was kid friendly for her two little ones and easy to keep clean.

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We decided to go with a mostly neutral palette; whites and natural wood with some touches of navy, a soft Tiffany blue, silver, and a pop of orange for something fun. I pulled photos (some from my friend’s Pinterest board and some on my own) to show the coastal vibe and the overall look we are hoping to achieve.

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The main photo on my inspiration board is one we both love. It shows a calm yet comfortable setting perfect for this family of four. We specifically love the table and light fixture in this photo and are hoping to find ones that mimic their charm.

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As this space is sandwiched between the main living room and kitchen, I want to do something that sets it apart but doesn’t take away from the openness of the house. I am thinking a white grasscloth or some other type of textural  wall finish will help to do just that.

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My friend saw this table and fell in love with it. The hammered metal top should fit the bill for being easy to keep clean with kids.

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We also love these chairs and are deeply considering the Serena and Lily option in navy and white.

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This space has a built in buffet on one wall and I love the idea of painting it this Tiffany blue color and giving it some new hardware as well.

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It would be fun to also incorporate that color in one more unexpected way, and I love how these bar stools are made more interesting through their painted rim.

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Another fun detail I am hoping to include is a patterned Roman shade for the kitchen window. I like the idea of a navy and white pattern to tie in the chairs.

We are starting to purchase pieces for this project and are so excited to see how it all turns out. We thought it would be fun once again to share our inspiration with you first so you can see our process and how it evolves from concept to finished product. As this is a new type of post, please tell us what you think … Would you like to see more in process details? The steps it takes to get to a finished look? Are you in need of a redesign yourself? Maybe some of these tips can help you get started, and if you need more help, we are always just a quick email away. info@sbsdesignla.com

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