Somebody needs to pinch me to prove this modern vintage dining room design is a real thang, because I’m having a moment. Once I nailed the vision of our total home design, little by little my bitty bungalow exceeds my boho chic expectations. It feels real good to have three adjacent rooms exactly where I dreamed them to be. Well, close enough. Chronic-rearranger, duh. 😆
Let’s be real. It’s nothing short of cray-cray to see how much my tastes have changed. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Drum roll, please. 🥁
My home started out as a hand-me-down, beachy bungalow and is slowly, but surely, transforming into a modern, eclectic, glammy as all hell abode along the New England shoreline. She’s my blank canvas splattered with color and spunk, accented with big, bold, and beautiful (BBB) thrifts galore.
I’m an old house lover. Even with an ultimate goal of modern interior design, it was important to me to create a base design reflecting my 1934 Craftsman Bungalow. Hence, these two hands and a girl’s best-tool-friend (a pneumatic nail gun) built board & batten – measured, cut, secured, caulked and painted Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. Oh lawdy, I love her.
My second venture into stripping 🙊, I lovingly stripped the original, one-panel wood door in the dining room leading to the Indigo Room and attic to reveal her natural oaky goodness underneath. Two down, three to go!
Next up, wallpaper!!! This isn’t your traditional wallpaper. I’ve removed that and I’m still traumatized. I’d like you to wrap your mind around removable wallpaper. Isn’t it a dream? No; my friends, it’s a reality. I’ve been dyin’ to hang with Justina Blakeney’s frenetic botanical designs up in this hizzy. These gorgeous Nana (Pink) Tiles are from Hygge & West and they go up (and come down) like buttah. Not only do I love how easy it was to install, they’re made to order like an original piece of art and make me reminisce of my screen-printing days. Check out the video here!
Also, I learned hygge is actually pronounced hoo-ga and means cozy in Danish. Learn sumthin’ new errryday. 😏
I’d like to direct your feasting eyes to our custom-made modern dining table. Guys, pictures don’t do her justice. She’s approximately 400-lb. of poplar and perfection. The master carpentry credit goes to my good friends Meg & Justin at Mason Dixon Handmade who worked meticulously to make sure this table was on point. Look at dat graaaain. Everyone who walks in the room has the immediate desire to pet her tabletop. I don’t blame them.
So, what blew my dining room out of the water? Alchemy Eagle Brown Dining Chairs by Article, that’s what. In one word, these chairs are delicious. Aside from straight up glammy eye candy, these leather chairs are incredibly cozy, sultry to the touch, and have my mind wandering about the gatherings to come. I adore Article and, honestly, I’d post photographs of my Cascadia Blue Sven Sofa in my living room all day long if I could. Instead of doing that, I carried on the legacy of this online mid century modern furniture maverick by taking my dining room décor to the next level.
Dang girl, you’ve got more curves than a soda bottle. Sheeeeeet.
The icing on this tabletop cake: my driftwood succulent centerpiece. This piece is close to my heart (you can see it in the before photos, too!). The florist to my wedding has become a bit of a “family florist” if you will. This driftwood was used as a floral arrangement to celebrate my Daddio’s 60th a couple of years back and it now welcomes guests at my table with fresh succulent blooms. DIY coming soon!!
Let’s talk deets. The bamboo brass bar cart. I mean, c’mon. 🤤 I scored that brass broad from my local mid century maven, Scuddy, at Mid Century Collective. The decanters are an ever-growing collection of mine, and the bitty liquor tags were just too cute to resist. Chyaaa, my gin needs to be in a decanter! I accented this collected corner with brightly colored, decorative “monkey” plates I scored for pennies at an estate sale. I can already taste all the cocktails a’flowin’.
A brass desk lamp I scored for $2.50 on a finishing touches run has since setup shop here. Ever-changing.
The BBB vintage statement in this room is none other than my 1900s-era Spanish Revival oak sideboard. I’d been on the hunt high and low for a MCM credenza to no avail. Well, that’s because the stars aligned and guided me to this ornately carved wonder. I found the mid century lamps for a steal on my second bestie to Craigslist – Letgo – and the linen drum shades were a sure score from eBay.
The serene, somewhat mysterious, lady in silky garb painting stopped me dead in my tracks. I felt connected to her quiet confidence and nabbed her at Brimfield Flea in an instant. I got an email about whether or not I knew the artist and I don’t!! If you know who painted this, letta girl know. The lady’s credenza features a compilation of collected serve ware, old encyclopedias, bust planter, and super mod wine decanter from Twine Living.
Probably the best score that isn’t a thrift score is my sputnik-style chandelier. The fixture and eighteen Edison-style bulbs were found on Amazon for $155!!! Just stop it now. I also found all three bamboo blinds for a whopping $80. Nobody loves Amazon more than I do. NOBAHDY.
Can you tell I’m obsessing? 🙆🏻 Well, I am. ‘Cause I’m in love. And love makes you do silly things … like rant and rave about all your glory finds and pretty thangs. I truly hope you enjoyed an inside view on the inner workings of my modern vintage dining room. Now, it’s naptime. 😴
LOL, yeah right. Too many projects!!
Get the look:
Alchemy Eagle Brown Dining Chairs / Article
Nana (Pink) Tiles / Hygge & West by Justina Blakeney
Modern Dining Table / Mason Dixon Handmade
Bar Cart / Mid Century Collective
Modern Decanter / Twine Living
Art Deco Switch Plates / House of Antique Hardware