Dining Room Refresh

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Wayf Dress // J.Crew Necklace (old, similar here) // Huda Beauty Lipstick in “Gossip Girl” // Frontgate c/o Rug, Cream Vase, Floral Vase, Flower Prints, Chevron Box, & Bar Cart (sold out, similar here) // Anthropologie Table (old similar here) // Wayfair Chairs (old, similar here) // Light Fixture // Minted Prints // Amazon Plant Stand

 

Two Rooms & A Giveaway

I am so excited today to be teaming up with my friend Paige from The Pink Clutch and Frontgate on our room refreshes! (plus a $500 giveaway –  see below!).

We each had a room in our homes that was in desperate need of attention. For her, it was her guest room (see her post here!) and for me it was most definitely our dining room. So we set out to re-design and re-fresh. Over the past few months we’ve exchanged hundreds of texts, phone calls, and e-mails as we went through the design process. Honestly, it was so much fun to do together! 

Paige is a brilliant design + lifestyle blogger, so I loved having her on speed-dial to get her input and honestly, I’m obsessed with what we ended up on. The best thing about our team up is that though Paige and I have different aesthetics, we love each-other’s vibe. This is the first time I’ve re-done a room along side a friend, but it won’t be the last! Because anytime I got stuck I’d shoot her a text and vice versa, it was awesome.

I don’t think you can ever officially “finish” a room because your home is supposed to be a forever project, but I love seeing this room refresh reveal! And now that I’m looking at it through a lens… I’m thinking we need some grasscloth wallpaper and curtains…But until then, come over for dinner, the dining room’s ready!

Before & After

Before you see the before and after photos, let me just say we’ve had the HARDEST time with our dining room for years. I wanted to show you this, even though it’s cringe worthy.  It’s amazing how a few things can really change a room. I mean, LOOK!! 

BEFORE
AFTER

My Thought Process

As I mentioned earlier, it has been the room in our home that never quite “worked” — too many statement pieces like the framed Heremès Scarf (that now happily lives in my office) to the painting my dad did of Ryan and I, to the funky light-fixture that is cool in theory, but never was quite right. 

When we embarked on this refresh we decided to keep our favorite pieces in the room and move everything else out. For us the painting of Ryan and and our dining room table & chairs were what we loved the most. Everything else could move somewhere else. 

Going for warm, Airy, and Inviting

Once we took everything out, we realized that this room had potential to be warm, airy, and bright if we took advantage of it! So we stayed away from our go-to color blue and leaned into to warm tones… and I’m so glad we did!

We picked up this stunning accessory box and large cream vase as our first accessories. Then I stumbled across these gorgeous flower pints that are even MORE lovely in person than you can imagine. These three things started the vibe of our room and then, I saw, the rug

The Pattern Rug

This rug is by FAR my favorite new piece in the room. It’s warm, cozy, but also brings in the color. I am so obsessed with it. Rugs are hard and finding one that you love isn’t easy, so I consider this a trophy worthy find. It really is THAT good. 

Also, Dolly loves it. I find her cozied up under the table in the afternoon. It’s her favorite little spot!

The Bar Cabinet

The bar cart is an old Frontgate find from last year, but they currently have a few similar ones and I cannot say enough great things about it. I love having all of our bar ware and bottles tucked inside this pretty chest. It keeps the room from looking too cluttered and, honestly, it made me nervous to see any of my friends’ little ones teetering around the old bar cart. It felt like an accident waiting to happen. 

Plus, Ryan LOVES it. Truly this is the most “Ryan” thing we have in our home. ha! 

The Chandelier

And after searching high and low, we finally found a light fixture that was simple and classic that didn’t make me want to poke my eyeballs out. I’m so glad we eded up with this one (26″ diameter size + hand rubbed antique brass) and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for one!

All and all we love our new room and can’t wait to entertain this Summer! 

$500 Frontgate Giveaway!

But, enough about me, guys… Frontgate is giving YOU a chance to win your very own refresh, so make sure you enter in the giveaway below! Because we could all use a little Summer design update!

Also, please don’t miss out on my good friend Paige’s Guest Room reveal.  It’s honestly SO AMAZING it will make you want to redo your entire home. Seriously, y’all she’s incredibly talented and has a true designer’s eye. You HAVE to go see it!! I’m just putting this little sneak peek for you right here, but wow… it’s good. 

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23 Comments

  1. Jana
    June 11, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Just Beautiful!!!

  2. Patricia Haddad
    June 11, 2019 / 8:53 am

    Okay, we are so on the same page. Two other blogs I visit daily are Carly the Prepster and The Pink Clutch. And I love your new dining room! I’m going to hop on over to Paige’s page to view her redo room. I do love her colors! I hope I win the $500 makeover!!! (and I’m glad Ryan now has a room he can claim!) 🙂

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Patricia!! You are so sweet! I hope you love Paige’s post! xx

  3. Patricia Eisner
    June 11, 2019 / 10:00 am

    Just lovely!! Enjoy xxx

  4. June 11, 2019 / 10:04 am

    Such an amazing transformation! You can really see the

    And thank you for introducing me to Paige’s page 🙂 I love the preppy vibes and clearly she has a good eye for organization. A great collaboration all around!

    • June 11, 2019 / 10:12 am

      oops the *warmth

      🙂

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:15 am

      Sandra! You will LOVE Paige’s blog, she’s the best! xx

  5. Allison A.
    June 11, 2019 / 10:42 am

    Your dining room looks beautiful! Very light and fresh and Dolly approved, too. Perfect chandelier for your room. Lovely dress on you Ashley. You always look gorgeous.

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Ah! Thank you Allison, such a sweet note! xx

  6. Jane H.
    June 11, 2019 / 11:04 am

    I love the changes you made in your dining room! The new light fixture is just right and I really really love the new rug. Good choices. Also, the cabinet instead of the cart is wonderful. So neat looking! Good job. On Paige’s page (that’s weird to say), did I miss a before picture? I’ll have to go back and check it out again. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:17 am

      Hi Jane! Thank you so much for your sweet note, means the world! Also, I don’t think Paige posted a before… so you didn’t miss it! xx

  7. June 11, 2019 / 11:12 am

    So so gorgeous!! I love love that bar cabinet, and how you styled it! Also, Paige’s room is gorgeous!!!

    xx Libby

  8. Mary C Elgin
    June 11, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    I visit yours and Paige’s daily. They both are so inspiring and I have bought many of the products that y’all recommend!

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:17 am

      Mary!!! This makes me so happy!! Thank you! xx – AB

  9. Laura
    June 11, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    I want to see the details of your dad’s painting!

    • June 17, 2019 / 11:17 am

      Laura! I’ll have to do a post on it! xx – AB

  10. Geysanni Robbins
    June 17, 2019 / 11:43 pm

    Wow, I loveeee your new dining room so much! I think mine has the same potential, but I also struggle with details and lacking money completely to finish it off. It’d be amazing to win this!

    • June 18, 2019 / 8:23 am

      Thank you so much, friend! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you! xx

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