So this is part 2 of our Cozy Spring Home Tour.
Last time we shared part 1 and gave a spring tour of our living room. This time we're sharing our not quite finished, but close enough, dining room along with Spring Home Tours from some our favorite Canadian bloggers. (See bottom of the post for links to all those lovely ladies' homes.)
In case we haven't met yet, I'm Shannon and my husband Dean and I are happy to have you visit. If you're new to AKA Design – welcome! – you can see photos and the story of our old house(s) here.
Our house is a work in progress, probably a lot like yours is. It's our fourth house and hopefully one we can make home with our family for years to come. We have three teenagers (well almost, the youngest is twelve and a half) that we homeschool. Dean has a day job working in sheet metal and I am an interior designer and I love to teach others to decorate their own homes. If you give a man a fish and all that. You can learn a bit more about what I can help you with at your house here.
It was my intention to share our full entryway in this part 2 tour too, but we didn't quite get enough finished. There are upside down hooks awaiting relocation (we needed them up before the trim, but with the new trim they need to be moved over) and Dean's tools are piled in the corner behind that little half wall there. Sigh. Renos never quite go exactly as planned.
When we first looked at this house in the summer of 2016, I fell in love with it's open floor plan and overall spaces. (The pool was a great selling point too, although we didn't get to make use of it during the first several months of living in the house.)
Along with the living room and kitchen combo at the back of the house on the main floor, I adore the extra large open dining room.
We can keep the extensions on our Restoration Hardware table all the time, which is something I love because hospitality is a serious love language of mine and having room for everyone is important.
(If you're new here, we don't typically buy super expensive things and tend to decorate on a realistic budget. Our Restoration Hardware table was a huge splurge for us. We do love it though – AFTER we sealed it. Which was a totally disappointing thing to need to do to a rather pricey table. Lesson learned – expensive does not always equal better.)
Initially I wasn't sure what we were going to place on either side of the windows. I thought of small buffets, bar carts, wall shelves, etc. But after several months of
scheming pondering, our DIY industrial wood and metal shelves ended up as members of the dining room again, much like they were in our last house. They're perfect for displaying all kinds of pretty things without cluttering up everything.
We've also done a lot of work in here since moving in, that will be fully finished soon. We had a light fixture installed, where there was once only pot lights. With supplies from our friends at The Home Depot Canada, Dean built a coffered ceiling into the tray ceiling. As of this post and photos, it just needed painting.
We also added worked on adding some gorgeous Metrie panel/picture frame mouldings to the walls. They too need to finish being installed plus the caulking and painting and will be fully finished soon. (The brown paint in the stairwell is going to be the same white as everywhere else on the main floor when we're finished.)
Just in time to tackle the kitchen reno. Lol. Such is life. Finish one thing just to move onto something else.
Dining Room Spring Tour Source List:
*contains affiiliate links*
- Dining room table – Restoration Hardware – Similar here
- Black Windsor style chairs – Wayfair
- Black/Gun metal side chairs – Wayfair
- Tufted wingback bench – Wayfair
- Dining room light fixture – Wayfair
- Large black wall clock – Wayfair
- Metal and Wood Shelves – DIY here
- White Curtains – DIY Ikea hack here
- Box of faux flowers – DIY here
- Round entryway mirror – Homesense
- Entry light – Build.com
- Schoolhouse style hall lights – Build.com
- It is well art – Joanne's (from our trip to the U.S. summer 2016)
- Embroidery hoop orbs – DIY here
- Letter A marquee – Micheals
- Danforth and Yonge St. signs – West Elm
- Wood horse head – Homesense
- Antler framed art – Vol25 on Etsy
- Large dice (die) – Homesense
- Crown book ends – Urban Barn
- Set of 5 turned candle sticks – Birch Lane – similar here
- Love you to the moon art – Joanne's (from our trip to the U.S. summer 2016)
- Large wood cake stand – Vintage Farmhouse Finds
- Gray tiered tray – Vintage Farmhouse Finds
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