Changes in the Dining Room

While photographing our home (in honor of actually having every room clean at the same time putting our house on the market), I realized that I never officially shared the changes we made in the dining room when we added the French doors out to our new patio. So today is the day… I give you our simple French dining room.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

The room has always been big, but since the addition of the French doors (and the light they let it), it has felt especially large.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

In order to provide better access to those doors, we moved the China cabinet to a different wall and moved the brown buffet to the living room (you can see it in my spring home tour here if you like).

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

Through the swinging door (one of my favorite features of our 1940 colonial) is the newly renovated butlers pantry (see the full tour here) which leads right into our gorgeous new, classic white kitchen (tour it here).

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

As you can see, we have opted for an eclectic look in our chairs (aka don’t let the 2 and 4 year old boys eat on antique upholstered chairs! 😉 ).  But seriously, I like the addition of these industrial chairs.  We have a bunch more out on our patio through the French doors, which provides a connection between the two spaces if we entertain using both.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

The dining set, which I recently painted, belonged to my great grandmother (full tutorial here).  I love the new look; I think it complements the rest of our home beautifully – definitely better than it did when it was yellow and green.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

My little old window screen turned chalkboard is one of my favorites…

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

And my new diy trumeau mirror rounds out the French flavor.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

I realize it’s a bit minimalistic, but since we eat every meal in here, it’s important to me that it feel uncluttered and clean.

Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design

What do you think?  Do you find it too sparse or do you appreciate the empty space like I do?

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Gorgeous, simple French dining room | #diy #decorating #design


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  1. Love the empty space. Love the room! Your house is so lovely.

  2. It looks perfect, Rachel, for every day living as well as for staging to sale. Cheers, Ardith

  3. Marlene Stephenson says:

    It is a lovely room. The table and chairs are a beautiful piece of furniture,besides being a family heirloom,that is really great. All the work you have done is really wonderful,Rachel.

  4. Cathy Chapman says:

    I think it’s wonderful! I am leaning toward my spaces being more clean and uncluttered. It has taken some time to arrive there, but I really feel better in the space when it’s cleaner – decor-wise. Is that even a word? Haha I love everything you do! Our styles are very similar. Keep up the great posts & decorating in your home. I’ll be here!

    Be blessed,

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      I totally think decor-wise is a word. I’d like to think I’m decor-wise, rather than decor-dumb. Haha!! Ok, I’ll stop cracking myself up… I’m so so honored that you enjoy the blog. Thank you, Cathy!! xx

  5. Cathy Chapman says:

    P. S. Where did you get that small glass jug on the dining table, most of them are too large for my use? Thanks!


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