• Kerri Hansen

Simple Fall Dining Room

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends!

We are currently enjoying a little weekend away to visit with friends and family on Vancouver Island. Nice to escape the city and enjoy the laid back vibe in the cute little town of Courtenay, BC. Last week I shared how I had cozied up my family room and kitchen for Fall, if you missed that you can read about it here.

Today I wanted to give you a little tour of my dining room, and show you how I continued my trend of neutrals with pops of colors. So grab a cup of coffee, or if it’s that time of day, a glass of wine and let’s dive in, shall we?

Our dining room is right off of our entryway and it leads through to the kitchen and family room. For the most part I love this room, although I do wish it was a tad bigger for when we have dinner guests.

One of my favorite features in this space is the chalkboard wall…

I painted it about 4 years ago now, and it has been such a fun element in this room. When we are celebrating a birthday or holiday,or even just when we have other families over for dinner,  the kids have so much fun writing special messages and drawing on it. We eat dinner in here most nights as a family. We have had the table and hutch for many years, they were one of the first pieces of “real grown up furniture” we bought for our first home.

The chairs I bought a few years back from World Market, and in retrospect I wish I had gone for a contrasting color instead of black. But oh well, hindsight is 20/20! My newest addition to our dining room is the rustic wood storage cabinet…and I am in love with it! It is also from World Market, you can find it here.

The wood frame and metal doors give me serious heart eyes…I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I have bought several pieces of furniture from World Market over the last few months, and I am so impressed with the quality. Their prices can’t be beat. I have had a few different console tables in this space, but I was really craving some more storage, and I like that this piece has a combination of see through glass and then some hidden space below.

I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to serving pieces, so gaining all this extra storage was a serious win! I was also very excited to have another surface to style and decorate. Front and center is the succulent pumpkin planter I made this week, which you can read about here. It was so simple and I love the way it looks!

When I was decorating this room over the past week, my approach was similar to that with the Family Room and Kitchen…start with a neutral backdrop and add pops of color. The star of the show is the table, it looks so nice when it is all set!

I started with a table runner, which I actually made from the fabric I had leftover after sewing these cushions…

I was going to sew around the edges, but then was kind of enjoying the fraying that was happening with the fabric. When my sister made the same comment, that was all the encouragement I needed, and I frayed each edge.

Then I added my favorite round water hyscinth placemats and white dinner plates, both from Ikea. When I bought the tablecloth that I turned into pillow covers, I also bought the coordinating dinner napkins, so that was layered on top of that.

This is an example of that neutral backdrop I was talking about. And then for a pop of color and also because I love them…orange mini pumpkins on each place setting. I love the way this looks!

Another color that I incorporated in the dining room, is my favorite color…teal. I felt like my table was missing something, and then I saw these beautiful teal glasses at Walmart. They are part of the Pioneer Woman line.

I consistently use teal and mustard yellow as accent colors through my home, and I love the way doing that unifies each space. These vases with faux stems tick that box in here!

In the middle of the table, I used a big round candle holder I have had forever as a focal point.

Then I placed two smaller candleabras on either side along with some white pumpkins.

I just recently bought these candleholders from Target after eyeing them all summer. I also bought this faux wreath, also from the Hearth and Hand collection, and hung it in front of the large mirror on the wall.

When I looked around the dining room, I realized that so many of my accessories came from either the Hearth and Hand Collection …

Or from one of my trips to Waco to visit Magnolia Market, like Tte tall wooden candlesticks on the storage cabinet. The hanging watercolors are from one of the vendors at the Silobration, Wildfield Paper Co. My loyalty to Joanna Gaines is strong!

One last shot of the table, all decked out for Fall…

And I think that pretty much completes my Fall Dining Room Tour. Christmas decorating will be upon us before you know it, and it will be time to switch things up a little. But for now I am really enjoying this space and I look forward to hosting some casual family dinners in here!

I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend!

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