Pinspiration - The New Dining Room

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So, on the upside, one of the best parts about moving has been curating about 834,002 images on Pinterest to help us decorate the new place. Did I mention that it's unfurnished? Guys, this is a huge step for us. Decorating an apartment from scratch is a big commitment. It's kind of crazy to think that we will most likely be here -- in the new apartment, that is -- when Livia is 3-4 years old. So wild!

My most popular board on Pinterest is called Small Space Style. I assumed that at some point that we would move to another apartment with small, tricky spaces and need the smart decorating solutions ready-to-go. Living in a city full of old apartments is like that.

Well, color me surprised that our new place has a 40m2 living room. To give you some perspective, our entire apartment right now is only about 65m2. Now, this new living room is going to be living/dining/work all-in-one, but it's going to be such a breath of fresh air after the cramped combo space we have now. Back to my point -- all along I've been planning for another small space and now I find myself trying to dig out great big space inspiration photos. Trust me, it's just as hard to figure how to decorate big as it is small. Thankfully, the other rooms -- kitchen, bedrooms, etc. -- are all normal dimensions.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to share some of my favorite pins that are inspiring us as we decorate different parts of the new place. Then, once we get settled I'll be able to show you how the inspiration translated into real life!

First up: the dining room. Here's what I've managed so far...


This dining room is gorgeous, but a little too traditional for us -- so we're using it as a jumping off point with some key alterations. I loved the dining chairs so much that I scoured Ebay Italia for a slightly more modern frame that we can update to feel a bit younger. I nabbed 6 amazing 1950's chairs for €100 including shipping(!) and we're recovering the cushions ourselves with this great Ikea fabric:


Total price for 6 chairs? About €125. That's about €21 per chair. Ikea's most basic plastic chairs don't even come in that low. What a steal! Can't wait to share some before and afters. The chairs will be paired with our Melltorp table that's we've been using as an office table, but will now serve its rightful purpose as a dining table. I think the mix of classic and modern is going to look great.

Also in the dining room we have this buffet/console. I love the streamlined look, but didn't love any of the baskets/organizers that Ikea makes to fit in the open spaces. Honesty, they all look a little cheap! So, I'm still on the hunt for something great there. Naturally, if I was in the U.S. I'd have about 1,000 choices at Target. I do miss Target sometimes!

One thing we haven't tackled at all in the dining space (or anywhere in the "big room," for that matter) is art. I have tons of images pinned with big photography/art like this...


...but we haven't found anything that really floats our boat yet (that is also affordable). These book illustrations are pretty neat though!