Create a Comfy Dining Room Your Guests Won’t Want to Leave

The dining room may play second fiddle to the kitchen table for much of the year, but from Thanksgiving through the new year, it’s the place to be. Think of your dining room as the backdrop that makes all of your most memorable holiday meals possible. From rich wall colors to soft lighting and conversation-sparking details, here’s how to get your dining room in tip-top shape in time for the holidays.

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Paint colors: If you’re thinking of repainting your dining room, consider going bold with rich red, sophisticated smoky gray, or a bitter chocolate. These fully-saturated hues have a jewel box feeling that is just right for creating a convivial dinner-party atmosphere.

Art: Including some conversation-sparking artwork in the dining room is a wonderful way to get mingling guests chatting. Hang a unique painting, create a salon-style gallery wall of quirky photographs and small prints, or set an interesting sculpture or artistic object on the credenza.

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Warmth: Whether you use a crackling fire in the fireplace, sheepskins draped over the chairs, a cozy rug, or an abundance of twinkling candlelight (or all of the above!), creating a feeling of warmth and comfort is the best way to encourage guests to linger at the table.

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Table settings: The final details to attend to are how you choose to set the table, from linens to place settings to flowers or foliage. I love setting the table the day before a big holiday gathering, as this relieves so much last-moment stress on the big day…plus you get to enjoy the beauty of your handiwork just a bit longer! If you are just beginning to collect items for your table, I’ve found a classic linen tablecloth to be the most versatile. Dress up your everyday white dinnerware with a special set of colorful salad or dessert plates, and go for something low and organic as a centerpiece, like a piece of driftwood draped in tiny twinkle lights and berry branches, or a display of fall gourds and fruit. As a finishing touch, include something special at each place: a tiny jar of homemade jam, a delicate sprig of herbs tied with twine.

Choosing a rug: The dining room is a tricky place for a rug, because it is quite likely it will get more than its fair share of crumbs and spills! The key is to look for a flat weave (deep pile is incredibly hard to keep clean) in a deep color. You can skip the rug, but there’s nothing like having a cozy rug to warm up the dining room in the depths of winter! If you want to save wear-and-tear (and cut down on cleaning), consider leaving the rug out for fall and winter, and rolling it up and storing it for the spring and summer months.

Dining Room Rugs

Rugs Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Tunisia rug in dark brown; Nourison 2000 rug in lavender; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in slate; Loloi Rugs Anastasia rug in granite.

Photo Credits: Domino

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Fashion Translation: Bohemian Neutrals

Despite my love of color and pattern paired with my constant trend-awareness, my appreciation for neutrals runs deep. But so do my bohemian roots! As I settle into my first home, I find that I’m veering more toward the neutral boho look… and it’s starting to inspire my wardrobe choices, too! I often can be found in my uniform: a breezy, flowy, embellished white or ivory top with great jeans and my trusty vintage clogs. Despite the neutral color palette, there is still a touch of pattern, but also loads of texture!

Photo Credit: Zoey Grossman found via Bohemian Diesel.

Truly, this is the perfect look to incorporate into any home. There are just so many options! If you want to go glam, look for a neutral rug with a hint of metallic. Or keep things simple yet patternful by selecting a bohemian print for your rug. This boho-meets-neutral rugs pair easily with most furniture styles, making them a great option if you want to do a small overall of your space. I also find that this assortment can work in any room of the house. I’m personally partial to using neutral rugs in the bedroom for a restful, almost spa-like vibe.

Shopping Guide:

Safavieh Adirondack rug

Surya Limu cowhide rug (my personal favorite!)

Safavieh Tunisia rug

Dynamic Rugs Loft rug

Loloi Rugs Kingston rug

Surya Madela rug

Surya Laural rug

Kaleen Solitaire rug

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Savoring the seasons: Autumn

The leaves are changing brilliant shades of red and orange, the air is crisp, and the markets are bursting with pumpkins, apples, and gourds: fall has arrived! Read on for easy, natural decorating ideas using fall leaves, fresh produce, and farm-stand flowers, plus some simple pleasures to savor like sipping hot apple cider by a crackling fire…

Savor FallPhotos: Country Living

A quick stop at your favorite market or produce stand is all you really need to decorate your home for the season. Fill a few tall glass vases with cut branches of crab apple or Japanese Maple, hang a leafy wreath on your front door, and lay out a stack of cozy woolen blankets from your stash. And of course, what would fall be without pumpkins? Try a fresh twist this year with a few no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas – use stencils and craft paint to apply your house numbers or state silhouette; or coat dried leaves with Mod Podge for an elegant nature-inspired look.

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And speaking of pumpkins, there are so many gorgeous and unusual heirloom varieties out there, if you usually just run to the grocery store for your Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins, why not try something a bit different this year? Search locally for a farm or u-pick pumpkin patch, and you’re likely to encounter more types of pumpkins than you knew existed! And heirloom pumpkins are so lovely on their own, there’s no need to carve or paint them.

FallPhoto: Food 52

While you’re out collecting gorgeous pumpkins, don’t forget to put apples on your list! Picking apples at an orchard has become one of our favorite fall traditions, and coming home is even sweeter when you have a basket full of apples to crunch…and bake into your favorite apple-y treats.


Fall GamesTop photo: Kristen Perers for Remodelista; bottom photo: We Are the Rhoads for Kinfolk, via A Cup of Jo

After a crisp fall day full of adventures, there’s nothing better than cozying up at home under some toasty blankets beside a crackling fire and playing games or having a movie night with popcorn and apple cider.

Cozy up your home for fall with warm, wooly rugs in rich, earthy tones. Here are a few of my favorite fall picks:

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Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Rugs Direct Gallery Yama Istanbul Kilim; Orion Rugs Kilim Patches; Rugs Direct Gallery Ottoman Kilim; Safavieh Striped Kilim.

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Make Mine Rustic | How To Create A Cozy Rustic Space

Hunted Interior

I wore a hoodie this week, which means autumn is officially here in my book. Now I’ll be changing up my bedding to something a little heavier and also switching up some of my living room decor to embrace the cooler temperatures. October always makes me think of cabins, roaring fires and hot beverages – all things cozy and welcoming really – and no interior style says cozy and welcoming in a bigger way than rustic.

Lakber Magazin

If faux fur blankets aren’t your thing, that’s completely okay, there are lots of ways to embrace a rustic feel. Textured woods and natural tones give off a chic vibe that might be more your speed, whether it’s an accent wall or a piece of pallet art you DIYed one weekend. Don’t be afraid to add more modern touches, like this tub and those sinks, if you’re drawn to them – there is no right or wrong when it comes to mixing styles and making your space your own!

Werner Straube

Whitewashed wood and lighter, almost pastel tones, are a nice take on the traditional look. Add some industrial style lighting to take it to the next level — your own take on a rustic farmhouse can be both old school and modern if you choose. One of my favorite parts of the room above are the simple window treatments that don’t distract from those beautiful walls.

via My Scandinavian Home

Different shades of white give a style that’s normally thought of as heavy and dark, a refreshing upgrade. I love how the metal pieces in this kitchen make everything feel so light and airy without taking away from the overall look. Scandinavian rustic tends to be more minimal, so if that’s your style, look into clean lines in furniture and fixtures.

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Layering rugs and adding plush textures to otherwise modern furniture pieces give a space depth and warmth. If you have a fireplace, keep a stack of logs nearby for an impromptu art installation that’s also functional. And last but not least, a dog at your feet never hurts.


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