This is a photo of our old dining room table. We bought it many years ago and it now just looks boring and dated. What I do love about this table are the hidden extensions, and because of that reason alone I considered keeping it. But honestly, I just no longer like the overall look, and it’s only partly solid wood the rest is veneer so it just wasn’t worth saving.

I started looking for a new dining table and found a few I liked, but West Elm’s Emmerson table ranked at the top of my list.


Unfortunately, the $1300 price tag (and that doesn’t include tax or shipping!) ranked at the bottom of my list.

After not finding anything I liked in my budget, I decided I had no choice but to make my own dining room table.


First, my apologies for how long it has been since my last post! My schedule has been OVERWHELMED the last few weeks with not only planning and projects, but also regular responsibilities as the school year and all its activities are in full motion now.

I was able to spend most of this past Saturday touring some AIA (American Institute of Architects) award winning homes in our area with a dear friend of mine. It was so fun and inspiring, and I had hoped to share some photos with you readers but unfortunately photography was not allowed inside most homes :( . If you enjoy interior design and have any home tours like this in your area then I highly recommend you attend. I discovered some inspiring ideas and innovative products, plus it’s great to see what’s happening in your own community!

I also had my ottoman makeover featured at Better After this week. If you’ve never been to her site go check it out! It’s full of great before and after photos, and who doesn’t love scrolling through before and after photos?

Okay, onto my dining room…

When I sat down to redesign my dining room it became apparent pretty quickly that a dining room is a rather simple room compared to most rooms. My office, for instance, had many elements and pieces in it where I could infuse design, but the typical dining room is actually pretty basic. It usually contains a table with seating, lighting and often a storage piece. And that’s it! Unless you have a dining room with some amazing architectural elements there’s not a lot happening in there.

So I faced the challenge of how to bring engaging interesting design into an otherwise boring and somewhat empty room. After spending some time considering my options, I decided the best place to make an impact in my particular dining room was to create a feature wall on the large prominent wall.

Here’s a before photo:


I painted all of the walls in the room white and decided to give the feature wall a special treatment. My main strategy for creating interest and design was to add unique molding to the wall. An interesting wall paper or the ever popular pallet wall were options I considered, but I had started a molding theme in this room and it made sense to continue it.

The molding theme began with my baseboards. I have the shorter size baseboards throughout my house and have considered replacing them with taller ones for awhile, but that involves a lot of time and a lot of money!

We’ve already removed a little of the existing baseboards for the built-in in our office and it was not easy. The baseboards appear to be glued to the wall and it caused a lot of damage when we removed them. So yeah, that’s not something I want to do ALL over the house!

I saw the idea of adding trim above the existing baseboards while browsing Pinterest and realized this is a much better alternative. It’s cheaper, easier and would take less time! Here’s the pin I found:


I decided the best place to try this idea and see if it looked good was in my dining room.


I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend! I have spent every waking hour of this weekend either at my son’s soccer tournament or trying to finish up this project for my dining room. I’m finally done and ready to share it!

Whenever I sit down to redesign a room, I focus on coming up with a design that would be my ideal room and then I figure out a way to make it work with my budget. Well, I knew right away that my ideal dining room would include a mid-century modern credenza.

Have you seen these beauties?

BUF-mcmexsvintage mid-century modern credenzas

Ok, let me wipe the drool off my computer… I’ve loved mid-century modern furniture ever since I studied it in some classes I took in college, but that was back in the 90’s (yes, I’m old :( ). Mid-century modern (MCM) designs have become quite trendy recently and it seems everyone who owns a MCM credenza has picked up on that. So now these credenzas easily sell for $1000 and up!

Yeah, that’s too rich for me so to the drawing board I went. What I had in my dining room was this sideboard we purchased like 10 to 15 years ago.


It was rather dated looking and just boring to me. But I wondered if there was some way I could give it a makeover and turn it into more of an interesting piece with some nods to the amazing MCM credenza.


I love to bring personal touches to the interior design in our home. I recently finished giving our home office a makeover and discovered many opportunities to add personal touches to the room, including the wall art over the piano.

The piano had been in the room for awhile and needed to stay. It doesn’t match the decor, but we couldn’t kick it out so I tried to incorporate it into the design of the overall room. One way I wanted to accomplish this was to add some large artwork above it to help highlight it while also visually balancing the large built-in bookcases we have on the adjacent wall.

As I was debating what artwork to place over the piano, I came across this photo on Pinterest


I immediately realized I could do something similar with our travel photos and place them over our piano. I spent a semester in college studying abroad in Europe, and we recently took a family trip to NYC. I liked the idea of taking my own personal photos that I’ve collected from those trips and highlighting them with a collage.