Pretty in Pink: Dining Room Makeover

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Hello, 2017! 

We brought in the New Year at home, like old men, but with a case of sparkling wine and a few friends to help us tackle it. It was a good way to start the new year. We're looking forward to a lot of entertaining in 2017 - it's one of our favorite things to do but our constant "are we leaving New Orleans or nah" attitude kept us from really getting the house into prime entertaining mode with the right amount of furniture and space to host people. Welp, that changed last month when we signed another year long lease, so we screamed "YAAAS" at each other until we both fainted and then went shopping for a few new pieces of furniture and a new paint color to transform our guest bedroom into a dining room. We knew that we'd be using a  reclaimed bargewood table and bench set we'd had for a while, which gave a medieval vibe, so we wanted a paint color to really tear away from that direction. 


Concerns: pepto, baby's bedroom, bubble gum.

We were a little nervous, and even took to Instagram to ask ~the people~ which direction to go in with a few paint samples - and then we literally picked the one most people liked because we're easily convinced. WE MADE A GOOD DECISION. We are in love. It's not bright enough to be pepto, it's too *dusted* to be bubble gum, and if you picked this color for your baby's bedroom then lucky you because you've got a damn stylish baby. We are so so so happy with it. If you wanna replicate it, the color is Sherwin Williams "mellow coral" - we got it in a flat matte finish instead of gloss as an extra precaution against that pepto fear. The non-glossy paint color also helped better conceal the weird popcorn texture of the walls whereas the previous glossy blue paint actually highlighted it. 

While we're still in the process of moving stuff around, we've got it mostly in place and have listed a few our favorite items from the room below!

Also - here's a few snaps of when it was a navy blue dungeon!

We came across this heathered red dining bench in "cayenne" from west elm and fell in love. They don't carry the exact bench anymore, but they've got a settee in the same style that we're really digging. The red color compliments the pink so well, and we can move it to be at the table whenever we have guests over. It's perfectly firm and sturdy, and we've added a fluffy throw to add some comfort when it's being used as a reading bench. We threw a color block pillow on top to add an extra pop of color. 

We've had the terrace bar cart for a while and really loved how the gold color popped against the pink walls - it for sure influenced us when picking out everything from flatware to our chandelier, which you can read more about below!

We're kinda living for the snake plant trend going on right now - we threw ours in a wicker basket and think it adds the perfect level of texture to the corner. Also - notice the photo of our little pink house framed up there! Our friend Matt stayed with us for a few days and surprised us with this photo he sent basically overnight.

We found a couple of those white Eiffel chairs for MEGA cheap - like $50 a piece - and they are perfect. We spent a good bit of time searching for a rug on eBay and settled on an over-sized kilim rug (9' x 12'). We chose this rug because of its neutral colors, hoping to add a bit of pattern without clashing against the pink. The golden frames were a last minute decision - we got a few from our friend Dabito and thought the gold color would go well on the walls just as they are. Hanging only the frames also keeps things cheap, which, like, you know we are ALL about. Also, pssst, Lowes has hanging shelves like the one in this photo for like $20 and they are SO easy to install!

This little desert canyon pillow was a fun treat to find and helps layer some varying shades of pink into the room. We also purchased the blue version of the pillow and keep it in our living room. Finally, we got this over-sized mobile chandelier to draw attention up towards the ceiling. We've got centuries-old 16' ceilings made of natural wood, so we thought it would be best to find something to bring the eyes up there. We're obsessed with it's size and it's pretty much been the first thing everyone notices once they enter the room, maybe other than the pink!

Yaaaay thanks for stopping by to see the makeover, let us know what you think! If you haven't entered our monthly giveaway subscriber list, get on it! This coming month we've got some amazing giveaways going on in lighting and our first travel giveaway!