We all have that one room in our home that is our favorite space. The heart of the home. For me, it’s my dining room/kitchen. Our dining room is where our front door is located and it’s the first room you walk into. It’s the room where I am first greeted after a long day at work. There’s nothing better than walking in the front door and seeing the faces of the people (or dog!) that you love the most!
I love my dining room not only because it’s my favorite decorated space in our house, but because of the memories that we have created here and the ones still to come. My love for the dining room/kitchen started when I was little, back home in New Haven, Indiana. One of the most challenging things about being a military wife is being so far from home and the people I love the most. When I think of home my mind is flooded with all of the amazing and happy memories that were created there, but some of my absolute favorite are of those around the dining room/kitchen table. The memories created in those spaces are priceless. Memories of holidays, my Mom slaving in the kitchen making our favorite meals (the ones that only Mom can make!), the endless games of Yahtzee and Uno, and the conversation and laughter that we shared. It’s a place where family and friends come together to have a meal and share what’s going on in their lives. The best and sometimes most memorable conversations are had around the table. This is where it all began for me.
My parent’s kitchen and dining room.
I also chose my kitchen. The kitchen and dining room go together for me. I love cooking for people. It’s my love language. I love having our friends over, sharing a glass of wine in the kitchen, and catching up on our day while I cook us dinner. Sunday night dinners are my favorite. I love coming home after church, putting on my comfy Sunday clothes and cooking a homemade meal for my husband. Cooking is my therapy! And wine, of course!
To me, the table setting is almost as important as the food when I’m hosting dinner. I like to set the mood for the meal by creating a beautiful tablescape. I love switching up my table decor! I always change it up for the holidays/seasons, but this is my every day set up (for now.)
I LOVE my farmhouse table from World Market. I got it about 4 years ago and I’m so happy I purchased it! I bought the bench with the table but added the white and wicker chairs care of IKEA. When I bought the table they had a cushion for the bench but I decided to wait and purchase it later. Well, of course, they no longer sell it. So, I came across a tutorial on how to make your own and last weekend I made one! It was really simple and I like the idea that I can just remove the fabric and switch it out whenever I want!
This is the tutorial I followed to make my cushion.
I chose to do a gallery wall in the dining room so that when you walk in it is the first thing you see (other than the table!) I love gallery walls! They’re great for a large wall where you want to make a statement. The great thing about a gallery wall is that anything goes! I started mine with a few items I had laying around the house and just built it around that!
I love my bench and shelf combo that I got c/o Kohls. It’s a practical piece where we can hang our coat and store things like hats, gloves, car keys, sunglasses, etc. But I also love that I am able to use it as a decor piece as well. I love pieces that are pretty and practical.
My buffet is also from IKEA. If you’ve never been to IKEA you need to check it out ASAP! It’s one of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive furniture pieces! The buffet is great because it offers so much storage space. I am able to store my crockpots, party supplies and extra table settings. Anytime you are able to get a piece that has a lot of extra storage, get it! I purchased the mirror from an Amish store in Lancaster, PA. My other favorite place!! I am obsessed with the Amish and their craftsmanship! They make amazing pieces that stand the test of time. I like adding mirrors to a space, especially smaller spaces because it gives the illusion of making it feel bigger than it really is (and it’s nice to be able to check yourself out before you head out the door!)
I also changed out our light fixture that was originally in this room when we moved in. I saw this tutorial on Pinterest and had my uncle install it for me! I love the drum shade also from IKEA! It’s an easy swap that can make a big difference in the look of your space. It’s also very simple to switch it back to the original once we move.
What is your favorite room in your home? Is it your family room where you all pile on the couch, watching movies and spend quality family time? Maybe it’s your bedroom where you go after a long day to relax and catch up on some much needed DVR time? Whatever room comes to mind make sure you’re spending the time you need there with the people you love the most! Love builds a happy home!
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Kristin. Army wife, midwestern-er, hairstylist, lover of all things decor! I am currently residing in Maryland with my husband and loyal canine companion, Oscar. We have lived here for 8 years, which in Army time is basically forever. I have worked full time as a hairstylist for the past 10 years but spend any and all extra time trying to make our base housing feel like a home! For all the military wives out there, you know, the struggle is real.
My love for decorating started when we were first stationed in Maryland. Our wedding gift from my parents was to furnish our first home together…Willow Leaf Lane. I was amazed how much a little paint and a million trips to Home Goods could make! (Oh, did I tell you we have 3 Home Goods just in the immediate area?! SCORE!) After a few years in that house we decided to try living in base housing. 6 years later we’re still here! I dream about the day we have our “forever home” and I can do all the modifications I want! But until then, I will work with the white walls I was given.