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House Reveal: How We Created a Dining Room at the Heart of Our House

A restaurant vibe, at home.
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Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

I loved the dining room in our last house, but even still, I don’t think G and I ate a single meal there, just the two of us. More often, we'd use dining table, a favorite flea market find, as a background for food photography, parties, and even our team’s office at times. But the room always felt too formal for us to consider bringing our dinner in there on a random weeknight. In contrast, G and I eat the vast majority of our dinners in our current dining room, which feels like a pretty restaurant with its vintage bistro mirror and greenery.

Our Interior Designer, Katie Hodges, designed the table and as soon as she showed me the mockup, I knew it was perfect. It feels both rustic and classic, but unique in its details. We went with chairs that feel similar to those we had in our last house (that are now outside!), and are a nod to the dining chairs my parents have always had, even down to the muted green leather covers.

Our dining room is the first room you see when you walk into our house, so it was really important to us that there be at least one element that made a statement, which is clearly the pear-glass pendant. It picks up light in such a gorgeous way that reflects off of the weathered French bistro-inspired mirror.

The room isn’t large, so I was initially surprised by how much Katie was looking to fit into it, complete with an olive tree in the corner and a rather larger vintage console that was such a gorgeous find. Yet, it all fits together perfectly like a puzzle. Of course, we have yet to throw a dinner party in here, but I can’t wait for the room to be crowded with all of our friends, telling stories and sharing food. 

Chandelier: Ochre (Similar here)
Dining Chairs: Gubi (Similar here)
Dining Table: Custom-made, by Katie Hodges Design  (Similar here)
Art: Joelle Somero
Credenza: Vintage from 1st Dibs
Mirror: Mirror Image Home
Ceramics: Galerie Provenance
Rug: Etsy (Similar here)
Window treatments: Custom curtains (Similar hardware here)
Tree: Japanese Black Olive

Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

Design: Katie Hodges Design, Photography: Haris Kenjar

As a note: These photos were staged for 'House Beautiful' (on newstands now!) so a few of the items pictured here were borrowed from Katie's personal collection (as you'll see in the "Sources") or moved around for photography—scroll down to see what it looks like today, as we use it in daily life. 

And here's what it looked like before!

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To be fair, the 'Happy Birthday' banner wasn't a permanent addition, but this gives you a good idea! (This is from Sloan's fifth birthday, a year ago!)

To be fair, the 'Happy Birthday' banner wasn't a permanent addition, but this gives you a good idea! (This is from Sloan's fifth birthday, a year ago!)

And here's what it looks like today, as well as a few additional, unstyled shots of the space:

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