Well this one has been a long time coming, given that next month will mark three years of living in my little LA guest house. As all homes go, everything tends to be a work-in-progress until one day you set your mind to marking it complete. So was the story with my dining room — a former home office, turned home-office-breakfast-nook hybrid, turned makeshift catch-all table, turned proper grown-up dining room. The truth is, I’ve been living on my own for seven years, and until now, I never had a proper set up for inviting friends over for dinner. Somehow I made due with convincing everyone to sit on the floor, gathered around my coffee table eating finger food, but I suppose all things have their timeline.
I worked in layers with this room, starting with a classic Moroccan rug to ground the space, a vintage enamel pendant light overhead, and framed photography from a few favorite friends, Valeda Stull and Dabito. Nestled in the corner is my rapidly growing greenery atop a mini wire table, and at the center, a custom dining table using the Utility Set from Floyd. This clever Detroit company has made table making easy with their variety of attach-and-go leg sets. I went with the classic white since the dining table is such a prominent focal point in my space, but I like some of the more colorful options for a bench or side table (see Dabito’s fun take on it here).
Lastly, I paired the rustic table with a set of modern shell chairs to achieve that mix of old and new, and voilà! I’ve already broken in the space with a night of make-your-own-spring-rolls, and am looking forward to gathering in it many more times this season. Next up: the bedroom! Stay tuned.