Hey there! How are you guys doing right now? Things out there are crazy and I’ve been trying to move past it and live my life, but boy are there changes happening every day. But, this post isn’t about that. This post is about returning to normal and thinking about everyday things!
I’m participating in something super fun today, that I’ve never done before — a spring home tour with lots of other lovely ladies. If you’re new to Land of Laurel: welcome, and come dive in!
My dining room has been constantly evolving since I first bought my home. It’s been through a journey, y’all. You can check out some of its past lives here in this post from when the room was painted. The problem with this room, is it’s trying to be a lot of different things at once and furniture from other spaces gets kicked out and abandoned in here.
As a single woman, I really only use this room when I’m hosting people. Otherwise, I eat most of my meals on the go or on the couch with a good book! But, when I decided to style this room up for spring, I knew I wanted to give it more of a thorough refresh as well.
I’ve been hunting for a good sideboard to help ground this room and I finally found one! It replaced my old secretary turned bar cabinet and feels so appropriate for this space.
As for the table, the first thing I have to admit is: I never style my table. Eeek! Most of the time I host people, I make a big graze spread and have it on the table, so rarely is it even set. On the occasions I do host a sit down meal, we generally just use my everyday dishes and make our plates in the kitchen. I’m a casual type of girl. So most of the time, plopping a vase with greenery or flowers from my garden is about as dressed as the table gets.
In my mind though, here’s a lot of elegance in this type of simplicity. A meal could still happen around this table. Or the vase could be shoved aside for a game night. Or I can sit at this table and open my laptop and work from home (because aren’t we all right now?).
I couldn’t stop there for the spring home tour though! As lovely as this simple look is, it’s not really a tablescape. Why not play around a little?
I live in Portland, OR and things are just beginning to bloom here. Or at least they were before I started this staycation that is #coronavirus. There isn’t a ton coming up in the yard yet, so I decided to craft a spring table from something else: thrifted finds!
My cousin Kelly was in town and she, my sister Bronwyn, and I all headed to Goodwill to see what we could find. It ended up being quite the haul! I spent $82, which is definitely the most I’ve ever spent at Goodwill, but I got way more than I would have imagined. You’ve seen some of these finds if you follow me on instagram.
Now realistically, I’d be much more likely to stack tableware on my new credenza and leave it prepped there for a gathering. So that’s how I started out styling my space.
I wanted to imagine how I’d style the table for a spring gathering even more though, so I amped up my game and begin to toy around with my things until I landed with this below! The finishing touch of a sweet sprig of rosemary tied with twine feels spring-y, while also nodding to my favorite herb (I snip it from my garden all year long!). I love this simple linen table cloth (it’s from Target!), because it doesn’t have to be ironed and just epitomizes the casual spring feeling in the air to me.
What are you doing to celebrate spring these next few weeks? Are you excited for the good weather? For me, this time of year is rejuvenating and I want to spend as much time as possible outside, soaking up some vitamin D. With social isolation being a primary focus for me right now, I’m ready to get back to digging in the dirt of my garden and prepping for new plantings (or — depending on how things go — maybe just transplanting a lot of the larger plants around…). I have foster puppies right now and they’ve been taking up most of my free time, or I’d already be out with my hands in the soil!
Side note: if you need a break from everything that’s going on, head to my instastories to see lots of puppy shenanigans. These three 8 week old Great Pyrenees head back to the humane society this Friday and I will be sad to see them go, but I’ve added all my videos to my insta highlights!
Back to our regularly scheduled programming though: can we just talk about the layered colors in this shot? My dining room is dark and moody, which is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. At night, especially with candlelight, this whole room glows though. The dark color makes lighter tones pop and it makes me so pleased.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers on this Spring Home Tour! There are so many beautiful spaces to inspire you to cheer up your own home – even if it’s just with greens from your own garden!
20 thoughts on “Spring Home Tour: Dining Room Styling and Updates”
You found so many fun things at Goodwill, Laurel! I love how you styled them on your sideboard. It’s stunning. And the eucalyptus in ironstone is such a pretty way to welcome spring into your home! Hugs, CoCo
Awww thanks! It’s a fun simple way to style and I just can’t quit a good thrifted find! Hope you have a happy spring!
Oh my word, Laurel–that sideboard is an absolute stunner! Wow what a find!! I also love the simplicity of your tablescape–it’s elegant without being overwhelming. Definitely my preference!
And can I just tell you how much I love the fact that you thrifted so many of those fantastic treasures?! Hey, Portland is only a short drive away…let’s go thrifting together one of these days, my friend! xo, Kristi
Oh Kristi, you are so sweet! Thanks your your kind words. And yes – we should meet up for a thrifting day!
It’s nice to meet you on the hop – I’m in the porch category.
Your dining room sounds like mine. I’m reading blogs on my laptop on a corner of the window seat. The pitcher of flowers is pushed off to the side. Later today everything will be removed while I paint a sign and yesterday it was. sewing table.
I love the simplicity of the white pitcher and the eucalyptus.
Aww I love that your dining room is super multipurpose too! It’s so good to have a place in your home for any type of activity!
Laurel, I love it all! Your sideboard has me all agog and can I just say, that I love your photography style as well. Beautiful!
It’s so much fun to see the little touches you make that change the space so much!
Hey, Laurel… so happy to meet you through touring together. I, too, am a single lady (single-again for the last 23 years). I totally understand eating on the go or on the sofa! 😉 Your furniture pieces are lovely, and your just can’t beat eucalyptus (or Lamb’s Ear) in a white pitcher! Pinned! (Feel free to link up your post at Tuesday Turn About… you can see it at myweeabode.com)
I just love eucalyptus for spring! Such a gorgeous space you have!
I so enjoyed your spring dining room tour! The eucalyptus in the ironstone pitcher and the sideboard are my favorites! So fun to be on the tour with you!
You did a beautiful job on your dining room!!!
Oh my goodness the moody colors and vintage pieces – LOVE everything about it! And the puppies! ❤
I hardly every style my table either! Usually when we host we just but everything on the counter for people to dish themselves up. I guess I’m not very fancy. I love the rosemary tied with twine. You did a fantastic job!
We are very casual in our home and hardly ever set the table when company comes. We make people dish up at the island. You did a fantastic job, I love the simplicity. And those puppies, though!
I love all of your antique pieces and how well your pitcher pops with the dark walls. It is all beautiful. And those puppies are adorable!!!
Love all those goodies from Goodwill! I love the simplicity of the vase and the greenery too! Happy Spring!
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How do I modernize my dining room?
As you can tell, I love white ceramic bunnies and I’ve collected quite a few of them over the years.