Lately I’ve been really struggling with the aesthetic of our dining room and living room. I feel like it doesn’t flow very well together, there’s something just not quite right about the space. However, I can’t put my finger on what that is exactly.
I believe the dining room and living room were two separate spaces when our home was originally built, but at some point the walls between them were taken down, creating one long, narrow, open-concept space. I think this is part of the problem. It is difficult to create a cohesive feeling between the two spaces, yet still retain their individual purposes.
If you’ve been following our blog over the past year and a half, you will know that we have slowly been renovating and redecorating our house room by room. My goal is to create a home that is inviting and livable for our family. I want to be able to walk into every room in our house and be completely in love with it. I am a firm believer in filling your home with only the things that you love and that bring you happiness. And this takes time, often years to achieve.
As always, when I’m working on a new space I like to start with an inspiration board. I pull together items that I love and want to incorporate into the space. It is a great way to ensure I am working towards a cohesive space, and it keep me focused when it’s time to start purchasing pieces for the room.
I’m not starting from scratch with these two rooms. Realistically, most people can’t toss out all of their current furniture, art and electronics and start fresh when renovating and redecorating. It can sometimes be struggle to incorporate existing pieces into a new design, but it definitely makes you stretch your imagination and creativity. So that being said, I have designed this inspiration board with many of our current pieces in mind.
I want to create a space that evokes that ever so popular modern farmhouse feel. I love blending rustic and modern pieces together to create that mix of relaxed and refined.
Today I’m going to share the inspiration board I created for the dining room, and next week I’ll be sharing our living room.
I’m not going to go into many details about my plans for these two spaces, because to be truthful, I’m not one hundred percent sure myself. I want to be open to different ideas with this space. I have my colour palette decided on and I’m dreaming of greys, creams and navy. I think this is a timeless and classic colour combo, and it’s neutral enough that I can incorporate seasonal accent colours throughout the year. We will be painting the walls and re-arranging furniture, but other than that I am keeping an open mind and being flexible as the design evolves as I go.