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Fall Takeaway: 5 Designer Secrets for {another} Cozy Dining Room

by | Oct 3, 2013 | Decorating Inspiration, Dining Rooms, Fall Decorating, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining

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Fall Takeaway: 5 Designer Secrets for {another} Cozy Dining Room
Fall Takeaway: 5 Designer Secrets for {another} Cozy Dining Room

Dining Room Design Caitlin Creer  Millhaven Homes & Alice Lane Home Collection Photography Hiyapapaya

This time of year I start thinking a lot more about my dining room and how to make it prettier and more welcoming for our family and guests. I may or may not have few changes in mind already — more to come on THAT soon! :-).

I know many people don’t even use their dining room (or it gets used as an office or craft space) but I really do want to use our dining room to EAT! Since we don’t have a table in our kitchen, our dining room is it!

If a dining room was cozy enough (like the one pictured above) why wouldn’t you want to use it? I would! I love finding a great dining space like this one to inspire me! Today I thought we’d revisit our Fall take away “designer secrets” series and see what five things I loved about this lovely space designed by Caitlin Creer!

What makes this room cozy? 

1) The fireplace.

Need I say more?

2) The wallpaper.

The textured paper on that one accent wall totally makes the room for me! I tried to visualize the wall without it and while it would still be pretty, it just wouldn’t be as cozy. I love the color too — very serene and calming!

3) The wood.

Adding wood accents is always a great way to warm a room up.  Repeating it on the floors, beams and the mantel really helps envelope the space. And notice that lovely chandelier is also trimmed with wood! Even with all the wood, the room still feels fresh with the mix of white and coastal touches.

4) The rustic table.

In the dining room we looked at last time, the table was more formal but the room still felt comfortable. In this space, the rustic table really invites you to relax and “stay awhile.”

5) The chairs.

I love the mix of chairs! Even though they aren’t necessarily “cozy” in fabric or style, they just look inviting! The side chairs have great texture, which translates to warmth. The open lattice backs keep the small room airy and less crowded, making it a comfortable livable space.

I’d love to be invited to dinner in that room, wouldn’t you?


Fall Takeaway: 5 Designer Secrets for {another} Cozy Dining Room

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  1. Beccy

    I love this look, the rustic wooden chairs are gorgeous! Beccy

  2. Genny

    I love this dining room too! And, I like to use our dining room to eat in too – to make any night’s meal a special occasion – not just at the holidays. We don’t have a table in our kitchen either, but we have a large countertop with bar stools for seating for five. Life’s too short to not make every day special!

  3. Tanya

    I love everything about this dining room! We eat in our every meal time because we don’t have any other table. It would be nice to have it look anywear close to this :)

  4. Melinda @ love melinda

    I love cozy dining areas. This one especially with the subtle colors. I bought chairs for dining room table that would be really comfortable to hang out on. We spend way more time at our dining table than we do on our couch!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I love that, Melinda! I think that is a great jumping off point question for designing a dining room. Would you want to spend a lot of time there? I’m definitely contemplating those kinds of questions and options for our dining room right now!

  5. Julie

    Lovely room, however it is very narrow. With the chairs pulled out, the fireplace would singe your hair!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yeah, we don’t always have perfectly shaped rooms. But I would love to dine with candles in the fireplace!

  6. Nikki Thomas

    This dining room has a cozy romantic feel. I can imagine it at night with the fireplace. We have an eight chair dining table and we use half of it every night. The other half is my second office space. I’m working on changing that expecially since the holidays are coming.

  7. Rachael Sedory

    I love the table and I love love love the upholstered chairs at the heads of the table. So cozy!

  8. Shirley

    I do love this dining room. You don’t see fireplaces in dining rooms very often, but it looks lovely in this setting. Opposite those huge french doors and windows, is magnificent. I adore mismatched chairs, but have not yet been brave enough to try it in my own home. Lovely setting tho’.


  9. Jayme

    Yep! Those walls are fab!! Grasscloth makes any room instantly luxurious. I’m loving that wall art, too!

  10. Carol Bray

    No one even mentioned the rug, but I think it makes this room work so beautifully!


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