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Red booth dining table

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Dining room


Round dining table

Dear AT,. I am buying an apartment and am planning to replace the floors. The apartment is on the 2nd floor and faces north, which means it gets average sunlight. I love dark hardwood floors, but am worried that putting them in will make the room look smaller. I'm planning on painting the walls either a slate gray or light taupe, so hopefully the walls will open the room up? I've attached a photos of one of my flooring options.

Living room

My floor plan is pretty straightforward because our dining room is a basic rectangle and the room is quite empty right now. I used the floor plan to get a sense of what size rug to buy and where a hutch or bookshelf might work best. If you didn't see my 'Before' pics from Monday's post, this is a shot of what the room looks like now - pretty barren. To make a floor plan of how I'd like the room to look post-redo, I found a very user-friendly app called House Design. Rug size: Originally I thought a 5 x 7 was a possibility but that was way off. The current plans show the dining room with a 7 x 11 sized rug, which looks like it will work nicely. The only downside is that 7 x 11 rugs are always SO much more expensive, but I'm pretty good at scouting obscure places and digging for sales, so hopefully there's a big, lonely marked-down rug out there that needs a home. We definitely need another piece of accent furniture in the room, and a shelf will serve a functional and decorative purpose. Seeing it on the floor plan helped clarify the best placement, and was also helpful in thinking about shelf dimensions. I'd like to have a couple proper extra chairs in the room, and I think if they're hip they would look nice flanking the radiator. Overall, the floor plan is getting me excited about visualizing a warm, inviting dining room.

Dining room


Kitchen and dining room wallpaper


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Dining room - Nasciturus design -

Oh mang! When we were little we never had a TV in our room, let alone a whole kids loft media room! Featured on Design*Sponge, this kid's loft is found in the home of Rosy Levy. She designed the room so that the TV, on a swivel arm, can swing out for easy viewing from the kid's deskor can be watched from the king size futon. 'We set up a king upholstered mattress to lounge, play Xbox and have kids sleep over,' Levy tells Design*Sponge. 'They don't have desks in their bedrooms, which are meant only for sleeping.' Instead, Levy made a little home office for her kids with Eames soft management desk chairs from Corporate Design Choice, along with millwork done locally, leather drawer pulls from York Studio, and a corkboard covered with a raffia material.

Dining room with wallpaper

They embrace the idea that less is more, and most appreciate design that is clean, pure and simple in form. Help Dad grab the brass ring with the Crescent Brass Bottle Opener from The Future Perfect. Akita Desktop Accessories from Plant & Moss are perfect for today's concrete jungle. Handcrafted and simply luxurious, the Leather Laptop Cover in Tan with Brass Button from OEN is 100% leather. The unique design of the World Time Clock by Charlotte van der Waals from Amazon displays the time for all 24 time zones. 78.7.A master of minimal design, the Picnic Time X-Grill from looks as good cooking as it does being carried. The Barcelona Bird Feeder By Monique Engelund is inspired by the work of a minimalist master.

Dining room with white furniture


Dining room with waterfall crystal lamp


Family dining room

The wall of storage is a dream of ours - to one day have everything tucked away in one place, hidden behind closed doors. We haven't yet done it in our own home, but we've seen some excellent examples on AT. Click below to see walls lined with cabinets, bookshelves, and other storage systems.

Glass table with dark walls dining room

We're awestruck by the modern and minimal renovation of an iconic mid-century Rummer home in Portland, Oregon. Those of us who want to capture runoff and have an attractive yard will be thrilled by Stephanie's discovery of a well-designed alternative to the typical ugly and space-wasting rain barrel. We also ask you to join us in welcoming three new bloggers-Trent, Rachel, and Amber-to the Re-nest team. Our theme this month is escapes: Rachel's got a post on finding green destinations; Trent suggests bicycle touring; and Amber's got more than a few good ideas for escaping the heat of summer if you can't get out of town. Stephanie finds the rainwater hog a narrow, more attractive alternative to the typical rainbarrel: a perfect for tight urban lots. Trent's got links to bike tour companies and resources to plan your own zero-carbon getaway. Amber, who is blogging from Texas, suggests Agua Fresca for cool refreshment... and has a few more ideas for enjoying summer when it's just too hot to spend time outside. Rachel suggests using the Green Maps System to find green destinations near and far.

Modern dining room with black table

Not even the dodgy electrics, lack of central heating and pre-1970s decor could put us off - some hard work was a fair pay off for the welcome that we felt from the house, plus its stunning view. After getting the keys, we spent ten months renovating the house from top to bottom - there's not a surface that we didn't touch nor a wall that we're not intimately acquainted with! The house is a three bedroom 1930s mid terrace in Brislington, a suburb in the south of Bristol. The house hadn't been touched in years, so there was a lot of work to do. We mostly kept the original layout, but one big structural alteration was knocking through the kitchen and dining room to make one big room that spans the back of the house. This involved knocking down the existing coal house, designing the balcony, getting planning consent for it, and then actually finding a company who could construct it for us - the latter was probably the hardest part of the process! It was all worth it though and the balcony space is a wonderful addition to the house, particularly in summer. My favourite part of the house is the kitchen diner - I love having a sociable space where we can be cooking and talking to guests at the same time. My husband would agree with this, but he'd also add the wood burner - a long-held dream that was finally realized in this house! Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.

Minimalist dining room

When you think about essential kitchen appliances you think fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, espresso machine. This isn't something that you typically find in a residential kitchen but it would help to decrease the volume of garbage you throw out. Broan says that you can compress 14 average garbage bags into one compactor size bag. While you will still have to make composting and recycling part or your routine to decrease the amount of waste you produce, with a compactor, that which is going out your door will be taking up less space.

Dining room with dark wallpaper