One Room at a Time-Dining Room Edition

If you’ve been reading here a while, then you know our family of five moved a couple neighborhoods over this summer and we’ve been slowly doing what we can to update our new home.  We love love love it!  But it was built in 1998 so the ivy wallpaper was screaming at me!

We’ve done several things so far, but we FINALLY have a complete room finished.  I thought it’d be fun to share “One Room at a Time” as soon as an entire room is complete.

We started in the dining room because it’s one of the first rooms you see when you enter the house.  This was it in all it’s ivy glory right before we bought it….
I loved the character of the trim work, the hardwood floors, and the natural light that comes through the French doors.  For this room, I really wanted it to be simply elegant. We are not fancy people at all, but because it’s a dining room I wanted the room to be a touch elegant.  I also wanted to incorporate a little more “modern” into this room.  That usually isn’t my jam, but in a simply elegant dining room I thought it fit the bill.  Okay, here’s the big reveal.  

Drum roll please….

What do you think??  The chandelier made some sparkly designs on the pictures so just ignore those.  🙂  We kept the table and buffet from our old house, but we got new chairs.  We replaced the light fixture, took down the wallpaper, and painted.  We spruced it up with some new decor.

 Rug:  Lowe’s (was in our old house)
End Chairs:  Weir’s Furniture
Patterned Chairs:  Home Goods
Candlesticks:  Z Gallerie
Vase and Flowers:  Z Gallerie
Chandelier:  Z Gallerie
Canvases:  Easy Canvas Prints  (Photo Cred-Narci)

Those canvases could not depict their personalities more if we tried!  I LOVE the black/white with the grey/blue walls.

Lamp:  I.O. Metro
White Sphere:  Home Goods
Tall Candlestick:  Z Gallerie
Small Lamp:  Home Goods
White Vase:  Z Gallerie
Deer Head:  Z Gallerie

 My mother-in-law got this deer head several years ago and I just couldn’t understand why.  But her deer has grown on me so much that I headed to the store in search of one just like hers.  🙂

The next project on our list is replacing the doors.  The front door has got to go!  I called yesterday about changing out those French doors that lead to NOWHERE into a big pretty window as well.  I’m working on it, but if that happens then we’ll add some plantation shutters and call it a day.

We still have MANY MANY things on our “To-Do House List”, but let me tell you-it feels GREAT to get one big room checked off the list.  Well-except that replacing the door with a window thing.  I still have to work on that.  🙂

 Hope you guys enjoyed the Dining Room tour!!  I can’t wait to get another room complete and share it with you!

Happy Thursday, Friends!  XOXO

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  1. 2.11.16
    The Mommy said:

    Looks amazing! What is the paint color?

    • 2.11.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Let me check…

  2. 2.11.16
    Elizabeth said:

    It's amazing!! I wish I had the vision to completely change a room like that!

  3. 2.11.16
    Anonymous said:

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I love this room so much!! Great work, mama!!

  4. 2.11.16
    Sandy said:

    It looks great! Love the large canvases on the wall!

  5. 2.11.16
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Erika! Looks beautiful! That paint color is perfect!

  6. 2.11.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    WOW! It looks AMAZING! The paint, the furniture, the accents…LOVE IT ALL! But oh my word, those canvases! They really do capture each child perfectly!

  7. 2.11.16
    Julie C. said:

    It's beautiful!!! I LOOOVE the light fixture & the paint color!!! Great work!! 🙂

  8. 2.11.16
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    Erika, this room is gorgeous! Your light fixture is such a statement maker–I can't rave enough about it! I love it!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  9. 2.11.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh my goodness! Since I've watched it transform over time, I'd forgotten where it started…girl, it's amazing! I forgot how ivory and gold it really was! Wow! It's stunning!!!

  10. 2.11.16
    Anonymous said:


  11. 2.11.16
    Sara Lynn said:

    I love it, looks great!

  12. 2.11.16
    Kimm said:

    Looks great

  13. 2.11.16
    Deena @Shoes to Shiraz said:

    Love the colour scheme!

  14. 2.11.16
    Kathy Olson said:

    Very glamorous and elegant!
    I love the photos of your kids.
    You knocked it out of the park – I love it!

  15. 2.11.16
    Paula said:


  16. 2.11.16
    Kate L. said:

    Looks gorgeous! That chandelier is EVERYTHING.

  17. 2.11.16
    Unknown said:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE IT!! Cant wait to see more.
    Love. Your. Style!

  18. 2.11.16
    Red, White & Sass said:

    LOVEEEEE!! We just bought a house in July and are slowly trying to decide what upgrades we want to do. Starting with a complete gut of the first floor. HA. Can't wait to see what else ya'll are doing with your home.

  19. 2.11.16
    Dream Home Diaries said:

    It looks great!! I love the mirror in your entryway, too!

  20. 2.11.16
    Anonymous said:

    OMG!! Would you please come decorate my house!? LOVE your dining room…. Would you mind sharing the paint color and what size are your canvas's prints? :))

  21. 2.11.16
    Shana said:

    It looks simply amazing!…. Very modern and elegant!

  22. 2.11.16
    Mandy said:

    Looks fantastic! I have such a hard time making decisions on the details that bring a room together and admire anyone who does it well. Especially love the light fixture!

  23. 2.11.16
    Kelli said:

    The room looks great! I love the paint color with the white trim.

  24. 2.11.16
    Melanie Smith said:

    This is right up my alley! SOOOO pretty!

  25. 2.11.16
    Kristen said:

    Beautiful! It doesn't even look like the same room!

  26. 2.11.16
    Angela Ellingson said:

    Beautifully done! I've always wanted a dining room with that tall wood board trim. I cannot for the life of me think of what that's called! Anyone?! 🙂

  27. 2.11.16
    Emily F said:

    Beautiful! It doesn't even look like the same room!! I'm in the middle of redoing my dining room and I am stuck!! I'm searching for inspiration!

  28. 2.11.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    This is gorgeous and those chairs are simply amazing! I know it feels fantastic to have one room done and out of the way. We moved in our house six years ago and we just finished up decorating the last room this past year. As a matter of fact, I'm doing a Home Tour Tuesday series on my blog as we speak! Love it all and I can't wait to see the rest!

  29. 2.11.16
    Courtney@PancakesandSparkles said:

    Love love love the colour of your walls! Cannot find any paint colour I like at the moment and this one is screaming at me! And that light fixture yes please. Love what you have done with the space.

  30. 2.11.16
    jyack08 said:

    Gorgeous!! Did you refinish your floors?!

    • 2.11.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes! I forgot to add that! We added hardwoods and refinished the old ones as soon as we moved in. It's just a bit darker.

  31. 2.11.16
    Megan said:

    Looks amazing!!! Love the wall color and all the white pops!! Plus that chandelier is fabulous!!!

  32. 2.11.16
    kelly said:

    What a transformation! !! I just love this!!! Thank you for sharing!

  33. 2.11.16
    Tracy said:

    Beautiful! I'm not a (real) deer head kinda girl but I love the white deer head! I don't have anyplace in my house for one though. I'm glad you mentioned the french doors — they confused me! LOL! A big window would look great there! Can't wait to see the rest of your house when it's finished. I'm sure it'll be gorgeous!

  34. 2.11.16
    live compassionately said:

    It looks fantastic! You guys did a great job!

  35. 2.11.16
    Rose said:

    Perhaps, if you don't want to make the investment in changing out the doors right now, remove the blinds and treat the French doors like large windows. Perhaps you could hang white cotton voile sheers (to let the light flow in) floor to ceiling and wall to wall on the door wall. If you aren't using the doors you don't have to worry about opening the sheets for access.

  36. 2.11.16
    Debbie said:


  37. 2.12.16
    Heaven's Roses said:

    The room looks beautiful! Love it!

  38. 2.12.16
    Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said:

    SO SO pretty….but the paint color takes the cake!! I love how it pulls the room together. Great job!!!

  39. 2.12.16
    Elise @ Her Heart and Home said:

    Yay! Love…and SOOOOO swooning over that chandelier!!!! xx

  40. 2.12.16
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    So fun! I seriously love that light and your pix. If I ever have one room completely finished I will be dancing a jig.

  41. 2.12.16
    Victoria S. said:

    I love your taste and style! That wall color is GORGEOUS! Great work! You can come do my house anytime! 🙂 And that deer head just works! I love it! 🙂

  42. 2.17.16
    Karen At Home Blog said:

    It turned out amazing!! I can not believe it's the same room. Simply beautiful, you must be so happy!

  43. 3.29.16
    Mary said:

    I'd love to know the paint color too 🙂

  44. 3.30.16
    arron said:

    Looks so great! Love this style!


  45. 5.2.16
    Shwetablog said:


  46. 8.26.16
    JTiojanco said:

    Love this room! I would LOVE to know the paint color 🙂

  47. 11.7.17
    Home Stars said:

    What a beautiful dining room. It is so elegant, I love it!
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  48. 11.14.17
    Christy said:

    What is the paint color in your formal dining? Also, what size canvas are those? LOVE LOVE LOVE