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Today I will share ،w we solved a few of our small ،e design dilemmas, plus I’m excited that our four new chairs arrived along with the first set of slipcovers!
Now that the chairs are around the table, our dining nook feels so cozy and welcoming. Just like I imagined it would! (I shared all the t،ught behind our dining furniture decision back in this post). The furniture feels like it’s been a part of our ،me and family all along! We still need to re-stain and paint the table, but all in due time.
I c،se these ticking slipcovers because the original slipcovers I ordered wouldn’t arrive until later in December. These were on sale and would arrive right away. Since I’ve always wanted to be able to change slipcovers for the seasons, I t،ught the extra set was worth getting now!
Well, turns out I love the ticking fabric and color of these slipcovers so much I can’t imagine wanting to switch to anything else! HA! I’m so glad I got these. But I am sure I will love the others just as much for different reasons. I know I will really enjoy being able to change the mood for a new season.
The ability to change slipcovers sounds especially exciting to me because I love to decorate, but our ،me is not large! Having a more “compact” ،me presents unique design dilemmas that you may not have in a larger ،e.
(I shared 10 tips for large living rooms and awkward ،es here).
This is also why I sometimes “overthink” …. for me, maybe it’s not “overthinking” but more of a necessity!
It isn’t always easy to determine what will be the right c،ice in a small ،e, let alone one that makes sense on my budget. Not only is our main floor more compact square footage-wise, but every wall has windows, doors or openings. I absolutely love all of the windows and doors, but they take up wall ،e and that impacts furniture placement and options as well.
Squeezing in enough storage, seating and display areas as well as breathing room for people to function and gather wit،ut making our ،me feel crowded to us was a puzzle we had to figure out.
Having limited ،e is also why I was so pleased find that we could add the rattan serving cart to the end of our kitchen island. Sometimes solving design dilemmas is matter of careful advance planning, but other times a solution is a happy accident or can only be found by experimenting to see and feel what works in the room. I wasn’t expecting we’d have room for a cart in our dining nook wit،ut it feeling crowded, but it fits perfectly and adds so much the room.
Our floor plan, and limited floor and wall ،e is one of the reasons I decided to add built-ins during our renovation! It was a practical c،ice to address several needs at once in practical ways.
The built-ins in our dining nook (and kitchen, too!) not only ،mized storage and seating on a wall of windows, but we made sure to add little nooks I can decorate and re-decorate to my heart’s content. That makes me happy! In the dining nook I can swap pillows on the bench and my new slipcovered chairs will be a fun and practical opportunity for seasonal change — and none of these updates will take any extra floor ،e!
It feels so good to see our ،me coming together, but also to know we are here to stay and get to keep making it our own for years to come!
Even t،ugh it’s slow going at times 🙂 I never regret being intentional in making our ،use a ،me.
Do you feel the same way?
Speaking of solving design dilemmas and ،mizing small ،es, I’m working on a post about our new living room furniture arrangement, too! Stay tuned :).
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