The dining room came together from the ground up -- I started with an oversize Moroccan tiled rug from Joss and Main, my go-to source for large area rugs at a reasonable price. It’s 8’x10’ and high pile – I’m a very tactile person and LOVE soft fluffy rugs. Since I went with a more fun and modern rug, I opted for a more traditional dining room table that would still be cohesive with a modern vibe. The dining room table is from Arhaus. I love it because the leaves are stored within the table and it is super easy to expand the table length (just lift and pull!).
The chairs are from Ikea and match the bar stools (which are just beyond these photos at our kitchen island).
Designer tip: I wanted to incorporate two different colors for added visual depth, and the chair covers are machine washable to boot!
The Arhaus buffet is a companion peace to the dining table, and has fold out leaves to make a larger bar area. The center cabinet is designed specifically for wine storage, so this is a full-fledged bar area in disguise.
I wanted to have a large gallery wall rather than a single large piece. I have to admit, I have trouble committing to wall art, so I had this design laid out on the floor just in front of this wall for a solid month before I finally decided to hang them up! I actually used a cereal box to standardize the space between items. Although I clearly didn’t take the time to straighten pieces before taking this picture… oops!
What kind of art belongs in a kitchen? Food photography of course. These are actually by a local photographer found at Raleigh's Artsplosure.
Nothing is more individual than getting your own DNA turned into art. I love this because it’s a novelty piece – visitors always ask me about this one! You make your purchase, the company DNA11 sends you a cheek swab, and they send you the product with your DNA. You can include up to four individual DNA samples, as well as select your colors and framing options. They also make fingerprint or kiss portraits.