The dining room ended up being one of my favorite spaces in our rental home. I have always loved the idea of formal dining rooms (I know, I am not your typical House Hunter ha!) but, because the large dining room was one of only 6 rooms, we needed it to function as more than just an eating area. We managed to fit dining, office, and sewing/crafts all, comfortably, into the one room. These tend to be things we end up doing somewhat simultaneously, anyway. I’m sure all of you parents can relate to meal time (you know, when littles are strapped into high chairs or stuffing their faces?!) being one of the few times you can actually accomplish a small project or administrative task without anyone finding the few things in your home that are not childproofed. (Please tell me your toddlers seem to have a death wish too and I am not alone in this?!) After enjoying this multipurpose eating area, I honestly can’t imagine having an entire room solely devoted to dining again! This old house-loving, room division-desiring mama was finally seeing the appeal of open concept living. I think my husband may or may not want to insert praise hands. Ha! Continue reading to check out the pieces that brought this space together and made it work for our family!
Our farmhouse style table was donated to us after the house fire, but I have found a similar one here. I loved how it added to the light and airy look of this room. I have dreams of refinishing it at some point in the future (wink, wink!)
I purchased these curtains from Target on a whim. I am seriously basic when it comes to my curtain selection and get anxiety at the thought of a patterned curtain. It is a problem. When we moved in, I had big plans to paint this room but those fizzled quickly. It’s amazing the things that you think you can accomplish with a toddler and a colicky baby underfoot. Let me help you out; they are figments of your imagination. You are lucky to keep said toddler and baby alive with as little sleep as you get! Ha! These curtains tied everything together for me. My eyes were no longer drawn to the things about the room that I could not change. Instead they went straight to the light that flowed into the room, framed by these lovely curtains. Is there anything that you have been itching to take a chance on in the realm of home decor? My advice, DO IT!!!
All of the little details in this corner are, of course, from Target. Can I say addicted?! I mean I was already sold on Target and then they had to come out with a line of gold office supplies. They are speaking my love language. You will catch them later in the photos but I had to have the gold stapler, scissors, tape dispenser, and filing system. Our world map cork board (link is similar) covers up a cheesy wall decal that we weren’t at liberty to remove. The joys of renting!
I know that this printer is not literally beautiful, but let me tell you it is a thing of beauty. It connects wirelessly to all of your devices and it was so simple to print to this central location in our house. This printer is extremely reliable (I feel like I remember a day not too long ago where I had to watch over the printer to make sure it was doing its thing right, am I getting old?!) so we didn’t have to move until we were ready to collect the item we printed. What a convenience to be able to print something when I think of it from whatever room in the house and collect it later! I don’t know about your house but in ours, if we don’t do something when we think of it sometimes it doesn’t happen.
Remember earlier when I mentioned strapping children in high chairs? With our first, we had a traditional wooden high chair. Though they are beautiful, it lacked the practicality of this portable, space saving high chair. We could easily detach it from the chair to take it outdoors or to set it up for a “picnic” in the living room with big brother. It was certainly a lifesaver!
Our rented space also lacked adequate lighting, so the floor lamp pictured above was the perfect addition to this room! I love the farmhouse design of these with a somewhat modern shade. That is basically my home decor style in a nutshell! Haha!
This little desk was also gifted to us after the fire, I have found a desk that is similar in size here. I can’t say that I love it as a workspace (too small for me!) but, with the dining table close by it was a great landing spot for my Day Designer planner (link is similar), bills/receipts, office supplies, and a few of the boys activities. This Threshold Desktop Storage Unit fit the boys Do A Dot Art! markers, my current Bible study and my paper clipboard (link is similar.)
Have you ever looked into buying a nice looking filing cabinet? Let me tell you, they are pricey! I loved this option from target and purchase gray folders in bulk on Amazon. It looks like Target no longer carries these wooden file boxes but they have a woven file box that looks like a great option. The ombre wire basket is a Home Goods find but I found similar patterned baskets here. Having all of my extra fabric in something that allows it to be visible is incentive to use it! I need all the incentive I can get! Ha!
This Bluetooth Speaker travels from room to room with us. It is amazing the quality of sound that comes from this little guy. We love listening to our church’s worship playlists on Spotify (it helps this mama stay sane, be productive and not lose her patience quite as much!) It is so easy to bring this little Bluetooth speaker around to whatever room we are in and continue our little worship sesh (or drowning out the noise, however you want to look at it.)
Oh, my word! Having a dedicated space for my sewing and crafts was life-changing! That may sound a bit dramatic (who, me?!) but, I would bet that I got more use out of my sewing machine in the past year than in the 5 years that I have owned it! Though the dining room table still got used for measuring and cutting out fabric (with this handy cutting board) my hubby appreciated that they didn’t have to live there for days at a time. I felt so much more motivated to start projects because I didn’t have to gather all my supplies from various places in the house. I’m sure in reality that never took much time in comparison to the project itself but in my mind it was too much to start! Ha!
The Ikea Alex drawers in the corner were perfect for storing crafts, sewing accessories, kids activities! On top of the Alex drawers, these magazine holders from Target kept our subscriptions to Consumer Reports and This Old House nice and tidy. I found the dress form at a local antique mall. It is a pretty close match for my size and shape. I have not ventured much into the area of sewing clothes, so currently she is just for decoration.
The lamp was another Home Goods find but I have found a similar style here. The mason jar desk organizer can still be found at Target along with the gold scissors. They were not my dedicated sewing scissors but they are definitely sharp enough that they would work well with fabric.
My sweet grandmother helped me pick out and purchase this sewing machine for my 23rd birthday. I don’t have much experience with other sewing machines so I couldn’t tell you how it compares but I love this one!
How gorgeous is this large window ledge?! This is why I LOVE old houses! The oversized ledge ended up being the perfect place to store and display some of my favorite serving pieces, a globe (of course!), a crate full of yarn and some of my home organization binders.
I believe that this wooden crate was another Home Goods find. If you have a Home Goods near you, keep your eye out for these distressed crates. Their prices are usually less than unfinished ones that you can find elsewhere. This crate is impressively sturdy and actually spent a time as a storage place for some of the kids’ toys.
These mini binders are a product of Targets dollar section. It gets me. every. time.
We purchased our storage bench from Target but it seems to be discontinued. Click here to see a similar option that looks as if it would be more comfortable, while still being easy to clean! (Boo for mine being dirty in this picture! Haha!) We used this for more of Greyson’s games/activities and to organize some toys on our main floor.
I hope that you enjoyed touring the dining room of our rented space! Has there been anything that you had to do while renting and ended up loving? Please let me know in the comments!
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