It’s not a secret that I have a deep love affair with Scandinavian design aesthetic and principles. I’ve found that I have been adding tenets of Scandinavian design to my home along with modern and traditional pieces of furniture and decor to create my own aesthetic. If I were to label the interior style in my home, I’d probably call it “Scandinavian Modern Traditional (in a really old house)”. The traditional is newer to the mix, but I’ve noticed that over the last few years I’ve added a lot of more traditional elements to the main level of our home including our new glass and brass coffee table, velvet pleated chairs, and much darker muted paint colors -PLUS- we can’t forget about all of the cohabiting we’ve been doing with an overwhelming amount of very classic, traditional woodwork.
It’s a delicate balance to keep it all working together, and I don’t always get it right, but I really enjoy the journey of figuring out how to bring it together and make it all work.
The latest and greatest new change to our main level came at the beginning of the new year with a dining set. Article reached out asking if I was interested in including some of their Scandinavian inspired furniture in my home. I loved where they were coming from, fresh and modern bleached oak, clean lines with rich leather textures and hints of pastels. Of course, I said “YES”, and quickly began scheming up plans for the dining room.
A dining room refresh had been on my radar for a long time. The dining room was an after thought in our home-design journey, and never started with a cohesive plan or design, we felt like we had done all that we needed to when we plopped a proper dining set in the middle of the room and threw some paint on the walls. It was a hodge-podge of pieces that weren’t deliberately meant to be together, and now the time had come to curate the space. I don’t mind if a room takes a long time to come together, I actually prefer it to, but I never feel super confident if it just happens by chance without a plan or specific intent.
Honestly, when this table was delivered to our home it wasn’t love at first sight. After living with the same table and chairs for the last nine years it took some getting used to a new very large outsider interrupting what we had grown so accustomed to. Thankfully, I was expecting to have that feeling and didn’t freak out. Over the next few weeks the table grew on me, and now I absolutely love everything about it. The table is such a wonderful example of scandi-inspired design and I’m so happy to have more of that infused into the dining room. I love the rounded edges and light white oak wood. I like that this light wood contrasts the very traditional woodwork and the modern lines juxtapose the age of this house.
One of my favorite things about the main floor spaces in our home is the light. I feel like I’ve talked your guyses ears off chatting about light and dark and woodwork, but it’s the one thing that I feel like I’m really starting to get the hang of in our old home. I love our dark rooms! They don’t feel dark and that’s because the dark walls are just a backdrop for the beautiful light that comes through our windows. I love having light colored furniture and rugs to bounce the sunlight or grey hazy winter light (as it usually is) around the space. Even on the greyest of days, the light from the south facing windows is queen around here, and I love how the light oak Ventu table top bounces her around the space and shows her off.
Besides an affection for light wood furniture, one of the other common design elements of of Scandinavian furniture is texture. Texture is something I really wanted to bring into our dining room, and I always felt like the space had been lacking. I ordered a set of six Kissa leather chairs in Canyon Tan to be delivered with the table. The chairs have a very clean Scandi-inspired look, and the black powder coated metal brace is a subtle nod to modern design, but c’mon, I was all about that leather! I have never owned a leather piece of furniture before, although I’ve always admired leather in other folks’ homes. I wasn’t expecting these dining chairs to be as beautiful and soft as they were. These chairs are so amazingly soft and supple (I’ve never described anything as “supple” in my life). I love them so dang much. We are now eating every evening meal in our dining room and I am not worried about the leather in the slightest. Even with my kids’ greasy hands the chairs still look brand new. I’m honestly looking forward to these chairs, buffing, scuffing, and even staining – I think it will give them such a rich weathered feel.
Keep you eyes peeled for more dining room posts in the coming days, I’ll be including a tutorial on installing a ceiling medallion, tips for maintaining woodwork in your home and a source list.