Hi Everyone! Happy Monday!

For the next part of our home tour, I wanted to show you our Dining Room and Kitchen. As I mentioned in the Den Tour, our house is a brand new three story “row style” home, so it is unique in that the entire main living area is on the second story. This includes our kitchen, dining area, living room, a bathroom, and a spare bedroom (my husband’s office). I love that even though the house is long and fairly skinny, the open concept of this floor makes it feel really bright and spacious.

Enjoy these photos of our dining area and kitchen! Read below for details on how I created this space.

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Working with a builder is an interesting process (I will have a separate post all about that later), but one thing that is really important when you start out is knowing exactly where you want to put your money when it comes to upgrades, and which “standard” inclusions are good enough to keep, at least for a while until you are able to upgrade them yourself if you want to. For us, the majority of our budget for upgrades went into flooring, electrical, and lighting. Our cabinets and countertops in the kitchen were “standard” choices, which I was very pleased with. In a perfect world, I would love it if these cabinets were white and my countertops were a solid grey quartz, but neither were in the budget for the time being. If we stay in this house long enough, I would love to eventually paint these cabinets white. I think it would brighten up the space so much. But for now, I am so thankful for what I have!

We did upgrade to a single basin under mount sink in here – which I love, and we also upgraded our backsplash. Funny story actually, the backsplash is by far the biggest compromise that hubby and I had to come to on this entire house. I wanted white subway tiles, but T is not a fan. He wanted glass mosaic tile backsplash, which is not really my style, and in my opinion would be far too busy with our counter tops. I really love the look of marble as well and knew that I wanted to incorporate it somewhere in our house, when we came across these marble “mini subway tiles” as I like to call them, it was a total “ah ha” moment. Mr. T got the pizzaz he was looking for and I got my marble and something slightly reminiscent of subway tiles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out.

As far as accessorizing goes, I wanted to bring in more of a farmhouse feel and natural elements to tone down the modern feel of the kitchen. I also wanted to keep things as light as possible, so I added in a lot of white ceramic elements, along with a little bit of natural wood. I hand painted a chalkboard menu sign and created some chalkboard labels for the canisters. I added in some greenery to keep it feeling fresh, and tied in some blue with a rug and dish towels. I love the way our kitchen mixes both of our styles and blends modern and farmhouse together. Cooking has suddenly become so much more enjoyable for me now that I get to do it in this pretty little space 🙂

In our dining area, we only had a small space to work with between the kitchen and living room, so we kept it simple as to not overcrowd the space. Our dining table and chairs were a hand-me-down from my in-laws, and I just refinished the top. It was previously a shiny orange-y oak color (yes, that is the official name 😉 ) which was beautiful, but it didn’t really coordinate with the rest of the house. I love the contrast of the dark wood top with the distressed white legs and chairs now. Next I want to reupholster the chairs, but that is a project for another day.

Another big project in this room was the mirror behind the table. Our ceilings are really tall, and that wall is quite long so we needed a decent sized mirror to fill the space. I hadn’t been able to find anything I was crazy about that was affordable enough for me to feel comfortable with, so when my hubby sent me a photo of an ugly as sin seventies mirror he found at Goodwill for $15 I said “Yes! Bring it home!” I gave it a makeover by sanding it down and painting it to give it a weathered zinc metal look. Now I am in love with it. Trash to treasure, my friends! I love the way these industrial metal and wood barstools look under the bar, and the way the wood plank art on the wall between the two spaces ties them both together is just the cherry on top for me.

I hope you enjoyed our kitchen and dining room tour today! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, I would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Stay tuned for the next room on our home tour coming soon!

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