the reveal - dining room

After months of deliberating and a few Cast Your Vote posts I am finally ready to reveal my new dining room. But before I do that let's look at some before photos and remind ourselves of what I was hoping to achieve. We'll begin with the chairs. As I mentioned previously, for the past five years or so we have had knock-off white vinyl Thonet chairs around our table.

While they have been more than adequate I was really hoping this time around to spend a bit more money and purchase some vintage or licensed reproduction chairs. I think in the long run you get what you pay for.

The other update I wanted to make was to our light fixture. When we first moved into The Marion House we didn't have the large black painting of Napoleon's Hands on the wall. The large, cream drum pendant we had in place really obscured the view of this painting and took away from its presence. If you remember, I was hoping to find something that complimented the artwork and the black chandelier in our living room.

So without further adieu....here it is, my new dining room.

What do you think? As you can see, I went with the black Eames Molded Chair with dowel bases and the Moooi Non-Random Light.

I am super happy with the results. The addition of more black into the room really ties it all together and makes it quite dramatic. The chairs are classics and are actually very kid-friendly as they can be easily cleaned. The painting is clearly the focus of the room and is quite visible through the mesh pendant. I also like how this Moooi fixture references the shape and style of light you would find in Morocco which ties in with the kilim rug below the table. It is also absolutely stunning at night as it casts beautiful patterns around the room. Truth be told, if I had the money I would have bought a Serge Mouille fixture but every project has its budget! And in the end I think this combination works really well with all the elements in the room.

So, was it worth the wait? Is this what you were thinking of when you saw the boxes? I'd love to hear what you have to say!