Just around the corner of the kitchen sits our lil dining nook. This cozy nook is a tunnel of light in the mornings, making it not only the perfect place to dine but to house lots of our plants and read a good book!🌿 Some of my favorite details about this dining room are the little things, like the wood lip detail running accross the window bench seat, the framed mermaid drawings from a local artist in Florida, and the cross hanging above the chalkboard door that reads one of my favorite versuses. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The bench cushion in the window was a fun and easy DIY project that my husband and I tackled one weekend. We wrapped linen fabric around foam, batting, and stapled it to the bottom of a plywood base - a quick no-sew project!
This light fixture is a repurposed grape basket that was once used for collecting grapes to make wine! This one we bought at a local decor shop in downtown Wilmington.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 3: CHOOSE REAL
— Good design is a mix of high and low budget items. Compromise plays a huge factor in design, but when you have the choice, choose real. Glass jars versus plastic, real breathing plants instead of fake, and natural fibers versus synthetic are important details to choose when creating a timeless design.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 4: BETTER WITH AGE
— Believe in real materials and natural finishes - use nothing that is made to look like something else. There is nothing more beautiful than real wood floors in a natural oil finish that get better with age after each and every scratch. Real wood furniture of good quality is where I would suggest investing the most of your furniture budget. I like to incorporate pieces that have aged gracefully over the years or ones that I know will last a long time. The beauty in the perfectly imperfect look of this reclaimed wood table is that I never have to worry about scratches and dings, because it only gets better with age.
‘’The beauty … of this reclaimed wood table is that I never have to worry about scratches and dings, because it only gets better with age.’’
I love this teak bar stand that holds bandanas that we use for table napkins. wine, and linen placemats.
I have to admit, living in a small space, the dining table also serves as our workspace and is often covered in papers from time to time. In order to keep my organized-OCD-self sane, we created this lil shelf nook above the bar to quickly file away miscellaneous papers.
As you can see, the dining room has many mixed uses, including Bishops second dog bed/cave…
Stay tuned for my next takeover tour of the living space! You can check out more of the #malfattitreehouse on my instagram account. A @malfattiinteriors and my soon to come website www.malfattiinteriors.com.