One of the joys of marriage we were most excited about was having a place that we could call our own. Our home. Being a couple of creative kids, we were looking forward to graduating from many of the "dorm room" pieces we had held onto in our post collegiate years and to filling our space in a way that reflected our true personalities. In fact, designing our apartment was one of the first inspirations for starting Everyday Urban. Our apartment is not large but for Chicago it has just enough wiggle room to fit in some fun components. Today we will be sharing our dining room (which for us, is code word for the second half of our living room 😂).
The staple of the space is this industrial, wooden table from West Elm. We love how the accompanying bench continues the clean and modern build of the table and minimizes the amount of visual space filled, which could otherwise easily feel crammed with a bigger table like this in a relatively small space. The grey, eames chairs round off the seating and add a mid century modern touch, tying cohesively into our living space.
The not so hidden gem of our dining room is this mid century piece we found collecting dust in Daniel's grandfather's barn. After cleaning it out and applying a new finish, this credenza found a second life. What IS tucked inside the credenza is truly the hidden treasure of this room. The top half of the unit opens up and therein lies a record player! Sadly, we don't have it back up in the tip top running condition it once had in its 1960's hay day yet but we hope to have it refurbished in the very near future.
Now, if there is anything you can learn from the tiny little gyms found in Holiday Inn Express it is that mirrors can be quite useful in making a small room feel bigger. We are really digging this wood framed, round mirror from West Elm shown above that brings a new dimension and shape to this otherwise rectangular dominated space.
Of course our dining area would not be complete without our plant children: Mr. Fiddly Fig (yes, we know it is a fiddle leaf fig) and Fern. And last but not least is our little balcony right off of the dining space. Admittedly, we had high hopes for this space but with all our travel this summer and fall we didn't do anything spectacular to it. There's always next year! Nonetheless, it's still fun to pop out on and catch the sunset.
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With love from Chicago,
Daniel + Jennifer