Bri’s Dining Room Makeover

dining room makeover // before & after // design love fest // sarah sherman samuelWhen Bri of Design Love Fest bought her new house she settled in fairly quickly but one room that went relatively untouched was the dining room. When she reached out to me to design her patio space she also wanted to tackle a few other areas in the house and the neglected dining was next on our list. I am excited to share the transformation!

One of the first things we did was extend the marble countertop on the passthrough from the kitchen so that we could add bar stools and create a space for friends to sit and chat while Bri was in the kitchen. The cutout was there before but with no countertop overhang it created an odd dead space (you’ll see in the before photos below). Just that extra 12″ of marble makes such a huge difference in the room.

When we started talking about the feel Bri wanted for the space, she was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and the use of clean lines and natural textures, which obviously was speaking my language. We wanted to create a calm vibe that still had some personality. I made a feature wall starting with the low credenza and combined it with custom shelves and a custom mirror so they all work together as one and we added artwork and small treasures for display.

And now for some before and after’s…

We moved the off center lighting and traded the pendant for two warm jute lamps, added the graphic striped rug and those gorgeous green chairs to finish off the space.

In this before shot is where you can see the marble stopped flush with the pony wall but now that we added the overhang and those perfectly simple stools it looks much more finished. Also, how gorgeous is that Blockshop scarf hanging in the corner? (this design is no  longer available but they have other beautiful options here).

Shop the look:

Jute Pendants // Half Moon Mirror (ours was custom and much larger but here is a ready made version) // Vases // Credenza // Green Chairs from Rypen // Artwork from Tappan // Rug // Dining Table

Additional Sources: Counter Stools from All Modern // Hanging Textile by BlockShop // Large Planter by CB2 // Floating Shelves by Semi-Handmade //

Tappan art pieces: lani trock flowers, caroline denervaud shapes, eric chakeen camel sky and courtdeerdana kiss

Next up is her kitchen!

See Bri’s patio makeover here and read more about the dining room from her perspective on Design Love Fest.

photos by: ivan solis
design by: sarah sherman samuel

  • I love that scarf on the wall. A less expensive way to get a similar look is to buy saris on Ebay. They usually cost between $10 and $20. I’ve used them to make canopies and curtains and I think wall hanging is next on my list.

  • Where did y’all get the custom mirror made? I’ve been looking for a good place to get an oversized mirror in a specific color

    • I can’t remember which one but it was just a local glass & mirror shop. I just searched that in google maps and picked the closest one to the job site.

  • Jesus woman, this is SO good!

    Pondering buying that rug now for our living room…the price is so good too.

  • Ooo where is the white cylinder planter from? Been looking for one like that.

  • OMG that mirror!! 😍😍😍

  • Curious as to what size table and rug you went with? I’d love to fit the same number of chairs under such table.

  • How do you keep the rug sliding around? Rug pad? Sticky tape? I love rugs like this, but I can’t seem to ever keep them stuck to the ground instead of sliding around.

  • Stephanie

    Sarah, could you share which size table you ordered for Bri’s makeover? It looks perfect.

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