Empty Nesters: Decorating a dining room

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Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York City. Yay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

I have written about plenty of dining rooms in my day, but I’ve never actually had one. My New York City apartments have always been too small for a table, and my husband and I happily eat dinner at a coffee table in front of the television.

At the house, I finally have one—and I get to decorate it! We were pumped to have the previous owner’s dining table (I would have never been able to pick one from all the options in the world!). But her chandelier had to go. It just wasn’t our style. Luckily, I had this metal pendant lamp that I got for $5 at a sale in the city. Red isn’t exactly our color, so I spray painted it (and a little bit of my lawn) a light gray.

Cute... just not really our color. Gray is my answer to everything.

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We loved the Windsor-style Clearing Dining Chairs at Anthropologie and decided to get two in the same aqua color and two more in mismatched shades of orange and light blue. There was a mix up with the order and, unfortunately, the persimmon chair wasn’t available anymore, so we got white. My husband wants to try painting it ourselves, but the white is actually growing on me, so we'll see.

The walls still need a thing or three.

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After tons of debating, we decided to go with the Galvin Sideboard from Crate and Barrel instead of something old and taller, like we had originally planned. For extra seating, we picked out a custom bench from an eBay seller and now we have the option to pull it up to the table when we have a full house.

This bench was made to order and fits
perfectly between the table legs.

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I'm actually glad we kept the furniture to a minimum because the room feels light and airy. I especially love how the sun hits the space in the morning. The walls could use some decorating, but I'm sure we'll find some things worth hanging... eventually. Check back soon to see what else we've accomplished.