I want to mimic a fabulous dining room but for less…WAY less. Finding a beautiful inspiration photo and replicating it less is my super power. It’s a skill I’ve honed for a long time. The use of Pinterest has put my little super power into serious overdrive.
Dining Room Inspiration
My inspiration for today’s post is this beautiful dining room by Studio McGee. The colors are simply classic: navy and white.
I’m not sure of the individual costs of each item in the above dining room. However, I can tell you a little bit about the window treatments. The fabric comes from the same designer and manufacturer as my custom roman blinds. This particular pattern is XU Garden in Indigo by Kravet/Windsor-Smith. It sells for around $70 per yard plus shipping.
Did you get a load of the chairs they used? They are so eye catching! I found a similar Chippendale style chair for $675 each. That’s hardly going to get me a room for less!
This style of dining chair is lovely, and the designers are brilliant in pairing it with the fabric. They are a match made in heaven!
Part of hiring a designer to create a room like the dining room is that homeowners are paying for a unique plan and individual pieces of furniture. Not everything will come from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. A designer will source goods from a variety of places, and they may be custom, exclusive to the trade or antiques. The point is, the room functions correctly for the clients.
Dining Room for Less
Here is my budget friendly interpretation of the room but on a budget.
A possible substitute for the dining room table is this one from Crate and Barrel. Obviously not an exact match. The dining room table in the inspiration room has great substance. However, the Crate and Barrel table is a fabulous alternative.
A budget friendly alternative to the window treatments is finding a similar style at a significantly lower price point. An excellent alternative to the inspiration fabric is Zoe Blend by Lacefield Designs. As an FYI, Lacefield Designs fabrics are the same manufacturer used by Ballard Designs.
I love the textured creamy color background. It softens the navy geometric print. The pattern is a mix of modern and classic! It’s an excellent combination because the look has lasting power and will not appear dated in a year or less.
The chairs in the designer photo served just inspiration with color and pattern. This navy chair is an excellent price, and the colors are the perfect shade of navy and one of my favorite geometric patterns.
An ideal look in a dining room design includes coordinated head chairs not perfectly matched to the side chairs. The older I get, the more I veer away from buying ‘sets’ of furniture. This Abbyson Living wingback is from Overstock. The chair is formal in style, but the fabric gives a slightly casual look.
I’m a total sucker when it comes to beautiful light fixtures. Without spending an enormous amount of time on research, I was unable to locate the gorgeous chandy in the inspiration dining room.
However, I found a substitute that works well. Additionally, it is sized correctly and offers similar colors and texture. Once again, Overstock came through.
Again, nothing here is an exact match, but the overall feel has a similar look. These different pieces illustrate that a gorgeously designed room can serve as the perfect inspiration and guidance when planning your home.
Inspiration rooms should not be exactly replicated. They are intended to inspire creativity! The rooms are meticulously designed for individual homeowners and lifestyle. The key is to take the inspiration and apply it to our personality and lifestyle.
Have you ever used an inspiration photo to design a dining room or another room in your home? If so, I’d love to hear about your process and how you plan your space from inspiration to fruition.