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Today’s roundup is all about the perfect pairing of vintage dining room tables with contrasting modern chairs. I love an eclectic space, and the dining room is the perfect place to have some fun with an aesthetic mashup of vintage and modern, like in the space above. There’s no wrong way to make this look happen and it’s also a great way to interject personality and history into your home without having to spend a ton of money as this look can absolutely be achieved on a budget.

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Maybe you inherited your grandmother’s dining set or were stuck with a hand-me-down set after college. It’s simple to give an old table a fresh spin by switching out the chairs for something new. . Contrast is everything when it comes to this look, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little bit. This look is anything but matchy-matchy and sometimes the natural and traditional raw look of wood can enhance the contrast between old and new all the more.

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Studio McGee paired the classic Eames molded plastic chairs with a spindle-legged wooden table in a beautiful dark finish. It contrasts sharply with the white plastic and lighter wood dowel legs. The Eames chairs are available in a variety of colors (as well as price points if you don’t want to grab an original) and they also have different leg options too.

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I love the mismatched colors in this shot above from BHG. This entire room feels inviting and feminine with pops of English garden colors and a drapey capiz shell chandelier. You could find a similar table in any antique shop, a yard sale in your neighborhood, or by hunting around on Craigslist.

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The uber-traditional table (above) in Gen Sohr’s dining room table definitely feels like a piece that might be relegated to a fancy dining room, only to be used on formal occasions. But it suddenly feels family friendly and well loved when paired with simple white Emeco and funky modern art.

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Of course, there’s my favorite modern chair of all, the Louis Ghost chair, which works with practically any table you put it with, beat-up wood included! A little bit of lucite can go a long way, and in this case, it allows the beautiful accents of the table to really shine through, in both the image above and below.

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My brandmother had a round table that reminds me of the one below. I wish now that I had that table because it proves that a classic and simple design can be so flexible in any interior.

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It’s gorgeous in the dark wood with the white chairs, but you could switch it up by painting the table, as evidenced below.

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These mismatched chairs above are loaded with personality and this look would be super easy to recreate with a quick perusal of your local Craigslist. Sometimes public schools also sell off old fixtures and furniture at auction (rolling library carts are my current google obsession), and you could snap up a bunch of chairs and other fun finds for not a lot of money.

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Such a great way to bring style and personality to your space. There’s just something about having a history and a story about the items you surround yourself with! Ok, a few sources if you’re hunting for some great modern chairs. My current favorites are West Elm, Industry West (Tolix knock-offs in a ton of colors, as well as several fun modern options), Craigslist, CB2, and good ol’ Ikea (check out the Tobias style for a lucite chair lookalike at a fraction of the cost).


‘Tis the season for grilling, picnicking and eating outdoors! The evenings are warm and it really is the best time of the year for outdoor entertaining and family gatherings. The goal is to enjoy your company, not to spend hours preparing, cooking and cleaning up. Here are a few tips to keep you prepared for dining outdoors anytime the mood strikes!

Outdoor Dining Organization

If you cook outdoors frequently, it may be beneficial to create a secondary outdoor kitchen to prevent frequent trips inside. Whether you build something custom or utilize a nearby potting bench, consider adding a few hooks for hand towels and grilling tools, as well as shelving to corral outdoor dining supplies. An often forgotten treasure is an outdoor trash can for quick cleanups. These units provide storage below and work surface above, making the most of both space and time.

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If a larger work surface is not an option, think about adding a smaller bar cart to act as a hot spot for storing frequently used dining and grilling supplies, while also providing serving surface. Select a piece that can hold up to outdoor weather conditions, wood and steel tend to be the best options. Plastic lidded bins will keep dishes and linens protected from moisture as well.

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A little lattice goes a long way in the storage department with this DIY utensil holder. Although compact, the organizer packs a lot of punch with hooks holding frequently used grilling tools and a shelf for holding a grilling basket and condiments.

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Create a portable caddy that can hold cups of flatware, dishes and your favorite condiments. This will keep it super simple to transfer your indoor dining to the great outdoors.

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An upcycled tool box also has the ability to become handy and organized dining storage.

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If you love to take last minute trips to the park, keep your picnic basket pre-packed and stocked with outdoor dishes, flatware, linens and a cutting board. Lidded jars work great for transporting side dishes while wax paper, baking liners and treat bags work wonderful for dried goods.

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Stash a picnic-ready blanket in your vehicle for impromtu outdoor dining; an easy solution is to roll an oversized quilt and tie it up with ribbon.

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Trend: Multifunctional Credenzas

The credenza is one of my top storage furniture picks because of the endless versatility that it offers.  Today, I am sharing the top eight ways to utilize these multifunctional furniture pieces.

 

One: Dining Room Storage

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The dining room is one of the most common places in which a credenza (also known as a buffet or sideboard) is used as storage.  They are wonderful for stashing away bulky appliances, baskets containing dining decor, linens and accessories and even serving dishes.  The top acts as a prime space for serving up a big Sunday brunch or intimate family dinner.

 

Two: Media Storage

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Credenzas are lovely, unique and statement media stands.  They are a step above big box store options, and often times boasting in character.  Most are designed with a mixture of drawers and cabinets, making them ideal for storing both large components and smaller bins of digital media.  Whether the TV mounted on the wall or set directly on the stand itself, a credenza will provide visual balance and scale to the larger piece of technology.

 

Three:  Shoe Storage

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There is no doubt that a beautiful old credenza will add beauty to your entry.  Especially when it is serving as a way to tuck away and conceal unsightly footwear and cold weather accessories.

 

When using these beautiful pieces as entryway storage, it is a good idea to line the bottom and any shelves with durable shelf liner or shoe trays to protect the finish of the furniture.

 

Four:  School Cubbies

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We personally turned a large, three door credenza into hard-working school cubbies for our children.  We do not have a designated mud-room inside of our front door, therefore, the set of cabinets does takes on many of those tasks.  The large plastic baskets hold footwear, the smaller acts as a charging station for any electronics.  The paper boxes hold daily papers and school supplies and the remaining space stores backpacks and lunch totes.  The doors even act as a command center for staying on top of daily communications, homework and schedules.

 

Five:  Toy Storage

Not only do kids need storage for their daily school gear, but for their play gear as well.  Open faced options keep toys accessible and easy breezy to find and put away, while concealed options keep everything tucked away nice and tidy.

 

Six:  Changing Table

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Fellow Style Spotter, Joni, boasts great storage within her nursery due to the beautiful vintage credenza that she selected.  The cabinet keeps unsightly necessities concealed within organized drawers while the top provides ample space for daily changes and cleanups.

 

Seven: Office Storage

Not only is the credenza shown above beautiful with it’s hand painted chevron treatment, the inside contains a surprising amount of organized office storage.  The size of the cabinet made it an idea candidate for holding those unsightly and bulky office electronics and mailing supplies.

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Eight:  Bar/Serving Station

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By adding a large sideboard within your living area or dining room, it “serves” as the perfect place to hang out during a gathering or happy hour.  The inside can store wines, glassware and serving accessories, and the top can keep the bottles and mixers on display.

 

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Trend: Bold Bar Carts!

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It seems like every time I hop on the computer as of late, I run right into an incredible bar cart makeover.  I am loving that so many people are having a good time turning dated component carts and even TV stands, into bold and glamorous serving carts.  Not to mention, these makeovers are budget friendly and functional!  I can’t wait to scour thrift stores to do something similar myself.  Even my pal and fellow Style Spotter, Michael, found the oh-so-perfect $10 cart from Goodwill which now acts as a beautiful bar cart in his own home!

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As great as these transformed carts are for serving up cocktails,  they are also wonderful for storing dishes and supplies for entertaining, fine china, linens, small appliances and even act as a great surface to set out your food when hosting that nice big dinner.

 

If you are tight on space, select something a bit smaller, that can still be uber functional.  Shelves and drawers below make wonderful storage, and the top surface is the star of the show while entertaining.  Bonus points for adding casters to your serving station, so it can be tucked away when not in use.

 

If you have a little more space on your hands, armoires become an ideal place to store your beverage and entertaining supplies.  They offer an abundance of storage and flexibility and look amazing painted in bold hues.

The best part about these larger cabinets, is that a variety of organizers such as wine glass holders, plate racks, trays and even custom built wine cubbies, can be added to increase organization and storage even more.  Also, it is worth mentioning that beverages always look prettier when poured and stored within vintage glass decanters.

 

If you are struggling to find the perfect piece of furniture to use as your entertaining station, head to the big box stores and check out the shelves and bookcases.  A combination of a couple items will give you a custom look at a fraction of the cost, and pairing them with a vibrant backing or focal wall, really amps that wow factor.  Adding baskets for linens, utensils and smaller supplies, provides a nice mixture of open and concealed storage.

 

And when all else fails, you could always build a custom buffet, which allows you to work within your budget and personalize it for your needs and given space.  It also means you get to select a super fantastic color to paint it!

Again, the open shelving offers versatile storage and wine racks can be installed to add easy-to-access glass storage.  Mailing tubes covered with decorative papers instantly become darling wine bottle holders, and everyday modular cubbies turn into rolling storage and seating with the addition of simple casters and cushions.  The combination above makes for a compact, custom serving station which can be used year round for endless entertaining.

 

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Hi all,  Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors, the hearty and flavorful foods, and the pleasantly reassuring smells of leaves, pumpkin, and spices. As the warm temperatures of summer fade and the frost covers the landscape, people quickly move inside.

(1) Glass Globe String Lights; (2) Gold Flatware; (3) Global Medallion Dinnerware; (4) Mercury Glass Candlesticks; (5) Shadow Plaid Throw; (6) Triangle Lattice Throw; (7) Oar Server; (8) Gather Tote; (9) Yard Dice; (10) Fresh Pumpkin Crate; (11) Sumner Dining Table; (12) Who’s Wine Glasses 

 

This year, instead of escaping from the outdoors, I’m encouraging you to embrace it! Grab some pumpkins, your dining room table, and a couple throws. Then call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite fall-inspired table elements to make your dinner magical and unforgettable! Where are the chairs you might ask? Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need. Plus, after the party, you can use them to decorate your house for the season. I even dug through the BHG recipe archives to plan a delicious, simple, and hardy menu your guests will love. With the planning finished, it’s time to party!

 

(1) Peppered Herb Cheese Ball; (2) Mini Party Quiches; (3) Chicken and White Bean Stew; (4) Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta; (5) Maple Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; (6) Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

 

Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ll be patiently waiting for my invitation to your Fall Garden Party.

Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm

 



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