In our dining room, we have a fireplace in the center of the room, really the focal point. Next to it we have a cabinet that I have loved! It’s very large and I can store lots of serving pieces in it. I’ve been thinking how I’d really like another cabinet, on the other side of the fireplace. Only problem, there is a door.
Seems like a big deal, right? Well the more I thought about, the more it didn’t seem like a deal breaker. The door is a pocket door that leads to our office. But it’s not the only entrance to the office. And we rarely use the office to dining room door. We mainly walked through the entrance that leads to the kitchen.
So we moved our piano to the family room, and I ordered the cabinet (my cabinet is no long available, I got it from HERE). Somehow with strength and magic, it fit, we had added the beams after we did the first cabinet, so I was hoping they wouldn’t be an issue, and thankfully it wasn’t. I am so happy with how it looks! Makes the room look much bigger, and gives us more storage.
I was really excited to get the cabinet filled and the shelves decorated. And you don’t see the door frame at all really!
As I styled the cabinets, I wanted both sides to be cohesive and come together. So I matched textures, colors and height. For instance, the wood I had in the tall wood storage piece, we put the wood on the bottom of both shelves. We don’t need to wood for our fireplace, it is gas, but I love the wood texture! PS- large baskets from HERE, which one is holding our crockpot!
I did matching lamps (just different colors) in each cabinet. The lamps are from HERE, a blog reader sent me a really similar lamp for a lot less HERE. We did have to drill a hole in the back so we could plug it in (I have the lamps on all the time, so wanted a real light bulb, the magic light trick is a great option if you can’t do a plug). PS- floral still life with the fruit is from HERE, code NESTING20 for 20% off!
I also have similar colors that I used, along with the checkered serving items. Same baskets, and also art that adds height to both sides. (Orange and avocado art HERE).
I have my parents wedding china in our cabinet, sentimental older pieces, mixed with new. Along with my Grandmas jewelry Christmas tree, my favorite piece of Christmas decor, it was made by her aunt with old costume jewelry.
(I did link all that I could at the end of this post). Checkered serving pieces HERE.
We had already move the piano into the family room, so that space is nice and open. I just extended my lady portrait gallery wall to the floor (or “the plastics” as I lovingly call them).
I had lots of questions what the office side of the door looks like. Well, it looks like a door just like it did before, ha! It does have a lock, so that slows anyone down that is headed through the door! It was worth it, for the symmetrical look and storage.
I haven’t shared our dining room decorated for Christmas yet, here is the fireplace. I went for a maximalist look, like we did in our family room and love it! I just layered lots of garland and just sat it right on top of the mantel, no hooks were used, just a little wire to keep it all together. I have real garland mixed with faux.
Cedar garland and snowy garland, then layered two strands of this gold star garland. Grouped in these gold candlesticks, with these battery candles (you have to twist out the center poker to get candle to fit). Really The Wise Virgin was my starting off point, love her. Layered over Miracle on 34th Street Quote (BTW use code NESTING20 for 20% off).
Just like when you give a mouse a cookie, there are things I want to do different now. I think an oval table would look very nice here. We did turn our rug to see what it would look like the ling way, I like it. We could add a little more seating, and make it easier to get in and out of the banquet seating. I have my eye on this table, that has a leaf. I’ll share as I make those changes too!
I would also like to add shiplap between the beams for depth and some interest with the beams, 2024 project!
On our dining table I kept the decor simple, love that I can reach for these things as I am decorating or wrapping gifts, practical and cute!
I also thought about centering the light fixture with the fireplace, but we will see what we end up doing with the dining table.
The console stayed the same. I really like having this peice in here for serving off of or a drink station when we have guests.
Merry Christmas from our dining room and new happy filled cabinet! Don’t be afraid to cover up something that isn’t working for you, like a door!