Chairs chairs chairs

Today’s project contemplations are all about the dining room. Years ago we had a custom made table made from this lovely sweet builder in Nova Scotia. I grew up in Nova Scotia and it has always been a special reminder of  where I came from. The chairs however, I do NOT care for. I remember when we purchased them I didn’t love the design but I was young and didn’t understand the value of loving a chair. Is that a thing? Do we love a chair? Well I can certainly tell you when we don’t love a chair! I thought suck it up buttercup, it was going to cost an extra $80 per chair to change the style and husband (then boyfriend) said meh, lets just take them. I think think it was out first communal purchase. Well flash forward 10 years and I still don’t care for the chairs and surprisingly husband also does NOT care for the chairs. How funny is that? It’s so exciting when he is on board with a project but at the same time it then adds so much pressure because he might actually care about the outcome, EEEP! Although he is not my go to for interior decor I do still want him to be happy and comfortable in our home, it is “our” home, we should all love it.

Our dilemma now is purchasing items that will suit our current home as well as our “forever house” style. Do I purchase items for my forever home which currently exists  only in my mind and in magazine tear outs in a Tiffany blue binder or do I purchase what suits out home right now? Is there a middle ground? So clearly I headed to the Internet!

I want a dinning room that is practical and beautiful. Our current dining room is very dark, 3/4 height dark wood panels. Since the moment we moved in we have struggled with the epic question of  do we paint it out? Much of the wood has been replaced over the years so no one’s heart need be broken, it is not all hundred year old wood, but it is still a big decision? If we do will it take away from the character of the home? Or are we simply bringing it into the modern day? Before we make such a great decison can we brighten the room without paining? Let’s look at some of our options:

Wayfair now has a Canadian site. Those who follow me on Instagram know I’m a huge fan of Wayfair and Joss and Main, so many options! I love their search engine as well as the free shipping!

This navy option is completely divine but ends up being about 2 inches too long and perhaps better suited for a different area of our home.

This tufted linen bench would match our bed frame fabric fabulously as well as our white room sofa, adding flow. The oatmeal color gives the appearance of white but is so much more durable.

Then we have the simple classic wooden bench. I do worry the amount of wood in the room combined with all wooden seating is too much for the space, which leads us back to the question of do we paint the room?


I also checked out Ikea, we have one in the city so that’s a huge consideration. I do love instant gratification!  Personally I love the long tufted bench but it is not selling with the husband. I wondered is there a compromise where we could both be happy? I’m thinking in lieu of  the tufted seat we could do one long bench seat, wood, no padding, completely wipeable and the other side 3-4small (replaceable)upholstered stools, and add in formal seating at the ends.

Formal end seating:

Long bench:

Small stools:


No matter what I choose I want it to be adaptable and cleanable. Kids are messy and that’s a fact!

I’m a little bit in love with the small stools. What do you think?

xo K 

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