You all know I’ve been tempted to wallpaper the dining room for a while now… and we finally did!
It’s even better than I imagined it would be!
Ever since we added the cased opening to make it feel more enclosed, I’ve been tempted to wallpaper it. At one point, I considered using a toile, but I wasn’t fully convinced, and I wasn’t going to make the jump for just any paper. In the meantime, the walls have remained white, teasing me to wallpaper them until I found the one.
And I found “the one.” Actually, I found the one and used it in our Modern Cottage powder bath. I loved it so much that I even saved the scraps and moved them all the way to North Carolina! When I came across them recently, it hit me… This needs to be in the dining room!
I ordered more wallpaper that very same day.
Here’s that same angle before we moved in, scooched over the back hallway entrance into the kitchen, and added a cased opening to separate the dining room from the kitchen.
Once my heart was set on this wallpaper, I needed to decide what I wanted to happen with the trim and doors. We actually decided to make the opening into the living room smaller by just 16-in. We still like the flow between the two rooms, but on the living room side, we just wanted a tiny bit more wall space! Our contractors were able to use all the same original trim!
It’s kind of hard to tell in the picture below, but now it’s just a bit narrower than it used to be. Still, plenty of room to walk through!
We decided to paint the trim and doors a beautiful gray-blue (Gibraltar Cliffs, Benjamin Moore), and it reignited my love for contrast trim.
I’m too scared to hang anything on the fresh wallpapered walls right now, so I’m just letting this room breathe for a bit, but I did roll out a Chris rug (Ivory Clay). I love it!
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Make yourself right at home