Formal Dining Room Styling for Spring

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored as I was sent several complimentary items for the room and all are marked as “c/o” throughout the post. All editorial and opinions are my own.

I am so excited to finally share this room as it’s a project I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. It feels so good to now have this room complete and I’m pleased with how it turned out for the spring season. I was hoping to have the room finished in time for an Easter celebration so my subtle theme was to highlight pastel shades accented with bird and bunny details.

From our time living in Europe years ago, I was lucky to spend my time with friends sourcing beautifully preserved French antiques in between our travels. You may remember the French bookcase from W’s nursery reveal. It didn’t quite fit the space of his room in our new house so I decided it would be a nice touch in our formal dining room.

With my spring theme in mind, I knew classic cabbage pottery bowls would be a lovely complement and I love the two bowls (c/o) from Vintage Finds Found. The raised majolica details and the vibrant green color of the bowls help to bring the place settings to life. The bowls were in perfect condition and will be a fun addition to family celebrations in the future.

You might have seen these cheery blue bamboo fret lumbar pillows (c/o) from Shop My Fabrics featured in my recent Mother’s Day gift guide. They fit our chairs so nicely and hum with the soft blues of the rug. I was so impressed with the service, as well. From the ease of ordering fabric samples to how quickly the pillows were custom made and sent to the top-notch quality of the pillows themselves. I highly recommend Shop My Fabrics if you’re looking for custom pillows or upholstery work.

Ohhh, these chairs. I found them at an antique market in Belgium and knew from the moment I spotted them that they were coming home with me. They’ve been with us for years now and while I always knew I had great plans for them, I could never decide which color/pattern/texture of fabric would be right for them (you might have caught a glimpse of them pre-makeover in this post). Thank the Lord, I am blessed with a wonderful mother who has a keen eye and together we found just the right hue of blush-colored velvet fabric to give these chairs a new life. I knew I wanted to showcase a tasteful monogram on the back of the chair backs to give them a special pop. To complete the wow factor, my mom and I found the prettiest raw silk fabric in a ballet slipper shade and Laurie Gould, of A Slice of Life, kindly did the the most stunning custom monogram work (c/o). Laurie works out of her home so I was able to hand deliver the fabric and choose the monogram style and thread color in person. Laurie was a gem to work with and less than a week later, the fabric panels were ready for me to hand off to our upholsterer to complete the job. They are definitely the crown jewels of the room and I’m so pleased with how the monograms turned out.

I love decorating with citrus fruits and when I saw this lemon and wild blueberry grapevine wreath (c/o) from Sweet Georgia Blossoms on Etsy, I knew it would flow perfectly into our dining room. It’s currently hanging on the door that leads into the room and offers a soft nod to the tureen of lemons and limes on the table. I love that the wreath incorporates sprigs of wild blueberries as they remind me of lazy summer days in Maine. And the blue and white ticking ribbon is such a crisp and clean finishing accent.

I was having a tough time deciding how to decorate the largest wall in the room but I kept coming back to the idea of a flora and fauna gallery wall. Since I had such a great experience working with Belle Maison Art in the past (you can see the botanical prints I included from them in our master bedroom reveal), I decided to see if they had anything in stock that would work for our dining room. And, of course, they did! They have such a huge variety of gorgeous prints and I fell in love with the hummingbird giclee art print set (c/o). I love how the rich colors of the hummingbird prints play so well with the other components in the room. Stacey and Scott, the Etsy shop owners, were wonderful to work with, as always. The couple has two additional Etsy shops, Belle Botanica and Belle Mer Graphics and two sites, Belle Maison Art and Belle Botanica so check them out if you’re in the market for prints.

I was pretty sure I wanted gold frames for the prints but I wanted a frame that offered depth and contrast so when I found this beautiful set of six gold frames (c/o) from Pictures Say Stories with black edging to echo the black inner matting, I knew I had found the perfect match. I also love how the gold hue has a hint of warm bronze. Laura, the shop proprietress, was lovely to work with and made sure the frames were just to my liking.

Since my intentions were to have this room reflect the rejuvenation that spring brings, I felt like I really needed to include something natural, something alive. Now, if you know me, you know that I have no tint of green in my thumbs whatsoever so lush plants or flowers just weren’t a practical thought. But this beautiful preserved boxwood wreath (c/o) from Lovely Wreath Decor does just the trick. It breathes life into the room and brings a sense of movement that otherwise wasn’t there and requires no maintenance. And I have to say that I’m quite impressed with the quality of the wreath and the variance in color on the leaves.

No wreath in my home would be complete without a bow and I just love how the tones and patterns of this luxe plaid ribbon (c/o) from Ribbon Sweets tie in nicely with the hummingbird prints surrounding it. All credit for making this beautiful bow goes to my talented mother-in-law – thank you, D! Ribbon Sweets offers a great selection of ribbons so if you’re wanting to change up your wreaths or looking ahead to the holidays, have a look.

I was excited to find this small blue bamboo mirror (c/o) from Abi and Bry as it so perfectly echoed the bamboo lumbar pillows on our chairs in the dining room. When it arrived, it was a bit darker than I had anticipated so I repainted it a lighter shade and than made up a quick white wash for it. It’s such a cheery welcome piece to the room and I love the soft chalky look it has now.

Sticking with the fauna motif, these vintage Fitz & Floyd ceramic bird candle holders (c/o) from art & antlers have my heart. They look darling as bookends in our bookcase and I equally love them as decor on the table. Check out art & antlers for more unique and tasteful finds like these.

So happy to have added a needed pop of soft pink to our antique bench with these lovely blush pink linen throw pillows (c/o) from Hidden Blessings. I recently had the bench custom upholstered in a crisp white fabric so I knew I needed to bring in patterns and colors with the throw pillows. The quality of fabric and construction of the blush pink pillows is tops and I also adore that one of Renee’s main goals is to “give back what God has given [her].” She donates a portion of every sale to charities that support single parents and she also includes a hidden verse of scripture in her products (hence the shop name) which I think is beautiful.

I knew I wanted to incorporate bunnies of some kind into the room and when I came across these chinoiserie-inspired handpainted ceramic bunnies (c/o) from Art by Emily Paulk, I was immediately smitten. They are the cutest, cheeriest little bunnies and I was so impressed with how quickly Emily custom made ours and shipped them out. And the details are eye-poppingly adorable – how cute is that little pagoda?

Lastly, one of my absolute favorite pieces of the room is this custom artwork (c/o) by Kelly Mason Fielden of Mason Brookes Designs. I discovered Kelly’s work on Instagram and quickly became a huge fan of her gorgeous style. I was particularly drawn to her paintings of floral arrangements and I had a soft spot for those featuring white hydrangeas as that was what I chose for my wedding bouquet years ago due to the bloom reminding me of my great grandmother. While I had looked through Kelly’s Instagram and followed her stories that showcased her work, I wasn’t prepared for how show-stoppingly gorgeous the painting would be in person. When I unwrapped the package, my eyes were like saucers and I was speechless. It is truly a masterpiece that I am so honored to have in my home and I love that it welcomes guests right as they walk into the room. It brings so much movement and life into the room and I obviously love the ginger jar detail. If you’re looking for something extra special for your home, I highly recommend Mason Brookes Designs.

Custom monogram work on chair backs c/o A Slice of Life by Laurie Gould | Set of 6 gold frames c/o Pictures Say Stories | Custom artwork by Kelly Mason Fielden of Mason Brookes Designs | Hummingbird Giclee art prints c/o Belle Maison Art | Blush pink linen throw pillows c/o Hidden Blessings | Small blue bamboo mirror c/o Abi and Bry | Vintage Fitz & Floyd ceramic bird candle holders c/o art & antlers | Handpainted ceramic bunnies c/o Art by Emily Paulk | Light blue bamboo fret lumbar pillows (c/o) from Shop My Fabrics | Vintage cabbage bowls c/o Vintage Finds Found | Lemon and wild blueberry grapevine wreath c/o Sweet Georgia Blossoms | Preserved boxwood wreath c/o Lovely Wreath Decor | Plaid ribbon featured on boxwood wreath c/o Ribbon Sweets

Photography & Styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.