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Happily Eva After Dining Room Reveal

The industrial yet bright dining room at the connecticut home of lifestyle and motherhood blogger Eva Amurri Martino

Pull up a seat at my dining room table, friends! I’m so happy to share our California-inspired Dining Room with you today!  I call it California-inspired because not only was I going for that light and airy vibe that we enjoyed in our last home together, but I actually installed the exact same wallpaper from our last house!! Sometimes you can take the gal outta California….

These midcentury modern molded Eames chairs were Kyle and my first major furniture purchase as a couple, believe it or not.  There are tons of knockoffs available online, but I recommend saving up for the real deal since they are perfectly crafted and come with certificates in case you ever want to sell them! I’ve always been an Eames girl myself, and the light minty, Robin’s Egg color of these chairs mixed with the design had me swooning.  They’ve always been paired with this fabulous industrial table that has been so sturdy and dependable over the years.  For authenticity’s sake, I’ve left our little baby-proofed corner protectors on the table for the pictures since that is definitely the “phase” we are in right now.  Honeymoon’s over, people! Ha!

When we moved in to our new home, I struggled with what to do with the dining room that would excite me as much as our Los Angeles one did.  After a lot of contemplation, I decided that old habits die hard and that I wanted our dining room to be my little LA transplant! I re-ordered the same wallpaper from our old home, and stuck with the furniture as well.  Little industrial updates, like the globe pendant lighting and curtain rods added a breath of fresh air.  I’m looking forward to selecting the perfect piece of art for between the windows as well! Stay tuned…

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Eva Amurri martino's newly redesigned dining room in her connecticut home, featuring a light and bright california vibe with industrial accents

A detail shot of the robin's egg blue mid century modern eames molded chairs with an eiffel tower base featured in the dining room of Happily Eva After's Eva Amurri Martino

A close up of the lighting in the bright and airy dining room of Happily Eva After's Eva Amurri Martino

A close up of the lighting in the bright and airy dining room of Happily Eva After's Eva Amurri Martino

A shot of the fully set table in Eva Amurri Martino's bright and airy california-inspired dining room in connecticut

I also thought this was a great opportunity to show how I like to set my table!  I get a lot of questions about what kind of pieces I like to use when we entertain for dinner, and whether I registered for China when we got married.  The answer is yes! I think having some beautiful china pieces is so wonderful for a young couple– and there are lots of more affordable china options that make this a much more realistic process for your wedding guests.  I find in particular that older couples love gifting China to newlyweds!  For our wedding, I selected pieces from the Vera Wang Wedgewood Collection, and I’m still obsessed with them to this day! In fact, we eat on them a lot, especially when we have company.  I think it’s nice to be able to actually pull out your wedding china and use it instead of it collecting dust in a cabinet! Because of that, I made sure to register for something that was really versatile– and as cool as it was pretty.  For an average night, I “casz” it up with these earthy placemats, and some fun & bold Serena & Lily linens.  Super Californian, and not at all fussy!

A shot of the fully set table in Eva Amurri Martino's dining room in connecticut, featuring a light and airy Californian vibe with industrial accents

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Design Sources

Dining Table: CB2

Chairs: Design Within Reach

Wallpaper: Walnut Wallpaper

Curtain Rods: Pottery Barn

Curtains: West Elm

Pendant Lights: West Elm

Brass Vases:  Target

Placemats: Juliska

China Set:  Vera Wang for Wedgewood

Napkins: Serena & Lily (similar)

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Nora says:

    This room is gorgeous! It’s great how you’ve used the pieces you love from one house to the next. I have the same China and think it’s so classic and modern at the same time. It will definitely stand the test of time.

    If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get your daughter’s Eames table and chair set? Grandma’s wanted to get my son a table and chair set of his own and I’m thinking the one you have is the one.

    Nora

    10.17.16Reply
    • Thanks, Nora!!

      So that little table and chairs came from a flash sale on Gilt.com a few years ago, but I recently found a similar set on amazon which you can find in my Family Room Reveal post!

      10.18.16Reply
  2. You did an incredible job with this room! I love the bright and relaxed vibe, and I couldn’t agree more with your philosophy on using your wedding china 🙂

    10.17.16Reply
  3. Stephanie Almhem says:

    I have been planning on purchasing mint color chairs for our dinning room and now I am completely sold. This is so beautiful.

    10.17.16Reply
    • Yay! I actually have found that mint can act really well as a neutral– and has gone with so many different decor schemes etc for parties and holidays! Big thumbs up 🙂

      10.18.16Reply
  4. Areth Tsouprake says:

    I absolutely love your dining room, and was thrilled when I saw that you had used the same wallpaper when you moved. I think it may be my dream dining room…..Love the chairs and napkins too!

    10.17.16Reply
    • Thank you! If it ain’t broke, why fix it! 😉

      10.18.16Reply
  5. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this room! I stumbled across it on Instagram and had to come look at your blog. I am obsessed with turquoise (I have bright turquoise kitchen cabinets!), so I love that soft aqua hue on the dining chairs – it’s so perfect with the grey wallpaper. Everything is just so perfect.

    10.27.16Reply
  6. Ulina says:

    Lovely. Do you make it really alone? Fantastic job! Can you show a kids room transformation? It would be interesting for me as a mother. Greatings, Ulina

    11.05.16Reply