Our Dining Room Reveal!

Our dining room is finally complete, after years of agonizing over one last wall!

mural wallpaper in dining room

Our Dining Room Reveal

After six years of living here in Connecticut it feels so great to finally say our dining room is done!

Long time readers might remember a post I did on our dining room back in 2018, when I was pondering what to do with one last wall.

I knew I didn’t want to leave it blank, despite the beautiful Susan Harter Mural wallpaper.

However, I was completely stumped with how to deal with this.

The Inspiration

After years of trying out different ideas, furniture, lamps you name it – I was still perplexed.

I started asking everyone who came over their opinion on this wall (I’m a great hostess, lots of fun!)

Then I came across a gorgeous image of a dining room designed by Douglas C. Davis and Associates.

The wallpaper was similar, which led me to believe I could do a version of this in our own dining room.

I saved the image to my phone (as one does) and proceeded to pester anyone who would listen about this idea.

Including Fiona Leonard…

trying out paper plates on dining room mural wallpaper

The Installation

Thankfully, Fiona Leonard of Fiona Leonard Interiors was already here in my home working on my son’s room, because it was Fiona who gave me the courage to try to this idea out.

Fiona convinced me to give a try.

Finding these round convex mirrors (in varying sizes) on sale was the final push I needed for this, and I ordered them!

Installation day arrived and Fiona came by to assist.

If I sound a little melodramatic, it’s because I was!

HELLO, imagine creating all these holes in this beautiful mural wallpaper only to decide later it was a big mistake?

Which explains the paper plate method I came up with at the last minute (above) in order to get a better sense of how things would shake out!

I used painters tape on the back and then only gently applied to the plates to the wall.

round mirrors in different sizes on mural wallpaper in dining room
The molding in our dining room is painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.

The Dining Room Reveal

Fortunately, it all worked out!

I’m thrilled with the way this all came together.

While I’m still enamored with the idea of using a grid of Intaglios somewhere in our home, I’m so glad we went with these round convex mirrors here.

The wall never looked fully finished to me before and now it absolutely does!

I had Julia Dags come photograph the whole room to give you a better sense of it.

The whole thing is also documented over on Instagram in my story highlights.

full view of zhush dining room

I’ve included almost all the sources to our dining room decor below.

The chairs and table are both pretty old, they were one of the very first pieces of furniture we purchased when we bought our first house, close to 18 years ago!

However, since I always get questions about our dining room chairs, I did want to mention the style; it’s a Klismos chair.

This is a fairly popular traditional chair style, if you want to try searching for similar. I’ve rounded up a few below as well.

traditional living room with fireplace
ten person dining room table

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We all chime in with our best advice!

In addition, we also spill our best sources and tips – it’s SO great for sourcing hard to find items and pieces.

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  1. Jill wolder wrote:

    Just perfect! Can you tell me about bowl/centerpiece on table, please. Thank you.

    Published on 4.20.21 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks! It’s an Italian pottery line called Dolfi.

      Published on 4.20.21 · Reply
  2. Jill wolder wrote:

    Beyond lovely! And info/ source on black and gold plate on table? Thanks jill

    Published on 9.20.21 · Reply