Lake House Dining Room

This post is sponsored by BuildDirect, but all opinions are my own.

I am SO excited to start showing you all of the interior shots of the house now that we are all moved in! I have to preface that by saying these rooms are not complete in the least, but I promised myself (and the Mr.) I would take my time decorating this home and not just throw a bunch of stuff up on the walls for the sake of having a finished room to share on the blog. I’m really trying to be intentional this time around and only putting things in here that I truly love. Plus, I feel the best spaces are ones that are collected over time not thrown together overnight. That said, I didn’t want to leave you hanging all summer since you have all been so great following along this whole process. My hope is it’s fun to watch this house and my style evolve, and I can share new pieces as we go along.

Lake House dining room

First up, let’s take a peek at the dining area! I have had zillions of questions about the wood flooring we used throughout our house and this room is the best place to show it off. Hands down this flooring is my favorite thing in the house. I can’t say enough good things about it! Here is a close up:

Brushed white oak wide plank wood floors

The color is perfection. It has a really cool matte brushed finish that is perfect for the casual lake house vibe I was going for, and bonus, it hides dirt like insanely well. Seriously, I have only swept once this week, and I used to have to do it twice a day with our old darker floors. It also feels great on your feet; it’s so funny every person who has come in to see the house comments on how nice it feels! When they first installed it, I may have laid down and hugged it I was so excited to finally see it down, and it was just so much better than I thought.

Lake house dining room

You can find your own here at BuildDirect and it’s at a great price point too. Remember BuildDirect will send you free samples right to your house, so you can check out how it will look risk free.

A dining room table

Let’s get to the rest of the details – we found this table at a local furniture store it was the perfect rustic look I was looking for and 7 ft long so it can seat 8. I haven’t figured out if I want to add two more of the same chairs to the end or find different end chairs.

A dining room table

I love the clean lines of these chairs I chose. I debated for weeks over what style to go with, but these won out in the end. It’s hard to tell in these photos but they are a really pretty soft grey color, which coordinates with my grey pantry door in the kitchen (you can kind of see it in the background of this pic, but kitchen photos coming soon!).

A dining room table

You may remember these herb baskets from our last house. I love planting herbs in them because they are lightweight, look pretty and it’s easy to grab them to bring to the kitchen and snip what I need. They have a plastic liner in them to prevent water damage to the table.

A dining room table

I also love the way the black lights set everything off, they sort of ground all the white.

Dining room light

I can’t wait to have dinner parties at this table, just as soon as guests don’t have to trip over moving boxes to get to it ;)

A dining room table

Stay tuned for more room reveals in the next few weeks!

SOURCE LIST – (Disclosure: affiliate links)

Flooring –  the color is Robin BuildDirect Vanier Engineered Hardwood European Oak White Wash Collection

Chairs – Wayfair

Table – I bought mine at a local furniture store (Art Van) this is a similar one here

Light – Wayfair (find all my lighting choices here)

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  1. Hi Kelly!! Everything is so beautiful and the dining table and chairs are exactly what I want! I’m having someone hand make me something similar but I’m struggling to figure out what stain to use. Any ideas on that? Is it a light warm brown or is it more of a Driftwood? Thanks so much! ❤️

  2. Hi Kelly!
    Love your furnishings! Everything is so beautiful! I know Art Van has gone out of business, but do you remember the name of your dining room table? Thanks so much! Be well.

  3. Your house is amazing! I know that artVan has gone out of business. but I was wondering if you know who makes your couch. just love it and sounds so durable.

  4. Hello! That is the exact chandelier that I have been looking for. Is this black or oil rubbed bronze? I’m wanting black. Would you mind sending the link? Also – what is your take on mixing black and oil rubbed bronze?

    1. Hey Jaime I actually spray painted mine black! If you go to my shop our home page you will find it linked! I think mixing finishes is totally fine!

  5. Just ordered the white oak Robin floor samples from Buikd Direct ! Curious how your floors have held up since installing ? Thanks ! :)

    1. Hi Kendall, we still love them. They are finicky when it comes to liquid getting on them. You need to wipe up any spills right away! The only place we have had issues is in our kitchen with a few stains. Watch my saved Instagram stories there is one labeled wood floors with lots of helpful info.

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I’ve got that chandelier in my cart but I’m hesitating as it says the finish is rubbed oil bronze and I really need black. Would you say yours is more bronze or black?

    1. I actually bought the black and chrome version and spray painted the chrome part. Not sure if they even carry that version anymore? It was super easy to spray paint with matte black spray paint and that was the least expensive option I could find in black.

  7. I’m thinking of ordering that table from Art Van. It doesn’t have reviews, so I was wondering if you can tell me if you’re still happy with your choice. I felt like the Pier 1 one felt kind of fake. Is this one smooth on top? It sure looks nice in photos!!


    1. Hi Debi, yes I absolutely love it! It has some texture on top but not too much, doesn’t feel fake to me and I get lots of compliments on it.

    1. Hi Jill, no scratches, but we do have a small stain from a red popsicle (thanks to my daughter lol)! Because they have more of a raw finish we have to be careful to wipe up liquids quickly because they tend to absorb. My daughter left the popsicle drips for 2 days before I noticed them so they didn’t come completely out. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who notices them though.

  8. Hello! Really beautiful room! I just came across your site while searching for floors. I’m wondering how yours has been holding up? It looks like an oiled floor, which I’m hesitant about. Any problems with wear and tear, spills, things like that? Thank you!

  9. How are you liking the chairs from wayfair now that it’s been a few months?! I have my eye on them but tend to hone in on the negative reviews so I would love to hear your opinion on assembly and quality!!!

    1. I like them a lot still, I will say we mostly have been eating outside so we haven’t used them a ton but I think they are comfy.

  10. Beautiful home! Could you tell me where you found the baskets for your herbs? And what kind of plants are on your mantle?

  11. I love everything you have done so far! I look forward to new posts and checked everyday ;) I especially love the basket planters on the dining room table. They herbs add just enough color. Do you remember where you found them? Thanks!

  12. Swooning! I could move right in.
    I know this is a loaded question but how did you choose the white wall colour with all of the options out there?! Does it have a specific undertone to it? We want to go all white as well.

  13. I am soo in love with everything! You have done an amazing job!! Cant wait to see more :)

  14. YAY! So glad to start seeing furniture inside. Love the floors and THAT TABLE IS EXACTLY What I was looking for 4 years ago. I wound up with one darker and every day it bugs me. I saw Pier 1 Imports has a new table that comes in 3 sizes that is very similar to this one. LOVE THE FLOOR. I laughed when I read that you may or may not have hugged your floor. Isnt that what a home should be? Filled with things that make us happy? You are my little sister I never had. We have such similar taste. Cant wait to see each room evolve. I love that you are taking your time. Thats the BEST WAY to do it! and much more FUN! Do you go to Flea Markets or antique shows? I just added a rusty chippy Coca Cola sign and i feel like it made my house complete. ENJOY! Ill stay tuned to every new post!

    1. Thanks Dixie! I do go to a flea market in the summer a lot with my mom or a friend and it is definitely one of my favorite things to do! Sharing more soon!

  15. Thanks for the idea to use Build Direct, we are renovating and I have found some great buys on their site already. Your home is beautiful! Excited to see more.

    PS – I used to love seeing your recipe posts, any thoughts on bringing those back?

    1. Oh good, I’m glad you are loving their site as much as I do! I’m hoping to incorporate recipes back in this fall, when my kids are back in school – thanks!

  16. Just gorgeous!!! Love everything! How did you ever choose the floors? They are beautiful! I don’t even know how to start the process….there are so many! Any tips? Thanks!

    1. Many many hours on the computer looking at all the options ha, really though the free samples really helped me narrow things down. Every time I found a floor I liked I put the sample in my cart and then I went through my cart comparing them all and narrowed it down to the ones I wanted to see in person. Hope that helps!

  17. I have to admit that I was so so sad when you sold your home as gosh, I just loved it and everything about it. LOVE where your parents live, too. I sound like a stalker! And then I was not sure I could possibly wait to see what happened with your new home, but ta da! Here is our first inside glimpse and yes, I LOVE THIS ONE, TOO! Thanks for sharing with us along the way and now….hello….more rooms, please!

  18. So beautiful and serene – love the flooring (had been thinking I’d want dark wood floors in my next house because you see them on so many design sites but I didn’t realize the increased upkeep associated with them!). I’m a big fan of gray tones and understated design and you have nailed the look! That way your accessories “pop” – like your baskets of herb plants – such a lovely touch! Can’t wait to tour all the rooms!

    1. Darker floors are so gorgeous and I love the contrast, but man they are a lot of work to keep looking nice!

  19. Love every single detail! Beautiful! I’m trying to pick out a finish for our kitchen hardware. Any chance you could share what finish you used for your kitchen hardware? Polish nickel, chrome, satin…..etc! Thank you so much!

    1. I did Chrome hardware too, which I love and I’m hoping to share soon but I will say it’s not the best with my kiddos sticky fingers. I’m constantly wiping them down, but I don’t care because they are so pretty lol. Can’t be practical about everything ha!

  20. Your home is gorgeous! We share many of the same items! Can you tell me where you got what appears to be driftwood on the top shelf of your white bookcase?

  21. It’s as beautiful as I expected it would be! My vote is for different chairs at the ends of the table, maybe something upholstered to soften the look of all the wood. By the way, I don’t know if you noticed but one of your chairs has dark plastic discs on the bottom of the legs while all the rest appear to be light to match the finish on the chairs. I am so impressed by your ability to make your vision come to life! Can’t wait to see more……

    1. hi karen, the darker discs are just felt pads. I ran out of the lighter color ones but didn’t want to scratch my pretty floors. Man you have good eyes lol :)

  22. Just beautiful as always! Can’t wait to see the rest of the house. I love your style.

  23. I have to admit I keep coming here every day hoping there will be a peek… and yay! Finally. And it is even more beautiful than I expected. You’re right. Those floors are everything. I really appreciate you sharing your home with and am thoroughly enjoying each post, inspired by your well thought out decor choices. So happy for you and your family….

    1. HI Cindy thanks for being patient! I’m trying to get some more posts out (just put up a new one!) my kids are keeping me hopping now that they are out of school for summer.

  24. Beautiful! I’m about to add board and batten to my kitchen walls and I was wondering if you used the same sheen on your walls as you did your trim, since it’s the same paint color. Our trim paint is high gloss, but I don’t think that would look good on the walls.

    1. Hi Laura on all the paneling we did satin paint but our trim is satin as well, I agree high gloss would be tough to keep looking nice on the walls.

  25. I have been following you forever but never comment. I just had to tell you that your choices are amazing and I can’t wait to see the other posts in the rest of the home. I have the Restoration Hardware table that is nearly identical to your dining table. Are your walls actually wood or is there just a vertical wood trim piece? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Tricia, thanks for commenting! The walls aren’t actually wood just drywall and trim and then it’s all sprayed white to look like paneling.

  26. Love, love, love everything! The linear lines in the fifth picture down are AMAZING! And you already put up the boat pic up! I am not much for blogs – yours is the only one I actually read, and TRY to copy constantly. Enjoy the summer in your new home!

  27. Kelly! I’ve loved watching your whole home building process. Your home turned out beautiful. I’ve been eying those wayfair chair for some time. Now I really need to get them. Thanks for sharing all your sources. That flooring is to die for!❤

    1. Hi Lindsay, I had the chairs in my cart for a month ha! Finally snagged them on sale an I do really love them. Now to find end chairs…

      1. Hi,
        Your home is beautiful. Do you remember the name of your chairs? I can’t seem to find them on Wayfair.


  28. Oh my! What a beautiful house! I came here on Diane Hinkler’s suggestion on her site. I can see why she’s a fan.

  29. Congratulations on your beautiful new home! Perfection, just love the flooring and light fixture. Can’t wait to see it all. Many years of happy memories for your family.

  30. Looks wonderful! We have to replace our hardwood floors that were original to our house when it was built in the 1950’s in the next year or so….it’ll take at least that long just to save the money ! So, I love your floors, …what made you choose engineered hardwood over just hardwood? Enquiring minds want to know! ?

  31. Just stunning! The details on the finishes that you have chosen are perfect. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your creation! I’ll be pinning several shots. Like others have said, thank-you for sharing the process along the way. What a perfect time of year to be moving in to the house too. Enjoy the summer months, some of us living in the northern areas will be able to understand if you can’t get to snapping photos and posting of the inside. You have to take advantage of the heat while you can. :)

    1. Thanks Helen, I was able to get a few different spaces shot this week so it should be easy to get a few posts together! But yes I will definitely be enjoying the summer with my family.

  32. That light fixture is stunning and everything looks beyond gorgeous. I can’t wait to see your home decor evolving over time … I know it is going to be equally fabulous and am looking forward to following along!

  33. I LOVE that floor, and as we need new flooring at our cottage, I’d love to know exactly what it is. I followed the link, but it took me to a page of different colors. Is it Dover? Thanks… Love seeing everything you’re doing/have done. ;)

    1. Sorry about the color is actually Robin, we did get the dover sample too but it was a bit too gray for me. Definitely take advantage of the free samples from BuildDirect so you can check out all the colors!

  34. Congrats Kelly! Everything looks. Beautiful. My vote for the dining chairs is 2 different ones for the ends. Just sayin’ ;-) thx for sharing the journey with us!

    1. I’m kind of leaning that way too, I just haven’t found any that I love yet, well that aren’t a million dollars ha!

  35. SO beautiful! It seems like just a few weeks ago that you were posting about your plans to build, and now you’re all moved in! I am sure it has felt much longer than that to you. :) I love all your choices! I can’t wait to see more! Is your flooring the “Robin” color? That’s what came up when I clicked on the link, but the “Dover” color looks more like your photos. It could just be the lighting, of course. Just thought I’d ask since I absolutely LOVE it! :)

    1. Sorry about the color confusion I edited the post above with the color, our color is Robin. It looks a bit more yellow on BuildDirect’s site but it isn’t yellow in person. The Dover is pretty too (one of the free samples I ordered in the mail) but it was a bit too gray for me.

  36. Love love love! You have such great style. Congratulations on the new home. I can;t wait to see more. Best of luck with everything

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