KitchenLabShabby-chic Style Dining Room, Chicago
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Make a master plan. Once you know what you need to do, decide how you want to execute things. Do you want to go room by room, or would it be better to do a big overall project, like giving everything a fresh coat of paint? This is where it’s important to be clear on your energy level, budget and personal style before you dive into anything.
Wabi-sabi isn’t French country or shabby chic. It's more of an attitude than a style. Intimately tied to Zen Buddhism and the Japanese Way of Tea, it presents home as sanctuary, simple and without clutter or distraction. This kitchen's double-hung windows and camp-like air give it a clean, modern wabi-sabi look and feel.
7. Dining staple. One word can sum up the centerpiece of any farmhouse dining room: sturdy. As the main event in this space, the classic farmhouse dining table was generally handmade and lovingly passed on to family members. Get this look: If you don’t have a family heirloom (or the funds for a wooden table), a large wooden cutting board can make a great foundation for any rustic centerpiece. Take farmhouse design’s mix-and-match motto to heart with a collection of eclectic chairs, too.
A note on chairs: These days, there is no need to match your dining chairs to the table, or even to have a set of matched chairs at all. If you have your eye on pricier chairs but can't afford to buy them all at once, fill in with inexpensive flea market finds. Paint them the same color for a cohesive look or leave them as is for a quirkier, more eclectic feel.