Our Belated Dining Room Reveal

Dining Room Reveal | Restoration Hardware | Double chandelier, window treatment | Classy Glam Living 1

I just realized the other day, while I was sharing yet again photos of our dining room on Instagram, that I haven't done a proper reveal of it on the blog.  Did you read about our exciting experience at Restoration Hardware's Chicago flagship gallery?  We love the RH style, and this dining table and chairs from RH define our home's overall style.

We're fortunate to have such a large dining area in a townhouse.  Let me explain how we have designed our dining room to be comparable to our previous larger home's.

The builder has designated this space as a typical townhouse layout.  As you can see below, the space right outside of the kitchen is the dining area, and the living area on its left.

Builder's rendition

Builder's rendition

Ignoring the builder's planned furniture placements, the builder's living/ dining area is a huge open space!  Knowing the dimensions of the layout, I knew it would be a spacious area to use as our dining room. 

But where should we put the living area now that our dining table has taken up the entire space? See the 2 dining tables in the builder's layout?  One is in the dining area and the other in the breakfast nook (bottom left).  We didn't see the need of a breakfast area in our old house, so naturally I've eliminated this one in the new house as well.  As mentioned previously, we designed it as a seating area/ living room instead.  

This was our dining room in our previous home...

DIY wainscoting Dining Room | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

and I was pretty sure the new house's dining area would fit it just right.

This was the furniture layout we planned for in place of the builder's:

Our planned layout

Our planned layout

I've posted my dining room inspirations here, and I'm so glad how it turned out!  Although the dining room of our previous home is larger, I love how much brighter the dining area is at this new house.

New House Dining Room | Window treatment, double chandelier, symmetrical design | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

One of the tricky elements of this dining area is the different sizes of windows.  The set of windows on the left is wider than the patio doors on the right.  Since we're using this as a dining area, we wanted the windows to have a unified look.  

We devised a work-around solution to treat it as one large window wall by installing the taupe swags only on either ends of the wall.  This window treatment makes the room feel larger by unifying the two sets of windows as one.  The set of topiaries and the double chandeliers were placed strategically to enhance this illusion of symmetry.

New House Dining Room | French blue console table, double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

As you can see, the console table is at the same position as in our previous home.  It made sense to have it on the left side of the dining area instead of the right side, which may then block the traffic at the patio door.

These were the chandeliers that hung above our previous home's kitchen island.  We loved them too much and just had to bring them with us to this new house! 

These chandeliers were another tricky point of this dining area.  During our pre-drywall appointment with the builder, we noticed the two light boxes for this space.  They were in the middle of the builder-planned living area and dining area.  If you check the floor plan above, you would notice the lights would be far apart.  

New House Dining Room | double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

We requested the placement of the light boxes in this large space to be moved to accommodate for the two chandeliers.  We marked exactly where the boxes should be.  Although the site supervisor emphasized that he couldn't promise us the location would be exactly as marked, they were pretty much where we wanted them to be...  4 ft. apart above the centre of the dining table.

And yes, to know where to mark those light boxes, we had in mind the placement of our dining room furniture in this space.  We had a rough idea of how far the dining table should be away from the window wall, and how much space should be between the dining table and the console table.  That was how we gauged where the light boxes of the chandeliers should be.  

These are what I would call minor but essential details of our planning phase.

New House Dining Room | French blue console table, double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

And since we don't have a home office, this is where I have my (usually messy) work area as well.  Yup, I use the Mr.'s rock glasses for my fave lemony San Pellegrino.   It makes my water look that much prettier!

This is the breakfast area turned seating area.  Notice there's no TV on our ground floor.  We've always wanted it that way, even at our previous home.  We're not serious TV watchers and I find it a nuance to work furniture placement around a TV.  Instead, we had banished the TV to our basement family room.  It's a calmer home without having to talk to each other over TV sounds.

New House Dining Room | Living room seating area | French blue console table, double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living

The walls look bare without any wall treatments.  Eventually the Mr. will get to building the wainscoting and re-painting our main floor.  I'd much rather have our storage issues addressed before we attempt any improvement projects on aesthetics.  You can see the Mr.'s DIY wainscoting at our previous home's dining room here.

New House Dining Room | French blue console table, double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living
New House Dining Room | French blue console table, double chandelier | Restoration Hardware | Classy Glam Living 2

I think I've covered most of the design elements of this dining area in our new house.  Well, it's not so new anymore; I can't believe September would be our first year anniversary at this house!  It's time to celebrate!

Oh that reminds me of this important part of our dining room...  our bar cart!

New House Dining Room | Elegant bar cart styling | Classy Glam Living
New House Dining Room | Elegant bar cart styling | Classy Glam Living 2

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room + Video

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirror doors | Classy Glam Living

Sometimes a DIY project can be so huge that it consumes much of your "me" time and every ounce of patience.  Even the best of DIY'er, no matter how much s/he enjoys the project, would want to get it done and move on to the next project.  I can see a bunch of you DIY'ers nodding your head in agreement.  I feel for you, and the Mr. can relate.  

Our DIY closet/ dressing room was one such monstrous build.  The Mr. worked on our closet tirelessly, after work and on weekends.  In between the miscellaneous projects I threw at him (my bad) and other commitments, (did I mention he was also the coach of our son's hockey team?), he managed to stay afloat.  Although it took longer than he expected, the build is now complete, AND the chandelier installed.  WOO-HOO!

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 1
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 2
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 3

To mark this special occasion, we've put together a video that documents the blood and sweat that went into the building of this closet.  It's funny how this closet required so much detailed planning, that the Mr. was amazed he had done it all while watching the video.  

(Please scroll to the bottom of this post for a source guide.)

After he came back from his much-deserved amazing guys' trip last month, I again had a bunch of "stuff" lined up for him. Putting up this chandelier was one of them.  It's the cherry on top; what the closet/ dressing room needed to feel complete.  The sparkles from the chandelier compliment the sparkly glass pulls on the doors, and bring out the gold tone in the drawer hardware.

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 5
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 6
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 7
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 8
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, acrylic mirrors, glam DIY closet, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living 9
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, view of built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray on vanity | glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

If you've only started to follow our blog, allow me to backtrack a bit.  This closet came to be when we made a request to the builder of this new house to delete the wall that separates the "his and her" closets, so that we can create this dressing room.

Turning his and her closets to a dressing room | Classy Glam Living

The closet's design went through several iterations and changes, and we ultimately ended with our current design.  We were very into the boutique style closet for a long time, and even researched the DIY possibilities.  However, we leaned towards a closet of closed storage, so that I can hide my mess!  

So we blended these two sources of closet inspiration:

Image via Atlanta Homes

Image via Atlanta Homes

... any Sex and the City fan would recognize Carrie Bradshaw's dreamy dressing room from the movie:

Image via Marks & Frantz, set designer

Image via Marks & Frantz, set designer

... and we created our own version:

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, pull-out folding table, glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

Now, this is a dressing room fit for a princess; one who demands that there's a spot for all her specific storage needs.  (Did I just describe myself?  ;-P )

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Crystal chandelier, pull-out folding table, glam DIY walk-in closet | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Pull-out tie rack | glam DIY walk-in closet | Classy Glam Living

While making the DIY start-to-finish video above, I witnessed once again the Mr.'s persistence to complete this project.  I never doubted his ability to build this closet, and like I mentioned in the previous update, the closet turned out to be even more beautiful and elegant than I had imagined.  I hope he knows that I am immensely proud of this monstrous undertaking.

Well, that's precisely one of the reasons why I started this blog, so that I would be reminded again and again of the Mr.'s dedication to making our house a beautiful home.  For this home, this custom closet/ dressing room is the first step to making this home a classy and glamorous one.

Understandably, building from scratch isn't for the faint of heart. But we've also done an easier dressing room in our previous home with IKEA PAX wardrobes. All you need are some mouldings. Check it out here! 

(Scroll down for source guide)

We hope we haven't kept you waiting for too long for this final reveal of our DIY custom closet/ dressing room!  Here are the previous updates of this DIY project:

Update #1

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Classy Glam Living

Update #4 - lots of detailed shots in this post

DIY Custom Closet Dressing Room | Acrylic mirror doors | Classy Glam Living

Source Guide

  • The closet frames and drawers were constructed from maple wood for sturdiness.

  • Paint color - Benjamin Moore's Sidewalk Gray @ 50% tint

  • Hardware - Glass door pulls from House of Antique Hardware; vanity glass knobs from Lee Valley Tools; brass drawer pulls from Gingers Bath.

  • Marble adhesive - Amazon (affiliated link)

  • Acrylic mirrors - Plas-Tech Inc.