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A Dining Room Makeover using Instagram Stores? It’s Possible!

The dining room has got to be the most under-utilised area of the home (or am I just eating dinner on the couch way more than I should be?), and I think it has something to do with the lack of attention we give it when it comes to decorating.

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Because dining rooms are thought of as more functional areas, it stands to reason that we don’t make the zone look as amazing as it could. Instead, we focus our attention on the living room or bedroom, where we can introduce plush textures, loads of colour and lots of pattern.

TLC reader Connie Sharpe is going to give you some amazing dining room ideas, by sharing a transformation she completed that can best be described in one word: wow.

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Dining Room Ideas you can Steal from Connie

“The dining room was a dull and aged space,” Connie explains. “There were apricot coloured walls and orange Cyprus timber floors which needed a freshen up”.

The dining room was a relatively small space, too, so Connie needed to make the most of the area and be smart about what she did with it.

“I wanted to add a feature piece to make the space feel bigger and have that wow factor. That’s where the long planks of timber shelving came in”.

Connie got a lot of her dining room ideas from Instagram, which she calls the “interior inspiration bible”. She’s a huge fan of supporting local, so mixed in handmade gems with more mass-produced furniture pieces.

“My style is light and airy,” Connie says of her home; a style she ensured was inherent in all of the rooms so they flowed and made sense from a design perspective. It’s a wise approach to do this in your adjoining rooms so that your home feels resolved on a whole.

“This room was my least favourite area of the home,” Connie admits. “After this transformation, I can proudly say it is now my favourite area. I feel like this area alone screams my style, which has set off the whole living and dining area as these are adjoining spaces. 

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Products Used in the Dining Room Makeover

Connie used a lot of pieces from her own business, The Timba Trend.

She also nabbed items from Zilvi, Interior Motives, Toucan, Whistle Dixie and Cheeky Reubens – which are all Instagram stores.

She also used some decor from Pillow Talk to finish the look.

>>> Has this makeover given you some dining room ideas for your own space? Drop a comment below and share what you’re loving about Connie’s transformation.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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5 Responses

  1. Hey Chris, great post! I would love to know where the beaker holder (vases) are from…I have checked all the above sites and I can’t find them:-)

  2. I have a lovely dining room which has a picture window overlooking our garden. It conveniently connects the lounge room and the kitchen. I have recently updated my dining chairs with kubu wicker chairs from House and Garden and a white Hemnes sideboard from Ikea which gives it a whole new look.

  3. I love my dining room – however it isn’t a separate space it is all part of the open plan family area. We try to eat every night at the table or the kitchen bench. I have a three year old and I really wanted to lay down the rules that table for eating – couch / coffee table was not! That way I can still have pretty things other wise they would get trashed. i like to always have fresh flowers on the dining room table it just makes everything so much lighter!

    1. Oh Chon you did well to lay down the ground rules early. I am so lazy… I always find myself heading toward the sofa at dinner time. I do have a lovely dining table, and up until a few weeks ago I got back into a routine of using it all the time for dinner. Must focus on this again!

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