Why heirloom dining tables are worth the splurge and the best table shape to make a small dining room feel bigger.
This post is sponsored by Bassett Furniture.
I can’t believe after a summer of hard work in this space, we finally have the classic modern dining room furniture of our dreams!
What started out as my and Robert’s simple conversation of, “We really need to replace this wobbly broken Facebook Marketplace dining table” morphed into “What if we got a dining room table we could one day pass down to our girls?”
Suddenly, our furniture hunt turned into an extra important task, and before we knew it, we were designing a dining room set made to last for generations with Bassett BenchMade.
It comes with a bit of a back story though. You see, my great-grandmother’s dining room table that my mother inherited currently resides at my parents’ house. One day, that colonial table will be passed down to our older daughter, Olivia.
But since we have two little girls, we thought it would be special to have an heirloom-quality dining table just for our younger daughter, Regan, too.
It would be a table where our family would gather around every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and birthday, a table that would hold so many special memories and needed to be solid and well-made, just like my great grandmother’s.
So Robert and I selected the solid oak Owens Oval Dining Table to marry the age of our house built during the mid-century modern era in 1960 as well as help our 14’x14′ dining room feel more spacious with its oval shape. (If you ever have a small dining room on your hands, choosing a round or oval table will provide more room without sacrificing capacity.)
In May, we traveled to Bassett, Virginia to see our table being crafted in person by BenchMade artisans.
Witnessing the building of our table that we know will be a piece of family history for us and our girls made this entire process beyond words for me.
And now here it is finished in our home! Look at that gorgeous wood grain!
The Summerfield Oak finish is absolutely stunning and is the perfectly versatile mid-tone to work well in any color palette.
We chose these Brooke Arm Dining Chairs in Sunbrella Performance Texture Alabaster fabric to make them as durable as possible. And the Rollins Oak Side Chairs in Brandy Oak finish are the perfect classic shape built to last.
Sitting in these chairs at this table just brings us peace knowing it can withstand decades of love and will be in our lives forever.
We decided to keep our thrifted footed grasscloth buffet we worked so hard on last year though. 😉
Since installing the picture frame molding, painting the navy walls, hanging the curtains, and scoring our secondhand shaded chandelier, this now classic modern dining room has absolutely come to life!
We still aren’t quite finished with plans still ahead in the coming weeks to hang an antique style scenic mural around the room. This Woden Rug‘s geometric design that reminds me of my Scandinavian roots will play perfectly with the organic mural once the paint on the walls cures.
After a couple of years of trial and error feeling out our style, this room finally feels like home. I breathe deeper in this space knowing this is “us”. The wait to get here has been so worth it.
I know this style is not for everyone, and it has come a long way from how we used to decorate 8 years ago when I started this blog. But the best part of finding your style is once you do get there, you don’t feel the need to second guess it. Home should feel like home.
Because home should always reflect the hearts of those who live there. This dining room does that and will continue to tell our family’s story for years to come.