Our living room and dining room all are “open concept”, so it is one large room. Yesterday I posted a tour of our living room, so today I’m giving the rest of the room tour.
In the dining room sits a “Library Table” that my maternal grandfather made. It’s a solid slab of redwood and is getting close to being 100 years old.
The design of it is very dwarvish (yes, we’re huge LOTR fans!) and it’s a bit on the smaller side, so we have to squeeze in to eat our meal. When friends come for dinner, we pull out a card table to add some seating.
The chairs are simple Ikea dining chairs, because I haven’t found anything that I love yet and currently, all we need is function. At this point, with small children, having furniture that we don’t really care about means I’m much more encouraging of painting and craft projects.
Under the large window by the table, we have a window seat made from pallets. In it we store all our board games and puzzles.
In the window by the dining room, hangs a stainglass butterfly that was made by my paternal grandfather. After he retired he got into creating these and while growing up, my parents had an orange butterfly of his hanging in their window.
Incorporating family pieces into our decor has been really important to me. I did have to narrow it down to just the items that I loved, as all my grandparents had many possessions. But having just a few special pieces has been a great reminder to me of the relationship that we shared.
On the other side of the dining room table sits our piano. It’s the piano that I grew up with and had been in a fire, but refinished by the school of the blind. My parents took my grandmother’s piano, so I inherited this one.
It’s a beautiful instrument and all 3 of my older boys learned to play. The younger ones will have their turn soon as well.
Around the piano is a collage of paintings. The panda is the only one that is not mine. It’s actually from our friend Sean Thomas, who is currently using his artistic talent to create stunning pipes.
I love bright colors and as you can see, I’m fairly minimalist minded in my art as well. This wall is packed with paintings and I love it.
I know many people think of minimalist decor and don’t expect anything on the walls, or at least very little.
This is our living room/dining room organizer. We struggled for so long on how to refer to it, we finally just named it George. Now, if someone needs something I can say “It’s in George.” and they can go right to it.
In George we keep toys, books, craft supplies, tablecloths, napkins, hotpads, wifi and all charging cords. It’s a large piece, about 5′ long, similar to this one. On top of George is our “inbox“. This is where all bills and papers go that need to be dealt with.
The surface on George is the most challenging for me to keep clear. It’s the perfect height for everyone to set things on. I have to clear it at least once a day and make the kids put things where they belong, not just where it’s convenient.
Above George is Brian’s space. He’s started his collection of sharp things. Currently, there is a sword and a dagger, but he has grand plans for more.
This sword is a replica of one found buried with a viking princess.
Minimalism is going to look different for everyone. Some enjoy blank walls, or only black and white pieces, and some want intricate detail and only a few pieces, others prefer large collections on the walls and very little furniture.
Remember that there is no perfect way. Find your own expression of minimalism and enjoy your space.