Our dining room redesign with a modern mix: white + warm

Like many first time home builders, when we moved into our house three and a half years ago we didn’t have the extra funds to fill every room. And even if we would have, I learned my lesson on impulse decor decisions with our first home. Don’t do it! Therefore, our current dining room remained pretty bare the last four years. As much as it drove me nuts to stare at the big blank grey walls, I appreciate the time we spent getting acquainted with the space. It really helped us figure out the direction we wanted to go with custom designs and decor.

I love both giving and receiving inspiration, especially when it comes to home design. So, for the love of sharing here’s a look at before and after our dining room redesign.

{BEFORE}

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My goal was to create a modern yet warm and inviting, bright and cozy space for family dinners and entertaining. This fall we were able to see our dining room dreams come to fruition. I’m extra grateful that we completed it in time to host Thanksgiving this year. Just as long as no one breaks out in a pumpkin pie fight on my fresh white walls (wink)!

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We updated the space with a DIY faux white brick wall, reclaimed wood dining table, super affordable white eiffel style chairs, and a custom dry bar by Franklin Builders.

{AFTER}

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My oldest son now asks to eat dinner in this room (versus the kitchen island) every night. You mamas know that stopping kids in their tracks from playing and getting them excited for a meal is a challenge at times. Family dinners are high priority in our family, so I would consider this redesign a win in many ways. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends at whatever dinner table you are!

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Baby boy fashion alert: keepin’ it comfy + keepin’ it real

Our littlest man, Luca, is almost nine months old! I cannot believe I’ll be planning his first birthday in just a few short months. It’s like they say, “the days are long and the years are short,” right mama’s?

In the meantime, we are having so much fun learning all about him! Luca is an observer, yet he will make his voice heard, especially when trying to keep up with his big bro. He’s not super ticklish, but when you catch the right spot he has a hilarious love/hate to be tickled laugh. Our little love is a snuggler, but is also on the move crawling and climbing to stand on ev-er-y-thing.

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Elijah newborn lifestyle session: sparkly eyes + sleepy snuggles

I recently had the privilege of experiencing my first newborn photo shoot. At almost two weeks old, baby Elijah was still in sleepy snuggle mode but wanted to peek around a bit at his new surroundings from time to time. However, I didn’t mind snapping some shots of his sweet little sparkly eyes! I’m honored to have captured these precious moments of Elijah’s first weeks in the world. What a blessing he is!

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A fall family photo shoot: flannel + foliage

What to wear, what to wear…it’s always a big question when it comes to finding the perfect outfits for your family photo shoots. In the fall in Minnesota we are mad for plaid! Check out a few photos from this cute family’s session, that I had the privilege of photographing, in their cozy fall getups including the cutest plaid toddler high tops. I mean, couldn’t you just squeeze this little dude? This {now} dad has been a second little brother to me since he was in like the 2nd grade. It’s so much fun to be part of capturing his sweet family’s life.

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A boho-inspired one year photoshoot: feathers + fringe

Wishing my very special ONE-year-old niece a very happy birthday today! I cannot believe a year has flown by since this sweet girl was born. I love her more everyday! A few weeks ago I had fun setting up boho-inspired one year photos that her mama dreamt up. It was the perfect summer night with the sun beaming through the trees and I was able to catch this cute little hippie girl’s spunky and sweet personality in action (biting mosquitos and all)! The girl knows how to get the job done at her shoots, what can I say? #babygirlmodel

Here’s a peak at this beautiful baby girl’s session (featuring her handsome daddy and gorgeous mama)…
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