Our Dream Dining Room by Kendall Simmons

InteriorsLibby RasmussenComment

A month or so ago, Style My Pretty Living featured an epic dining room designed by our new favorite, Kendall Simmons. The room features bold patterned wallpapered walls, bright and vibrant hues and playful seating arrangements perfect for one dreamy dinner party. (Praying for an invite!)
Take a peak and make sure to catch some of the great tips Kendall gave SMPL!

Tip: If you are starting with a blank space and don’t know how to get started, commit to one bold item (a wallpaper or piece of artwork for example) and build the rest of your selections around it. This gives you a rallying point and keeps you from veering off track!

Tip: When stocking your bar, be sure to purchase liquors that come in beautiful, colorful packaging (not just the ones that you drink regularly). This adds visual interest and contrast to your bar, and who knows, you may discover something new that you’ve never tried before! A perfect example of this is Bombay Sapphire gin because of it’s vibrant blue color.


Tip: Original artwork doesn’t have to break the bank. Search your area for local artists who are just beginning their careers. You can often find their work at small local galleries, or art sales benefiting schools or charities.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to load down your dining table with oversized accessories. Most people only use their dining rooms a few times a year, and when those times come it’s quick and easy to relocate the large accessories to another room in the house so that you can set the table for dinner.


Photography: Catherine Truman | Bar Cart: Ballard Designs | Cactus Photo: Minted | Dining Settee: Lee Industries | Dining Table: Restoration Hardware | Geometric Mirrors: Target | Homeowner: Natasha Stoneking | Host Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Interior Design: Kendall Simmons | Lamps: Shop Candelabra | Large Original Art: Erin Mcintosh | Rug: Anthropologie | Side Chairs: Ballard Designs | Small Pair Original Art: Ed Nash | Wallpaper: Schumacher