Softening The Dining Room With $200

Last month I showed you what I would do if I hadย $200 to blow in my living room. Today I’m back with another imaginary $200 shopping spree – this time the focus is on my dining room. In my house the dining room is part of an open living space that includes the kitchen and living room, so the colors need to flow from one area to another. Here’s my dining area as it stands today – simple and a little sterile.
Dining Area Before via ComeHomeForComfort.comAt first glance, I thought it would be hard to find $200 worth of decor to add in this small space. Once I got going, I didn’t have any trouble reaching the $200 mark! ๐Ÿ™‚ My goal was to soften the dining area with color and pattern. Here are the pieces I would add to my dining room if I had $200 to blow!

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Total Spent: $198.38 OR $202.02 – depending on which plates I choose!ย 

Watch my video below to find out why I chose those items and to see how I’d work them into the current room. I’ll also share the way I approached thisย project that simplified decorating for me BIG TIME!

If I find myself with an extra $200 in my wallet, I know what to do with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 thoughts on “Softening The Dining Room With $200

  1. I love the wall quote too and the polka dotted/floral plates. The slip covers would be incredibly easy to make. You could find fabric (or your mom could) or even find a large tablecloth on clearance or a thrift store and cut that up to use. I have made covers for folding chairs and that was obviously more complicated than these, but truly, it would be as easy as pie and you would save beaucoup bucks!


    1. Yes, my mom has already tried to convince me that making slip covers is the way to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I had that money to blow, I would go the easy route and just order them…but in reality I’m sure I’d take your advice and make them. I like your idea for a clearanced tablecloth!


  2. Those plates are adorable!!! I got my mom a bowl in the floral plate design for Mother’s Day, and she loved it! Secretly, I wished I’d have gotten it for myself. Might have to splurge sometime soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your corner has a lot of options because of the neutral wall/table. I’ve been fascinated with slipcovers but haven’t tried them yet. Cute choices!


  3. Love, love, love the wall quote! I would definitely begin with that if it were me! Also, I like the polka dotted plates the best, they would look so cute on your wall!


    1. Well thanks, Stephanie! I SO wish I sounded more Southern and I think it’s so cute you expected that from me. I spent the first 17 years of my life in Indiana, so no Southern accent for me, no matter how badly I want one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, I love my new shirt! It’s from Cents of Style – the adult size is sold out, but I’m wearing a kid’s large ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Love those plates!! Our everyday dishes are white so I love collecting fun dessert/salad plates to change things up a bit. Could your mom do a workshop and teach us both how to sew?? I’d love to be able to make slip covers for pillows that no longer match my decor ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Yes,$200 does not go as far as it used to!! My DIL has a window frame like yours and she displays pictures/cards in the frame. I will watch your video later…I am becoming addicted to VLOGS.( hey its better than most tv!)


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