Simply Sarah Style Decorating (Part 1): A Rustic Chic Dining Room

I recently decorated an entire house... yes, someone wanted Simply Sarah Style to come in and complete a whole house project. I was honored and had a ball!

This house has great history. It was built by the daughter of the McAlpin family who owned McAlpin's, the department store. It has unique character and has been well maintained over the last 90 years.

I thought I would start by sharing the first space we completed, which was the dining room. I partnered with Steve Hannagen from Brookside Photography to capture the details of this space. (If you're in need of a photography, you must check out his site!)

The photo below shows the space before I began styling.

The owner of the home wanted a rustic chic look. I started with two farmhouse-style pieces she already purchased: the table and hutch. I used them as a base and added bits of glam to balance out the rustic vibe.

She also already owned the clock, the drapes and chandelier. The paint color was there when she purchased the home. She liked it, so we kept it. She also started collecting rugs for a layering effect.

She gave me free to reign to start styling the space and building on what she already owned.

We went for a simple pop of color in the dining room. We used a peacock-colored plates from Pier 1, layered with chevron print cloth napkins from Home Goods.

My favorite piece is the primitive hutch. It definitely brings rustic to the room. I started by pulling glassware and ceramic items from the kitchen. I only ended up purchasing a few new items, which makes the end result even sweeter (and cheaper).

We ordered a Kentucky spellings print from Kentucky for Kentucky. (See the far right.)

You might of noticed the chalkboard artwork. I had the photos taken the same night as the owner's 30th birthday party. We found this list of "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know by the Time She's 30" by Glamour Magazine and added them as art for the party. The list is pretty cute. If you are throwing a milestone party any time soon, I recommend checking this list out.

Items Already in the Home 

  • Farmhouse table and hutch: Custom pieces from a carpenter in Bellevue, KY
  • Drapes 
  • Clock 
  • Antique Dining Chairs: Everything But The House
  • Most Glassware: Everything But The House
  • Printed Rug
  • Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

Items Purchased

  • Upholstered end chairs: Tuesday Morning 
  • Chalkboard: Home Goods
  • Woven Rug: Overstock
  • Peacock Colored Plates: Pier 1 
  • Chevron Napkins: Home Goods 
  • White Round Serving Tray: TJ Maxx
  • Artificial Wheat Grass Planter: Home Goods
  • Wire Basket: Home Goods 
  • Cake Stand: Target

My Obsession with Nesting Tables

After seeing Caitlin Moran's living room in a Glitter Guide feature, I fell in love. Something kept drawing me back. I referenced this living room photo many times during my last decorating project. I adore the layers and textures used to create a homey vibe.

I'm also super fond of her nesting tables.

See Caitlin's full home tour here.

I've decided I definitely need to add nesting tables to my next home. (As an exciting side note, we're getting ready to move to a new home, which means a new decorating adventure!)

Here are a couple I had my eye on for my last project...




And the set we ended up ordering for my client's living room...


We were extremely pleased with the quality when they arrived! 

The client's living room was part of a whole house project I've been working on for the last four months. We actually just photographed her entire house this weekend. Reveal photos to come! 

Calling All Pretty Parties

Do you love to throw pretty parties? Submit your favorite party to Simply Sarah Style! 

I'm looking to feature baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties and any other celebration that inspires others, includes DIY components and showcases strong attention to detail. If you're interested in being featured, contact me at


Summer Styling with Warby Parker

Warby Parker reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new summer eyewear collection. Once I started digging, I was thrilled to learn about their Home Try-On Program.

If you're anything like me, you struggle when selecting the right frame for your face shape. I usually waste time staring at myself in the mini mirrors at the department store trying to decide which frame and color I like the best. It's actually a miserable experience. I can never decide.

With the Home Try-On Program, you can choose five sets of glasses and they will ship them to you for free. Once they arrive, you have five days to try them on and gather opinions from your family and friends. Then you ship them back and purchase the pair you like the best. Talk about convenient!

Here's my top five favorites from their summer collection:
  1. Flannery
  2. Piper
  3. Ormsby
  4. Raglan
  5. Downing

After shopping their summer collection, it got me thinking about my go-to summer collection. In celebration of the upcoming summer season, here are go-to items for soaking up the rays...

My Summer Collection

Just thinking about this collection makes me so excited for summer style! Have you tried out the Warby Parker collection yet?
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