I SPY DESIGNS | Dining Room Makeover



Yay! It’s time for another room makeover! My amazing friend, Melissa (everyone around here knows her as the creator of MilwaukeeHome), moved into a new house with her hubs and baby boy. The home is super cute, but they they had the dreaded statement red wall in the dining room…just like every Wisconsin home not been renovated since the 2000’s. She was using the space as a playroom, but really wanted somewhere to eat dinner as family. So we swooped in with some paint and gave the room a makeover, it’s amazing how a fresh coat can give a space a whole new life!



Can we talk about these chairs!?! I saw them at the Sauder showroom at Highpoint and became OBSESSED with finding a space to use them in. They are the perfect shade green, and the perfect matte finish. They are such a statement, I knew I wanted to keep the rest of the room a neutral palette.


Everyday dining will proooooobably not be as fancy as this setup, but we really wanted to do up the table for their little family. Sometimes it’s nice to go a little overboard for a new Mom 😉  The danger of decorating is I always end up buying an extra set for myself…ooops! So the speckled plates and matte black silverware might look familiar from pics of my house.


We put a shelving unit in a back closet area they were not using, and tuned it into a bar area. I LOVE this “You Are Here” sign (I bought one for my home too), that’s actually a framed tea towel that I found on a trip to Minnesota. 

I am obsessed with the planter, and knew it would be perfect in the corner with a tree, to add a little height and greenery to the room.

I know you all have seen this art before in my bedroom, weeeelll the art I bought for the makeover did not arrive on time for the shoot, so I grabbed this one off my wall, and now it has a new home, ha! Guess it’s time to buy something new for my room #notcomplaining

Shopping credits after the break! 



What do you think? Are the green chairs too bold for you?! How do you feel about a bull staring you down at the dinner table?

Sauder New Grange Dining Room Table
Sauder Matte Green Cafe Chairs
Sauder Spindle Back Chairs
Sauder Boutique Prairie Horizontal Bookcase
West Elm Gold Candle Sticks Holder (no longer online)
West Elm Spotted Plates
West Elm Shape Napkin Rings
West Elm Bar Set
West Elm Cross Base Standing Planter
West Elm Glass Bottle with Wood Stopper 
World Market Bleached Ivory Jute Rug
You Are Here Tea Towel 
Wayfair 3 Light Pendent
Amazon Black Satin  Flatware Set
Minted Staredown Art
If I missed something, leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you!




  1. Daeyz says:

    Love the minimalist palette, and the pop of color from the chairs!


  2. Michelle says:

    What a transformation, wow! I’m in love with those chairs!

  3. Benedicte says:

    Where are the glasses from? I loooove them!!

    1. Jenni says:

      The are for the antique store, but I have seen similar ones every time I thrift!

  4. Sherri says:

    Great idea with the bookcase! Gives good storage without being so heavy and taking up too much space. Love the glasses, where can I find those?

  5. Courtney says:

    It looks so stunning! I love all the decor.

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