Searching for the Perfect Dining Set

I’m currently shopping around for a new dining set since our old counter height table has seen better days. We bought it back in 2006 for our first formal dining table.

At the time I was in love with the counter height look even though it wasn’t well thought out with having little kiddos being around. The color of the wood was ok with me back then since it was a natural golden color and neutral like the chairs taupe microfiber fabric. I hadn’t really established my style and buying furniture for my home was exciting no matter what it looked like!

Buying a new dining set in my 30’s feels completely different! I know exactly what I want and I will be making it happen!

Here are some requirements for the new dining set.

  • Add some rustic/farmhouse charm!
  • The table color should be a dark walnut or a similar finish.
  • It needs to seat all 5 of us plus extend to seat 8 for guests.
  • The chairs need to have tufting on at least 4 of the chairs because I love it!
  • The swoop arm chairs draw me in so there is a couple of options to include this style.
  • Possibly add a pattern or color to the end chairs.
  • Find the look for less!!

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These photos inspire me and help guide my purchase by figuring out what direction I want to go.


Pottery Barn



Decor Pad


The first places I like to shop are World Market, Pier 1, Wayfair, Pottery Barn (mostly inspiration), One Kings Lane or Joss and Main, and Target.

Here are the tables in the running!

Home Decorators

Home Decorators

World Market

World Market


One Kings Lane

And here are some great chairs that I’ve found! More than likely I will do a mix and match from more than one place to get the exact feeling I want.

World Market

World Market



Home Decorator

Home Decorators



Pier 1

World Market

World Market





I’m really loving the World Market Greyson Java extension table that retails for $799, but it’s on sale for $500 thru this week. It has the dark distressed coloring I love and it extends to seat 12 people! Holy batman that’s a lot of people!

Tufted chairs make me excited for my new dining set. What do you think about having mostly tufted chairs with different end chairs possibly in a pattern? Or I could get the wooden chairs from Target and have the tufted chairs on the ends?? Ohhh, I’m so excited, but I can’t decide! Sure it is very formal when the tufted chairs are added, but I love the formal feeling for a nice family dinner.

I want to hear your opinions so sound off! I highly recommend the Greyson Java Table from World Market since I’ve seen it in person and it seems solid and well built! It’s #1 on my list at this point and I need it in time for Christmas. šŸ™‚


Products Sources

Home Decorators Table

World Market Greyson Table

One Kings Lane Reclaimed Wood Table

World Market Chair

Wayfair Chair

Home Decorators Tufted Chair

Pier 1 Patterned Chair

World Market Teal Chair

Target Wood Chair

Target Tufted Chair

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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    chris aka monkey says:

    all of your examples are wonderful in their own way, just one but here ha ha, the clunky legs on the table seem like they would get in the way and the bar across the bottom will get scratched a lot from feet, the one kings lane tables leg look better to me and you could stain the top in the dark walnut quite easily I think, I love the world market pattern chair and I am sure you could find tufted chairs to match for the ends, so that’s my opinion lol xx

    • Chrissy says:

      Thanks for your reply Chris! I love the world market chairs also and I would love to have a print somewhere in the seating arrangement. The table is tricky because my gut says the Greyson Java will serve me well, but I see what you’re saying about the leg issue. I personally like to have a place to set my feet under a table. My childhood table had a bar across and my feet were always resting in the middle. šŸ™‚ So many decisions! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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