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A New Look In the Dining Room!


This post is in partnership with Blu Dot.

More lately than ever, our friends have been saying, your home is so close to done! What’s next? Although the list of rooms on our to-do list is the shortest it’s ever been, we don’t even consider the rooms that we’ve shared done done. As our needs from room to room change, so does our home, and honestly, that in itself is one of our favorite ways to show this house some love. With every tweak, it always feels like a sigh of relief afterwards; what a difference that made!, we’ll say. It’s fun to mix things up, and knowing myself far too well, I’ll continue to swap pillows and chairs and rugs for as long as it makes me smile. Luckily, Scott enjoys the decision making process, too. No room is off limits, and that’s all part of the fun of finding our home’s style.

All this to say, for the last year or so, our dining room has felt slightly… off. Our chairs were a flea market score – one of the first furniture purchases we made for this house! – and although we loved their look, we were growing weary of how heavy they made the room feel. Paired with our wood table, we were constantly trying to break up the space with brass trays, vases and plants, but we always felt that we were just missing the mark.

Recently, Blu Dot invited us to the grand opening of their new store in Chicago, and we began counting down until the unveiling. We’ve been collecting their catalogs for years, although catalog is a term I use lightly, as it’s really more like a collection of beautiful, minimal photographs (on the prettiest matte paper to boot). They opened their doors in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this past November (at Armitage and Clybourn for our local friends), and it was every bit as dreamy in person as we imagined it to be. Being on the hunt for the perfect dining room chair for months and months, our eyes and minds were wide open that evening as we sat in every chair, and we fell hard for Chip. So handsome!


That same night, we brought home samples of their fabric, and we considered everything from purple to gunmetal, white oak to walnut. Initially, I wasn’t sold on owning upholstered dining chairs, but being able to feel the fabric in person had me changing my mind almost immediately. The fabric is thick and hard-wearing, and after putting it through the wringer (i.e., testing spills and clean up!), I was sold. After several days, we were still torn between pewter and gunmetal, and the store manager offered up an in-home trial, something they’re happy to do for all us indecisive folk in the world! We were sent home with a gunmetal chair, and that sealed the deal. The color itself is a dark grey, but there’s a strong warm undertone that keeps it from feeling cold.


Most importantly, compared to our previous chairs, Chip feels so much lighter! The style is so simple and sweet – cute, even – and our dining room no longer feels jam packed.


If you’re new to Blu Dot and don’t have a store nearby, we encourage you to visit them online! Their items are as efficient as they are good-looking, and every last detail is executed beautifully, from materials to packaging. The night of the opening, we were honored to meet the Minneapolis based founders, and their enthusiasm was downright contagious.


The best part? Blu Dot wants to share the love, so together with their friendly team, we’ll be giving away a $400 shopping credit to Blu Dot! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those in the United States and runs through Friday, January 13th until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!

How would you use the credit? Let us know in the comments below! (The chunky Rook lamp and marble Free Range table are high on our wish list!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is a collaboration with Blu Dot, a brand we can’t recommend highly enough. Blu Dot generously provided us with our Chip chairs, and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to bring fresh content to Yellow Brick Home!

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  • Gladys1.10.17 - 6:48 AM

    Gorgeous pieces. I would love to get their 2 door credenza for our living room.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin1.10.17 - 7:29 AM

    I love the hot mesh patio chairs. I’ve been wanting to get some patio dining furniture for our screened porch for this spring!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda1.10.17 - 7:45 AM

    I love their barstools!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa1.10.17 - 8:01 AM

    So much good stuff at Blu Dot… LOVE the Chicago Lowboy in Walnut.ReplyCancel

  • Carol1.10.17 - 8:05 AM

    Too indecisive to say what I’d get – haha!ReplyCancel

  • CC1.10.17 - 8:53 AM

    The Swish Console desk is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Mags1.10.17 - 9:30 AM

    Just moved to Chicago (hey neighbor!) and I’m amazed at how much more space we have – and how much more furniture we need! I’m loving the large mirror mirror for our bedroom and the dipolmat sleeper sofa for my office balcony!ReplyCancel

  • Alleira1.10.17 - 9:35 AM

    We’ve purchased a bunch from BluDot – a low dresser and their king sized bed with storage, among other things. Great quality furniture and the design is stellar. If we won the gift certificate, I think we’d probably buy a Turn stool or the Turn coffee table. Or maybe we’d splurge and get something bigger since it would be a substantial discount. Anyway – love BluDot! Great partner for you guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.10.17 - 9:46 AM

      LOVE the Turn coffee table – and thank you for the kind feedback, Alleira!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart1.10.17 - 9:52 AM

    I drove by the new store a few weeks ago and it looks amazing. I cannot wait to poke around inside. I’ve been searching for a durable, kid friendly ottoman for a while and the bumper looks like it would be perfect.

    Love the chairs you guys choose! So cozy for fun dinner parties.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda1.10.17 - 10:33 AM

    I’ve got my eye on the hot mesh chairs for my enclosed patio!ReplyCancel

  • Risa1.10.17 - 10:37 AM

    So many amazing choices but I am leaning towards the Splash Coat rack in slate or whiteReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia]1.10.17 - 10:40 AM

    These are so beautiful and your photos are crisp, yet soft–all my goals!ReplyCancel

  • Erin1.10.17 - 10:43 AM

    Oh my, the Knicker Chair. It is a beautiful example of how good cruelty-free faux leather can look.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Darling1.10.17 - 10:46 AM

    I’m actually shopping for dining chairs right now and I like the Hemstad chairs in blackReplyCancel

  • Holly Edwards1.10.17 - 10:50 AM

    I love the rugs!ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.10.17 - 10:52 AM

      Right?! The Cush rug has been a longtime favorite. We’re just running out of rooms to put it in, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Page1.10.17 - 10:59 AM

    Okay, so I’ll just everything off their website! There’s so many things I would love. Either and lounge chair or a cool mirror for my dining room. Of course I’m always a sucker for rugs and accessories.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie1.10.17 - 11:21 AM

    I’d use it to help my Mom get her dining room sorted. She’s been in limbo for ages with a table that’s too big for the room and chairs that are too short for said table. I know she’d love to start fresh, and this would be a great jumping off point!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle1.10.17 - 11:33 AM

    We purchased our first Blu Dot piece recently – the Pi Large Side Table – and absolutely love it! My only complaint is that they don’t have a store in Michigan. I’m on the hunt for a new coffee table and am in love with the Free Range Coffee Table (fingers crossed!).

    The new chairs look great in your space – and awesome giveaway!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.10.17 - 11:42 AM

      I couldn’t believe it when I found out they were opening a store here! We’d been watching the building go up for months wondering what it would be – needless to say, we lost our minds when we realized it would be a Blu Dot. :DReplyCancel

  • Laurie1.10.17 - 11:44 AM

    I love the TDH leaning mirror!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Abeln1.10.17 - 11:46 AM

    Ooh! I’m dying for the one night stand couch-so guest can sleep over comfortably in our small apartment!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce1.10.17 - 11:54 AM

    Love Bludot, i’v purchased my media console from them and it looks amazing! I have my eyes on their dining tables and chairs for a while now… do you mind sharing where you got your dining table from?ReplyCancel

  • erin1.10.17 - 12:29 PM

    We have that exact table. It is the BEST table! love that chair you chose. I think we’d go with the bright green in that style!ReplyCancel

  • Agata1.10.17 - 12:44 PM

    I love their real good copper barstools! So beautiful and unique. I love going to the outlet store in Minneapolis every weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadia Kaplan1.10.17 - 12:46 PM

    Beautiful. And love the chairs. Great work :)
    Have a lovely day.ReplyCancel

  • Sammy1.10.17 - 12:51 PM

    love those chairs! at first hearing purple was a choice I was surprised until I opened it and saw that it is a really nice purple! those chairs are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Anne1.10.17 - 12:55 PM

    We have the nook which we absolutely love – if we were to wine we’d probably look at more dining chairs, we currently pull in our outdoor furniture when we have a big crowd.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey1.10.17 - 1:03 PM

    Inquiring minds want to know– what happened to the old dining chairs? I understand why you replaced them– but they are so fabulous!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.10.17 - 1:06 PM

      They found a happy home after we listed them in a Mid Century Facebook group – it was bittersweet!ReplyCancel

  • Kandy1.10.17 - 1:51 PM

    I’ve been coveting two of the copper Real Good Chair forever for my dining room. I have vintage Bertoia chairs and thought those would make great dining table head chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Ewelina Los1.10.17 - 2:02 PM

    Hang 1 Drop Mirror… or Laika Medium Pendant Light… or Snowmobiles print!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette1.10.17 - 3:05 PM

    Dang Media Stand….all the heart eyesReplyCancel

  • Danielle Adams1.10.17 - 3:46 PM

    These exact chairs!!! As soon as I saw this picture without even reading the article those chairs were calling my name! Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea1.10.17 - 4:02 PM

    I never thought I would want an oval dining table, but I LOVE the Swole in Smoke. And the Clutch chair in Smoke/Pewter??!! Swoon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon1.10.17 - 4:12 PM

    An amazing coffee table for sureReplyCancel

  • Vanessa1.10.17 - 4:26 PM

    A rug is most likely what I would go for but it all looks good!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Teal1.10.17 - 4:38 PM

    Love the Chip chairs, so simple and clean!ReplyCancel

  • Ro1.11.17 - 3:13 AM

    Look great.
    I have been looking for a mirror for our entryway and the hang 1 large round mirror would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Frank1.11.17 - 7:43 AM

    NEAT chair. Need or want? Probably both.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey1.11.17 - 8:56 AM

    My husband and i just closed on our first house yesterday (!) in WI after living in Chicago (Pilsen) for many years. I’d love to use the credit to help purchase the Modern Black Pedestal Dining Table for our awesome 1968 eat-in kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Kira1.11.17 - 1:58 PM

    Ooooh love the new chairs – the perfect shape and size! And SO excited about Blu Dot’s new store in Lincoln Park (a little dangerous since it’s so close to my house!) Happy Wednesday!



  • Trude1.11.17 - 3:11 PM

    I’ve been wanting to create a nice landing spot in our apartment, so I’d probably put it toward that stunning Branch Bench and some pretty hooks/shelving. :) Loving those chairs you went with!!ReplyCancel

  • Aurora1.11.17 - 4:09 PM

    Those ladder hitch bookcases are beautiful and great that you can add on as you need.ReplyCancel

  • Gill1.11.17 - 6:38 PM

    I’m setting up a home office, and would love the Swish Console Desk as a solid foundation to my soon-to-be functional office nook!ReplyCancel

  • Paige1.11.17 - 7:10 PM

    I love that table! It’s perfect!


  • Rebecca Gill1.11.17 - 9:06 PM

    Bedroom furniture!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany1.12.17 - 7:15 AM

    I am all over the Paramount Daybed, and adding the the Hot Mesh chairs for my patio.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda1.12.17 - 10:16 AM

    I would use the credit towards some new dining chairs! Love their options. I have been searching forever for new ones.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda1.12.17 - 3:45 PM

    In the middle of a full on kitchen Reno… it would be great to be able to chuck the dumpster dive in the dining room for a new branch table. (Your dining room looks amazing!)ReplyCancel

  • KATHLEEN1.13.17 - 9:49 AM

    That Copper Real Good Chair has stolen my heart for MONTHS,
    the D3 Modern Wood Bookcase, in walnut/gray would look amazing in our living room, that stilt Floor lamp in walnut makes me swoon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara1.13.17 - 1:40 PM

    I would get cozy chairs for our living room!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki1.13.17 - 3:42 PM

    Your new chairs! Love them!!! ?❤ReplyCancel

  • Sandi1.13.17 - 5:26 PM

    I need some family room chairs!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah9.7.17 - 3:21 PM

    Hi! I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled onto it and love your candlesticks! I checked the “shop your home” page but don’t see them – would you mind sharing where you found them?

    • Kim9.7.17 - 3:26 PM

      We got them at Target quite a while ago, and sadly, I don’t see them on their site anymore!ReplyCancel

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