Rustic + Refined Dining Room

By Kate Riley August 12, 2013

A few months ago I was approached by World Market to partner on a room makeover – they inquired if I would take their products and completely redo a space top to bottom. Um * ahem * “Yes!” I replied being a fan of their store for over a decade. I had the perfect candidates in mind – a very deserving family. 

My friends Cheryl and Jay are teachers and they’ve spent many years teaching in the local school system. They bought a house last year with a formal dining room and have wanted to entertain friends and family but didn’t have the time or budget to pull a space together. CG and World Market to the rescue!

The plan was to introduce contrast, color, pattern, and warmth to the room by mixing classic elements with rustic finishes. I used the window panels as the jumping off point for the entire space, pairing grays, plums, and yellows with warm metallic sheens.

rustic dining room makeover


The plan included a rustic dining table and mixed seating (I love those hourglass gold tables used as stools!), various wood finishes, a layered plum palette, and a casual table setting.

world market dining room plan

Here’s what the dining room looked like two months ago when I started:

dining room before


Here is the dining room totally transformed!

dining room makeover with world market

We added the tongue and groove wall treatment in July and I painted above it a contrasting charcoal gray with a hint of taupe (Glidden’s ‘Arrowwood’) pulling the paint color from the fabric in the window panels.  Favorite elements?  Where to begin… let’s start with the fabulous sideboard.      

I absolutely love this Everett table and its weathered finish – it’s a great bargain for such a statement piece at $255. The table is skinny and long and oh so perfect for adding style and storage in a dining space. Use it as a place to set dishes or beverages or simply to create a happy vignette.

fall side table vignette


sideboard table with chalkboard


sideboard vignette


One of the newest additions to the World Market collection is this golden Taj wine rack with a trellis motif – it would make a wonderful housewarming or holiday gift!

wine rack and amethyst vase


On the table, cheerful yellow painterly plates are mixed together in a casual setting with various wood tones that include the faceted silverware and bead chargers. The hints of yellow and plum in the Ikat window panels inspired the palette. The purple botanicals and olive branches are just clippings from the yard.

purple and yellow tablescape


layered yellows in place setting


yellow place setting


The one piece that these owners wanted to stay in the space was the family’s chest inherited from a beloved uncle. I love its rich detail and the significance to the couple so it was included in the dining room space design. The piece will be used to store linens and other dining room accessories when not in use.

family chest in corner

Above we added a meaningful trio of pictures. This family vacations every year in Yosemite National Park so inside of the three frames are images of the Park in different seasons.

framed pictures above chest


The new light fixture is a tone on tone gray chandelier hung 30 inches above the table for ambiance – it plays a background role given all the patterns and accessories in the room.

cpwm chandelier


chalkboard on sideboard


dining room makeover centsational girl

Best part of all, our families dined together last week in this space, officially breaking it in! 

shop the look: greyson dining table / greyson chairs / amethyst rugeverett foyer table / hourglass gold metal drum table / grey vintage chandelier / curtains from floral ikat duvet / chenille throw pillows / taj wine rack / farmhouse chalkboard / cutting board / amelie twist basket / amber vase / feather spreader / conical cloche / curtain rod / amber dinner plates / painterly geo salad plates / painterly chevron bowlssawyer silverware / ecru crochet napkin / addie wall frames / kamali lantern   candlesticks and beaded chargers were clearance items and are unavailable online

The room gets the home’s Pet Seal of Approval !

sissy on chair


** This post in partnership with World Market, styling and photography by yours truly, all opinions my own (like how amazing World Market is to give the gift of this space to a deserving family).

Don’t forget you can enter the World Market $5K Spruce up my Space Sweepstakes, entry details here and if you win it it just might be little ol’ ME that shows up at your door to help you makeover a room in your home and then takes pictures of the before and after and shares it with the world. I hope one of you wins! .



  1. That is so beautiful. I am trying to put together my dining room and there is so much inspiration here! I know the family will love it so much

  2. WOW!!! I love how you pulled this room together! I saw the drapery fabric when I was at our local store last week and wanted to use it/see it in a room. What a super nice thing to do for your friends! :)

  3. Fantastic Kate! You should really design people’s spaces professionally!!!! Have you ever thought abou that? Your really talented Kate and I bet a lot of people will try to avail of some of that talent for sure!

  4. Fantastic Kate! You should really be a professional decorator/stylist for more people! have you ever considered doing something like that? I bet a lot of people will try to avail your services!

  5. Absolutely beautiful! I love the plum and gold. It’s classic, but oh-so-up-to-date.

  6. Absolutely amazing! I love the colors you used (we’re using those colors in our master bedroom). I’ve been eyeing those curtains at WM so it’s nice to see them hung in a home. And those gold stools! Such a beautiful addition. I bet the family is just estatic!

  7. lOVELY!! I especially love the rug! Quick question – in the before photo of the dining room, you had a shelf unit in the corner. Do you know where you got that from? We are looking for something like that with no luck for our living room. Thanks!

  8. It looks amazing! Love everything about it, the table, chairs, curtains…all perfectly put together.

  9. Oh, I LOVE THIS!!! Beautiful job, Kate. Now I need you at my house…. come on World Market Sweepstakes, be a winner!! :)

  10. Great job! I’m curious if you think the Greyson chairs will be difficult to reupholster if the fabric gets dirty. I love the look, but it looks like the studs might make it challenging. Thoughts?

    • I would slipcover them before reupholstering them Ruthie, just my thought!

  11. GORGEOUS!!!! Kate you are soooo talented. Love this dining room.
    And …. we are following a couple of your winery suggestions when we head your way in Sept.!

  12. Love it – what a great job!! Makes me want to visit my World Market and see what I can find!

  13. This is a total transformation and it looks fantastic! Such a great thing to do for friends. Kate would you mind sharing the software or app you use to visually plan the room? Thanks.

  14. Beautiful space! I’m sure that family is feeling so blessed to have you decorate such an amazing room for them!

  15. Absolutely beautiful warm and lovely. A room one could truly enjoy
    a meal with family and friends. The merchants at Cost
    Plus World Market just keep getting better season after season.
    Unique, affordable and always on trend.

  16. wow! you have an excellent ability to pull together, style and photograph a room!! I would like one of each and wouldn’t mind you to come put it all together! guess im going to sign up for that sweepstakes!! great job!

  17. As always, perfect. You are so talented!! You know just what to combine to make a beautiful room. Photos are great also.

  18. Kate, one of my favorite makeover you’ve done! I also have been a fan and customer of Cost Plus for over a decade. I’m on my way to enter to win!

  19. Beautiful dining room space!! I was just at World Market this weekend and I am in love with all the jewel tones!! It’s the color scheme I’m using for my daughters room :). Perfect timing! I love all the purples!


  20. I’m officially jealous!!!!!! Have been trying to design my living space, I just don’t have what it takes I guess :( Lucky friend.

  21. I absolutely love this room. The colors are my favorite and are the ones I have in my den. The room is so welcoming! Gorgeous, really!

  22. So freaking fab! So amazing that you chose teachers who are so deserving of so many good things. My faves – the rug, table and those stools. Now please ask World Market why they closed the store in South Florida! I miss em so.

  23. Stunning! You are so talented! I miss this store, sadly there are none in New England.

  24. You are so darn lucky to get this opportunity and then to share it with your friends, wow. You have such a big heart Kate, I love that about you. World Market is the best! You did such an awesome job on their makeover, I bet they are over the moon. I might have to snag some of those stools for my daughters apartment, they are just too cute.

  25. Oh my goodness, does everything you touch turn to gold? This is beautiful! I would love to recreate something like this in my own home.

    What a great thing to do for your friends! :)

  26. STUNNING. I was showing my husband the before and afters and he couldn’t believe it either… the purples, grays and golds are just incredible together. Perfect, Kate. :)

  27. Kate,
    My favorite color is purple, plum almost all along those lines and I find it so hard sometimes to decorate with those colors without it looking either too feminine, dark or little girly. You have created a space I want to copy down to the last detail. It is gorgeous and the perfect balance. I am redoing my bedroom and dining room & am going to use this as one of my inspirations! Thanks!

  28. Lovely Kate! I was at World Market two weeks ago, found great bargains and friendly, helpful people. Thanks World Market!

  29. Could you share the name of the program/app used to do the mock up image? I’d really love to know. Thanks. Beautiful work!

    • Hi Kasey, I use Photoshop Elements to layer everything on top of each other in the “the plan” image.

  30. Wow! What an unexpected color palette! The room came together beautifully, and the chest of drawers that the family owned prior to the remake is perfect with everything.
    Great work!

  31. I want this room! Gorgeous. Purple is my least favorite color, but the way you used the plum has me changing my mind. I love how you incorporated the metallics into a rustic space. Love your work. I follow you on Pinterest.

  32. So lovely! I’m heading over to World Market right now!! It’s within walking distance too… I am planning to make a detour on my evening walk….

  33. Gorgeous – as always! I love the color combos and all of the accent pieces, especially that wine rack!

  34. What a beautiful room…..your teacher friends will make lots of happy memories there! I enjoy your blog. Thanks,

  35. oops- that is, I love the colors. The Wainscotting makes such a difference and the styling and photos are top notch as well. Kudos.

  36. I love that room! Do you know the approx dimensions of the room? It is so pretty!

  37. WHAT and AMAZING Difference!!! WOW! I’m not a fan of plum or purple… but…. now I’m re-thinking it!!! :D Great job!! (crossing my fingers that I will be blessed with a room make-over!!)

  38. Gorgeous – never would have thought to put those colros together and it works fabulously!

  39. Hi Kate! I was just wondering if you would be able to tell me the height of the bead board in the room? I am currently adding bead board to my dining room and am having a hard time deciding on the height. Thanks so much!


  40. I love you work Kate! We are planning on completely redoing the Great Room (Family Room/ Dining Room area) We had a West Indies look for years, and we sold everything. We now have a huge room that we can play soccer in!!!! But I want to redo it all with a whole new look and style! I love World Market and plan to get the majority of items to redecorate from them. Thank you for your inspiration! We just saw the sweepstakes and signed up for it!!! I’ll try my best not to go out and buy things yet … waiting now to see if that Sweepstakes comes through!!!! I hope you are the one that shows up at our door!!!!

  41. What a beautiful transformation. Can you please tell me where I can find the aqua bottles on the bottom shelf of the console table? Thank you so much.

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