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Mini Dining Room Update + Modern Map Art

TGIF! The house is clean, dinner is cooked, deadlines have been met, and workout is done. I’m ready for the weekend. Yahoo! Today, I thought I’d share our mini dining room update. I’ve been showing sneak peeks on my Instagram stories the last few weeks, along with this cool modern map art that was sent to me. It was the inspiration behind this room refresh – veering on a minimalist aesthetic with just a touch of gold and a little bit of pattern. Here’s how the dining room makeover went.


Mini Dining Room Update

I gotta say, this has to be my current favorite part of our small apartment. Decorating a small space was tricky, especially coming from a larger space with bigger furniture and lots of decor. We traded in space for convenience (not to mention the savings), and we’re totally happy with it. Sure, I go crazy at times, trying to figure out how to fit all of our belongings. And that is why I wanted to embrace minimalism.


From Maximalist Glam to a Minimalist Aesthetic

If you know me or have been following me for awhile, you know I love glam and all the fun and whimsy decor you can think of. I can no longer count the pineapple things I have at home. I have a million candles, and lots of gold trinkets and what not. My table runner is always some kind of fun print (like pineapples, hello!!!). But I’ve always wanted black and white, even back in our home in Texas, it has always been my color theme.

So I wanted to stick to that color palette, and minimize what I got going on in terms of decor. What I lack though, is wall art (since all of them are stored back in Texas). So when Modern Map Art offered to send a Pittsburgh map print, I got pretty excited! It’s got that black and white theme I wanted, and it’s got that modern minimalist vibe. It inspired me to remove the pineapple runner and tumblers, gold plate/tray, and whatever I had on the table as a centerpiece.


I went with a simple round black lacquer tray (under $20!!!) and added 3 things: 2 gold wire balls and a pot with faux succulents. Don’t judge. I have real ones too. AND after taking these photos, I decided I prefer to display fresh flowers instead of faux succulents. I also kept my marble coasters in the tray so they’re easily accessible. So as far as centerpiece goes, that’s everything.


When it comes to the curtains though, I switched the plain white to this black and white print. I know plain is more minimalist. But I just thought I had to introduce some kind of pattern to kind of match the pattern in the wall art. It just brings the whole look together IMHO. Oh, and did you notice the new gold curtain rod? If I had more budget, I would have switched to a modern gold lamp too. Haha! But that’s for another day!


P.S. Notice my Starbucks tumbler is also a Pittsburgh print? Black and yellow!


I’m so happy with our dining room refresh. And this Pittsburgh map print is so well made and the quality is just awesome. It already brought bright and sunny breakfasts, and cozy dinners to life.



So, what do you think of this mini dining room update? It’s simple and clean, just the way I like it. I hope you like it too, and I hope it inspired you to do some decorating as well. What’s your style and aesthetic when it comes to the home?

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Now, next on my list from Modern Map Art- a Dallas map print! Thanks to Modern Map Art for sending this beautiful print!

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  • Reply Milissen January 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Cozy 👌🏼

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