Dining Room Tour - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dining Room Tour

Finally - another room tour! It's been nearly a year since we shared our office makeover and today we're at long last here to share with you our dining room (or music room/library/everything room.)

In addition to the living room, we spend a lot of time together in the dining room. This is pretty much the central room of our house - it connects the living room, kitchen, and hallway leading to our front door, bedroom, and bathroom. Huge pocket doors separate this room from the living room, however, we usually keep them open and try to create one large living space.

The most recent addition to this room is the vintage ladder we snagged from the house next door. We're using it to hang all of our cute little air plants. You can read more about the ladder and air plants here, or check out how to make those awesome geometric mobiles!

Moving clockwise around the room you'll find our futon and record player. On the futon we keep our DIY studded pillows and super soft knitted blanket that I made. In front of the futon is our chalkboard coffee table!

On the wall above the futon we hung all of our Circa Survive albums. I've purchased each album on vinyl as it was released, but don't have the heart to open any - they may be worth a lot someday! They're also just awesome to look at. Esao Andrews does all of their album art and it's always so unique and vibrant.

Next to the kitchen door is our bar cart, our framed War of the Worlds vinyl, and the room's only window. The bar cart was a Craigslist find that we couldn't pass up. It was already painted this light mint color when we bought it, so we decided to keep it as is.

On the opposite side of the window, you'll find our little eating nook and a couple more DIYs! We shared our table and chairs makeover on the blog last year, as well as the hanging lights. You may also remember the hand-stamped curtain and if you look closely, our dyed cloth napkins are there too!

In case you haven't noticed thus far, this room is full of little projects and things that we've made. To be honest, I don't think I even noticed it until writing this post, but now that I do it makes me love this room even more. I love creating things that make our home feel like us, and I think this room is a prime example of that!

Moving along to the wall opposite the futon you'll see our large, wooden fireplace. This is one of two fireplaces in the apartment (the other being in the living room), and it adds so much character to the room.

A couple years ago at Christmas I added the faux fire and never ended up taking it down. I love the whimsiness of it! Neither of our fireplaces are functional, so I'd rather have fake fire than none at all! The upper and lower mantles are home to our small (but hopefully growing) globe collection and several books that have outgrown our shelves.

The last stop on our dining room tour are the colored coded bookshelves (also shared on here previously!) This is my favorite part of the entire room. I love the bright pop of color and of course, I just love our books! I think a book collection is a great collection to have and I can't wait for ours to keep growing and growing. Someday maybe we'll have a house with a little library (dream big!)

On this wall we've also hung Nick's guitars, bass, and banjo. We love having his instruments out on display and having them hung high on the walls really draws your eye up to our 10 foot ceilings. The pretty grey chair there on our chevron rug was a thrift store score that I shared about last year!

That's about it! I hope you like this room as much as we do. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments and we would be happy to answer them!

Sarah & Nick


  1. I love your vintage ladder so much. The hanging air plants are perfect!

    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

  2. LOVE your living room. The ladder & hanging terrains are adorable!! And I'm a sucker for mouldings and hardwood. Off to peek at your office tour! xo