What’s the Cost of Getting the Look? Dining Room Edition

by Nicki on April 4, 2017

We are often asked about budgeting for a project so we have created some blog posts that we hope will explain a little more about what to expect to budget when you are planning for a decorating project. Here is a dining room we completed for our #simmonsforge project.  It turned out beautiful, don’t you think?

photo by @alisonkowalksiphotography

We didn’t start here though! It was an empty room.  The client expressed their needs and weighed in on fabrics and ideas along the way.  Here is a look at the floor plan that we presented to our clients.

This dining room is essentially a 14 x14 square which makes it 144 square feet.  The items needed are;


2 lamps

dining table

8 chairs

a 10 x10 rug would be ideal but this is usually custom

3 pieces of Art, 1 large, 2 small

3 pairs of window treatments and hardware

In this case, the light was already installed and the walls were painted white so we were all set.

Sometimes when thinking about a budget it can be a simple way to come up with a number to use price per square foot.. but you must also keep in mind your personal preferences on quality, the age of your children and how much use the items will get.

And let’s not forget fabric!  It can be so expensive, but it’s often the jumping off point in a room or the thing we fall in love with!

photo by @alisonkowalksiphotography

To get an idea of what our client’s view as normal we ask a few questions… one of them is “How much would you pay for a lamp?”

Budget A: If you are a Home Goods Shopper than your answer is probably $80.00

Budget B: If you are familiar with Pottery Barn Pricing  their table lamps range $150.00- $299.00

Budget C: What if I told you that the gorgeous lamps pictured here retail for $347.00 each? Splurge or Save?

You can find these lamps here http://www.shopcandelabra.com/regina-andrew-design-fluted-lamp-robin-egg-blue

photo by @alisonkowalskiphotography

That’s where it’s really helpful to have a designer in your corner.  We have access to many vendors and much better pricing . Yes, you have to pay us a fee, but we are here to help.  No, we did not pay retail for these lamps! That’s the thing – we can purchase “Budget C” lamps for “Budget B” prices. Our goal is to make the space as beautiful as possible and not break the bank. There are no rules and we enjoy mixing some items from all budget ranges.

So back to the square footage idea….

Since we know that this dining room is 144 square feet here’s some budget’s to consider;

$25/sq foot $3,600

$50/sq foot $7,200

$75/sq foot $10,800

$100/sq foot $14.400


Nicki and Teresa

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda Roush April 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

That was so well written and totally answered those hard to articulate and ask questions. And the room is beautiful!!!


Nicki and Teresa April 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

Thanks Amanda! We appreciate your kind words. Stay tuned for some more blog posts in this series.. next up is What’s The Cost of Getting the Look… Master Bedroom Edition


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