Dining Room Update: A Pop of Color from Wayfair

Disclaimer: I received free products from for the purposes of spotlighting them in this post. The ideas and opinions below are my own.

We are a beige family.

I recently had the chance to choose some items to bring a “pop of color” to our home from and when I looked around I realized that the only room in the house with color in it is the office/playroom. Absolutely every other room from porch to living room to bathroom is either white or beige. We are color deficient.

I think in my decorating scheme, I was thinking that it made sense to stick with neutrals so I could change the accents and shift the look of the room occasionally. The only problem is that I never did add the accents. (Unless you count a multitude of kid toys as accents, in which case we’re featuring a heavy dose of Doc McStuffins purple around here.)

After browsing Wayfair and realizing that I was really going to have to narrow it down to an area, I decided to redo our porch. I sort of missed last summer being stuck indoors on pregnancy bedrest, so I am beside myself at the prospect of spending lots of time outside this season. Right now, we have some dark brown furniture with beige cushions sitting on a tan rug. (See what I’m saying with the neutrals? It’s no wonder that most of my closet is brown.)

Here’s what I decided on while I was shopping:


Sunrise Flourish Lantern // Zuri Doormat // Indoor/Outdoor Diamond Canary/White Rug // Circle Lattice Garden Stool // Outdoor Living Pillow in Tangerine // Monti Outdoor Pillow in Leaf // Citronella Yellow Tea Light Candles

Then, this funny thing happened. I was just about to check out when I spied a little photo link to the sunniest, happiest set of cushions I’ve ever seen. They were bright yellow, looked wildly comfortable, and reminded me of all the yellow I loved in the inspiration photo I used for our dining room when we redid it two years ago.

That’s when I realized that we’ve been using the same sad dining room cushions that I whipped together two years ago, even though they aren’t comfortable. They were made quickly with the idea that I was going to replace them once I found the right fabric and had time to make cushions. I make plans like that sometimes when I forget that I have young children and don’t have time to shower. So, the sad little cushions hung around.


We spend a huge amount of time at the dining room table since we eat together for pretty much every meal and I sit at the table to work while Eva does crafts or workbook pages. In fact, we spend more time in the dining room than we do in the living room ever since we got rid of Netflix and Hulu.

I had to have them. The porch will happen soon, but the dining room was far too overdue. I mean, look at the difference!

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Talk about a pop of color changing the house! I don’t think I realized how drab the dining room looked until I saw the photos. It helps that I swapped out our grown up fancypants marble eggs in neutral colors for a basket of cheerful plastic Easter eggs. Eva was quite excited.


I really feel like the space woke up. It’s also much more comfortable to sit on the benches now so we’re doing a pizza and board game family night to welcome the new cushions. Plus, they’re really easy to clean because they’re suited for being used outdoors so the kids won’t completely destroy them before the month is out. Yay for little updates that bring so much joy!


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What do you think you could with $100 to bring a little joy into your home? One of you is going to find out, because Wayfair gave me a gift card to give away to a lucky reader. (Thanks, Wayfair!) All you have to do is leave a comment and fill out the entry form below. Bonus entries if we’re connected on Facebook and Twitter!
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NOTE: Be sure to put an actual link to a product on for your comment to count as a contest entry! (If you left a comment without a link, feel free to comment again.) Thanks, guys!

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  • Reply Jenn

    love your dining room! very cozy, great use of space!

    April 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I have always wanted to get stuff from there, but haven’t yet. The mini makeover looks great!

    April 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I would love this to give the bedroom a little update!

      April 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm
      • Reply Carly Morgan


        April 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thanks, we’re enjoying it!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Sam

    Love the bright colors. They really make your cozy space pop! I’d love a new area rug for our apartment.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I’d love a new rug too – our rental carpet is quite sad.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Katelyn Bronson

    I love those cushions! Since my husband and I got married a couple years ago, we’ve been trying to find “our” style and find was to merge our pre-marriage furniture. So far we’ve done pretty well with the bedroom and living room but our bathroom is a wreck! I would use the gift card to get matching towels and accessories for our bathroom.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Karen

    We had a LONG winter – I’m excited to see bright colors like your dining room. Can’t wait to do a refresh in our home!

    April 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      It was a long winter, wasn’t it? I think it’s making me twice as excited about Spring! (Well, that and the fact that I missed Spring last year…)

      April 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Mindy

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see what else you do. It’s inspiring.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan


      April 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Annie Bolduc

    I suck at decorating and never realized how just adding a touch of color like the yellow cushions could transfer a room!

    I love Wayfair! I am now pregnant and have been looking online almost daily and dreaming at all the things I could get…I’m crossing my fingers 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Oh, I did so much online shopping when I was pregnant…

      April 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Very nice!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Jackson

    Wow! Where do I begin? There are so many beautiful things on that site! These pillows for starters could really make my home pop!

    April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Amy

    I would live to give those yellow cushions a try in my house!

    April 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      They’re lovely!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    This is beautiful Carly! I just re did our guest room to accomadate for my nephew who should be here from a few days to a few weeks. He is a tricky little boy who can’t make up his mind when he wants to meet everyone. The only thing I don’t have is somewhere to keep him when I steal him from my sister! 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      So sweet of you to be such a good aunt before he even arrives! I hadn’t seen that Wayfair had playards.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Mandi Plese

    I love these planters! We’re redoing our outdoor space. I love bright colors outside, it makes the house look fun and inviting.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I worked on our back patio today and now I’m wishing I could win this gift card. So many beautiful things on that site that would help!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply tiffani

    Oh our dining room needs color too! I have a new house and no money to decorate. I’m thrilled to be where we are but I can’t wait till we get it to feel more homey.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I have to admit that we’ve started house hunting and I can’t decide between getting the bigger house or the smaller house with the extra cash cushion for filling it up!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Dana

    We’re about to move (and buy our first house!)– and I would love this anchor pillow!

    April 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Very nice!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Stevie

    I need me some color in my ultra-neutral abode. Been this way for far too long.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Lila Allen

    Love the cushions… They really make the room brighter

    April 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Christy

    Everyone who sees my FB knows my dogs are spoiled rotten. So I definitely need two of these nice pet loungers to help keep them cool as the days get warmer.

    In the interest of something for ME, I think I found the perfect piece of decor to finish my kitchen (after four years!). This little sign would be fabulous!

    April 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Tiffani

    I’m in desperate need of a bench for out front…this one is perfect!

    April 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Brandice

    Love it your dinning room looks fantastic!

    April 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Carla (@charliesue)

    BRILLIANT update to your dining area! It’s so cheerful!

    I think I would spend the money on these little shelves- they’re begging for some DIY action! 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Jill

    The yellow was a good choice! I also love the bookcases in your dining room. Very cozy!

    April 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Christie

    Would love to put it towards a crib for my little one on the way

    April 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Amber

    Those cushions really brightened up your dining area, they are awesome! I’ve seen ads for Wayfair but have never explored until now. I’d definitely get a new bed set to brighten up our bedroom like this one

    April 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I would love this:

    Perfect for my bathroom revamp!!

    April 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Kim

    I’m house hunting right now, so this would be amazing!! What *couldn’t* I do with a $100 gift card? 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply pebbles

    i would love to update my house! i have a new house and more room so i have some empty space. this chair would go PERFECT in an “entry room” type environment i want to create 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Love the yellow!

    April 9, 2014 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Mindy

    I actually really love the Garden stool! It would be perfect for our family room as a side table.

    April 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Cris of Kiss My Tulle

    I’ve fallen in love with that yellow rug in your mood board and need it:

    April 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I know, I need it too. Not sure if I can sneak it under the household budget radar but it would be PERFECT for summer…

      April 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Diane K

    For my husband. Sorry if I linked incorrectly.

    April 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      The link works! Nice choice!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Sarah S

    Love the pop of color! I’ve been working on bringing in color lately, too. I had the same idea you did, of a neutral room with colors as the accents…but somehow those accents never happen!

    April 10, 2014 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Accents are kind of intimidating. I always feel like it’s such a commitment to pick something out that’s supposed to represent who we are… (maybe I’m overthinking things like bookends and mail trays just a bit…)

      April 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Want to come over and redo my house? I love what I did with the place…it just needs something

    April 10, 2014 at 4:35 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Does it need sticky handprints? We’re pros at that.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Its nice to see warm spring colors again. I’m so excited for warm weather and days outside. This brings the warmth and sun inside.

    April 10, 2014 at 5:03 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lanigan

    Great giveaway. I love your yellow cushions. I recently discovered wayfair and would love a gc to actually buy something.

    April 10, 2014 at 5:31 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I’m also a recent Wayfair convert. I don’t know how I missed them before.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I’m just about to move into my first big girl apartment, and this ottoman would give it an awesome pop of color without taking up too much precious space.

    April 10, 2014 at 5:47 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Congrats on your move! I miss my first big girl apartment so much…it was much cleaner than my life is now…

      April 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I just bought a new couch for my living room and I would love to accessorize with some great colorful pillows such as these:

    I would also LOVE a nice floor rug to really complete the room, such as this one:

    April 10, 2014 at 7:40 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Love that rug!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Michelle Ortiz

    This looks like a great place to get stuff…thanks for the tip, I have been looking for ways to make a big impact in my house without breaking the budget…and this is something I will definitely be looking at! 🙂

    I would love to win, but either way, I have some great info 🙂 So I win either way 🙂

    April 10, 2014 at 7:46 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      🙂 Glad I could help!

      April 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Looks amazing! Love the yellow because it really brightens up the room!

    April 10, 2014 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Sara

    The yellow cushions are adorable!

    April 10, 2014 at 11:11 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I love them.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Carrie Murray

    Love your decorating style. We just bought a house and I am struggling with decorating the super late ng living room!

    April 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you! I would classify my decorating style as “cluttered” but we’re making it work.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Jessica {from Petite Lemon}

    The yellow looks AWESOME!!!! I love the ideas you had for the front porch too – but I think the cushions were a totally awesome choice. The dining room looks FABULOUS.

    April 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Aren’t they cute? And much better to sit on. We’ll have to take our tea in there the next time you’re over.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    It’s amazing how much just that little bit of yellow makes the entire room look different! Well done!

    Ever since we moved, our walls have been hurting with decor. I would love to have this hanging in our bedroom!

    April 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      That’s pretty!

      April 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Amy

    I love that you decided on the living room instead of the porch! looks great!

    April 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Eden

    I love makeovers that don’t break the bank. Your choice of yellow really brightens the room. And, I know exactly how I’d spend $100 from Wayfair if I win: a pop of color in my formal dining room. Color seat cushions would really help pull together my purposefully mismatched dining room chairs.

    April 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I love mismatched dining room chairs. They always remind me of Friends.

      April 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Annie Bolduc

    I just saw the note saying we needed to show an actual link to a wayfair product – I may be too late, but just in case, I would use the gift card for this: (or at least, help pay for it!)

    April 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Not too late!

      April 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Meagan

    LOVE the yellow! It really brightens up the room so much! We are beige people too…

    I love everything on this site! It would be so hard to choose! We have all hardwood and are in some desperate need for an area rug!

    April 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Love it! I think their rugs are my favorite part of the site.

      April 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply JR

    There are so many cute things from their site, and a few that I have pinned just waiting for some spare change to show up so I can splurge. However, I am going to post the one thing I have wanted for a while (and might, with the help of tax return money, be able to convince the hubby to let me get).

    Our coat rack just snapped a few weeks ago, so all our stuff sits in a pile by the door. Not exactly the first thing you want people to see. lol.

    April 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Eve

    We’ve been wanting to update to a king….:-)

    April 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    I LOVE wayfair and would have a house full of “color pops” if I had the $$$.

    April 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Amy C

    We desperately need a bigger bed so I’d put it towards something like this one because it matches the rest of our bedroom decor:

    April 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    OK so I’m crazy about kitchen stuff. We’re doing our kitchen with red accents. I went to and I was immediately drawn to:

    April 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Heather Hays

    I would LOVE a large rug to define our dining area (our whole living space is just one big room) and put some color in the space. I’m a bit hesitant on color so this would be a fun way to step outside my comfort zone. Also, we’re renting so we can’t paint. This one would be amazing:

    April 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Wendy love this owl doormat 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Brandy

    Love it!! We just moved to LA (from Australia!) so a little bit of help re-setting up a home would be perfect! 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Alaina Prisbrey

    If I won, I would love to get a pouf for our living room! Our apartment is 700 sq ft, so we don’t have much space. A pouf would be a great way to add seating without taking up too much space! Our apartment style is very clean, rustic, and vintage, so I thought this pouf would look PERFECT! 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Nicola

    I would love to get some toss pillows like this one to brighten up my house.

    April 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Marissa

    I love the way the adding the cushions made the room look so different! we are moving next month and i would love to add something like that to the new house!

    April 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Chrysty

    The pop of color made such a HUGE difference! It looks fabulous!

    April 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Michelle Ortiz

    I have already commented, but I think I forgot a link…

    I’m currently working on our back deck and have my eye on this: 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Marissa

    i would add something like this

    I love the coloring and as a family who loves to cruise it would be perfect to remind us of all of our travels.

    April 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Becky VanBuskirk

    Oh my gosh I love that orange lantern! It reminds me of something from Pier 1!

    April 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Julia Latza

    I have wanted a picnic table outside for years! I would definitely get this

    April 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kristi H

    Love this! You did a great job! We just bought a house and I can’t wait to start decorating! (after the wedding next month of course 🙂 )

    April 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Beth E.

    I’ve never looked at that site before. Really cool stuff. I love:

    April 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Love Wayfair! Been flirting with pulling the trigger on this for a month now.

    April 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Jenni Gargano

    I will take one of everything!! I have never been on that site before. I LOVE this site! I think since we are looking to expand our family, we would use the giftcard towards this.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I need a new rug and I would love this one!

    April 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I LOVE the yellow cushions. It is amazing what a pop of color will do to a space. I am getting married this summer and can’t wait to combine our lives and start decorating our new home. Regardless of if I get the gift card or not, I will be checking out Wayfair for some great stuff.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Carrie Muray

    I forgot to post a link on my first post! I would splurge on a light for my dining room. It is my favorite room full of wonderful things I inherited from a friend and would love a great light to help finish the room!

    I would pick:

    April 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Mary

    I LOVE color and am looking forward to decorating my new digs once my home closes next month. I’m obsessed with the stools! and LOVE the patio furniture….

    April 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Danielle Forrest

    After starting to build our dream home, we had to back out and move into an older home that is in some desperate need of redecorating/remodeling. There is nothing on the walls yet and there are no pillows on the couches. The coffee table is from my college days (I am now 37), is falling apart and has teeth marks and hot wheel skid marks from three very active boys. There are so many things I would love from but to start off I would purchase some bright, fun pillows like these:

    Even though I know my wild three boys will probably have a pillow fight with them, at least it will be a stylish pillow fight. 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Evi

    Love the difference those cushions made for your breakfast nook. I’d probably go for something like this. I’ve been looking for a second rain barrel and would def prefer something that doesn’t look like a rain barrel.

    April 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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