A friend of mine asked me why I don’t share more of my own house here on the blog, and all I can say is, I guess I’m a little shy about it. It’s not finished and is in so many stages of incompletion that I feel like I’d rather wait until it’s all done. But she said people like to see the transition, and I know I like to see that in other people’s homes, so today I’m sharing. I thought I’d start with the dining room as it is the most complete room in the house (that being a relative term!)
Here is what the dining room looks like today. I recently had the woven wood shades installed which I’d been wanting to do for many years. So far we’ve painted, installed the shades, purchased the new antique dining chairs and the reproduction chandelier, and added the two prints on the wall over the buffet.
Here is where it was a short two years ago! I absolutely hated that wall color from the moment we painted it and was thrilled when it was finally gone! The drapes are the same, I just removed the swags one night at around midnight in a spontaneous mood of “I can’t look at those anymore”! The chairs here are mid-century modern hand-me-downs that I grew up with (ugh!) and why I had them so long I will never know. And of course the chandelier was way too small for the room. At this point in time we had a mirror over the buffet, but there have been at least a half a dozen things on this wall over the years. (Excuse the photo, I’m obviously decorating for Christmas here but it was the only one I could find that showed this much of the room).
Below is just after I first purchased the antique chairs, had re-painted and added the chandelier. I also moved the mirror to the living room and moved this antique oil (which was originally in the family room) here. I think the lighter walls are such a huge improvement!!