Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Dining Room

I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for her before and after party once again. I like the new look it is giving me of my rooms, and I am loving finding more fun blogs and ideas! I have been in a decorating slump and would like to get out of it. Checking out some of the redos has given me some ideas. I don't anticipate any big doings around here until after the holidays, because Christmas is coming quickly and I don't like unfinished messes at that time. But I think we may have a project or 2 to tackle after that!

The dining room when we purchased our house looked like this. The same beige trim and paneling and dark red purplish walls.
Little beaded shades on the light and 2" blinds on the windows.
It has not been a dramatic change, but I do like it better now. Here you can see that the dining room is directly to your right when you come in the front door. We painted the ceiling, trim and paneling white, and the walls a bright gold.
We have had our dining room set forever...and I am not so in love with it anymore, but I will not be getting a new one in this house. We want to build a house in a few years, and I will be doing away with a formal dining room at that time. So, it doesn't make sense to do anything drastic at this time. This still works beautifully for our holiday meals! {Otherwise we don't use it much which is why I won't have one anymore}
I bought this inexpensive little server for this corner and really like the extra space it gives me for my ever growing dish obsession. I collect tole trays and love this red one I found. It's the only red one I have and I think it's my favorite!
I included this picture to show you the windows. It was the change I loved the most and it's hard to get a good picture looking into the window. We added plantation shutters and I really like the difference they made. So crisp and really played up the pretty shape of the window.
There are a few things I would still like to do in there, for example a little bigger shades on the light would be better I think. That light is the only thing we kept in the room and I did change out the shades, but every time I see a picture of the shades I think they need to be bigger. What do you think?

I would also like to have some slipcovers made for the chairs. Maybe something with buttons on the back. We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by Kim's for more before and afters.

{you can click on any picture to enlarge}


Toocutedobs said...

Pretty, pretty! Love the colors.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the new wall color. What a difference. So much lighter. Your original color was the color in our great room when we built our house 15 years ago. Our taste and color pallette changes thank goodness. Love the plantation shutters. If you are not happy with the dr suite you could always paint it. Thanks so much for linking to my party!

CAS said...

The new color is lovely. It really makes your furniture look beautiful. I agree with you on the light shades -- larger ones would give the light more weight.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, what a huge transformation with paint. Love the wonderful yellow and white. The shutters are awesome. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

I'm saving this in my inspiration file. My dining room has similar colors, but it isn't nearly as LOVELY as yours. I'm going to use it for inspiration.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your mirror and your diningroom really pretty!