Thursday, February 20, 2014

Punched up dining room

You're probably saying to yourselves "Here she goes again with that dining room." And you may be eye rolling. You'd be pretty much in line with my family, then, who is unfamiliar with the rapid rate of tweaking and change ups happening in my humble abode. I mean, usually a person tweaks, and then there's a finish line. There's not a "let's start again, go a whole different route" line. But, you know, these things happen. I'm becoming the queen of Before/After/Better After....Best After.

I'm a start you off with the Best After.  This is where we are now, and where i hope we stay.  

Previously we were here, with the Better After.


And it was all because of this light fixture.  As it often is, am i right?  I thought it made the room feel taller, and brighter, and lighter.


But then all you saw were RED CURTAINS. Loud and yelling and demanding all eyes on them. Opposite of lighter and airier.

And now it's all like, ahhhh.  Pattern, and light colors, and nothing SCREAMING at you.


New gallery wall pattern (before there were just sconces with red candles on either side of the mirror).


Just to reiterate with the SCREAMING RED curtains.

And letting the light fixture lead after.

Let's consult the archives-this was the old fixture that was special order, man.  i loved that thing.  But we never hung it as low as we should, and it gave off an orangey glow.  Note the sconces and wasted space on either side of the mirror.

Here we have our very first after, along with aforementioned orangey glow and table runners turned window valances.  Don't say this gal ain't crafty.
 

And our very first before, when the dining room was a bedroom.
You've come a long way, baby!  I think (nay, i know) your tweaking days are over.  Of course, i did declare success in the debrownification of the living room, and well....you'll see.

In case you're new, and are wondering why there's a victrola in the corner...

source list: gray curtains: homegoods, light fixture (previous) lowe's, current (euro style lighting: win) change of art frames: win, marbled paper in ikea frames,large mirror:diy, candlesticks,tray,bowl:thrifted

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33 comments:

Rachelle Falcon said...

I love the way your dining room looks, glad you're keeping it this way. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It is perfection now! Love the curtains and the gallery wall. That lighting fixture is amazing. So proud of you to keep tweaking till you get it just like you want it!! I think some curtains with a pattern like yours are what I'm looking for in my living room!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the softer, quieter feel! The curtains and lighting make a big difference. and I love the gallery wall. Nicely done!

Morgan said...

Nicely done! With the curtain change up, it looks like you painted the walls a light color! Amazing what a difference curtains can make. :) I love the pattern on them and they really are light and airy.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your room looks bright and elegant!
Love all those whites.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It's amazing the difference changing the curtains made!

Diann said...

Wonderful changes! thank you for sharing with us at TTF.

The Boston Lady said...

I remember the 'de-brownification' of the living room. What does that say about me???

I like the new dining room look! The space looks bigger and yes, 'airier'. Nice!

Ann

P.S. Went to see the much acclaim foreign film "The Past" - ugh! Nope didn't do it for me! Love Llewyn Davis, the movie, not the character although I love his eyes... music was great. Oscar countdown for me...

Diana Miller said...

Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Best party. :) I live in a cape also so I'm always interested to see what people do with theirs. Love the updated dining room. I spotted your victrola in the corner. My dad had the same one in his house. :) XOXO

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

What a cute dining room! I think my favorite part is the grey wall color--it really helps the artwork pop!

bethjustin518 said...

I love the dining room! The art flanking the windows is so pretty. And I'm digging the light fixture!

Kate ChicOnaShoestringDecorating said...

Looks great... love those new curtains! Thanks for linking up at Flaunt it Friday!

Jill Shepherd said...

WOW! What a transformation over time! The room looks great now - much better with the long curtains and longer light!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your dining room, both color schemes work really well, but I love this one best. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Sebastian Chuter said...

Not only the dining room is beautiful, but all corners of the house! I have never seen any part of your home, but surely you have a lovely and gorgeous house! I adored the light fixture, the mirror and that curtain!

Sebastian of
Granny Flat Super Store

Jen said...

It looks fabulous! I love the breezy light grey curtains, and the artwork.

Debbiedoos said...

Your dining room looks fantastic!! Thanks for your sweet comment on our kitchen diy of faux beams. Yes, it is us, and we are thrilled!

J Shrewsbury-ThreeDogFarmhouse said...

Looks great...very cool light fixture!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

So much better! I love those curtains.

Tania Pelletier said...

Oooh, I love it now! The light is really cool and those curtains are beautiful... so much better than the red, it even makes the room look lighter and brighter!

I am the same way with tweaking and redoing rooms, my mom asked me what I was going to do when I ran out of rooms to redo and I said... "start all over!" lol!

Tania

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Okay I am with you - the light needed to be the star of this show, and it looks great without the red curtains stealing all the attention! Great room, so pulled together!!! Thanks so much for sharing on Best Of The Nest, the Best After version is fab!

pam {simple details} said...

I agree the 'Best After' is the BEST!! And, your first paragraph made me feel so good! :) All your little tweaks paid off, it looks great! Thanks for stopping by Best of the Nest!

Nicole Mendez said...

I always love seeing before and after pictures. I new curtains in your dining room look great! Thanks for linking up to our weekend wind-down party :)

Ashley Mayes said...

Love the new curtains. What a difference they made.

Melanie, LostandFoundDecor.com said...

You are so right, the first thing I saw in the "Better After" photo were the red curtains! The new patterned ones look fantastic.

Michelle said...

Well this is the first time Iv seen your dining room and I like what I see! Love the art with the hints of colours and the curtains. An unexpected pop of colour :)

Dawn @ Inspired Living said...

Love the after after, or very best after.... The one with the light grey patterned curtains. Cool art, too.

Amy@eatsleepdecorate said...

I love the after! So elegant and timeless. Where are the curtains from? I am looking to replace my red ones in the dining room as well!

Jocie Hagan said...

so cute! i love those curtains. Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed. Featuring you tomorrow on the blog and hope to see you back. :)

Alison Agnew said...

I love the changes you made! The curtains and light fixture are amazing. Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!

Alison
Nancherrow

Tys said...

Wow! You knocked it out of the park with the curtains! They're the crowing glory of the "Better After" :)

Erin@ Live Pretty on a Penny said...

Love your after. Looks beautiful. Love the light fixture. Such a great feature for this room!

Carrie said...

Great minds think alike!!! Love your framed paper, how funny we both picked the same color. I knew I liked you. ;) The whole room looks great, love it.