Dining Room – During

Hey ya’ll!
Finally got some pictures to show you where I’m at, as of today, in the Dining Room.
But I must start off by saying-
The apple green curtain covering the opening to the future pantry is a temporary fix. (I’m determined to get an old screen door!) I still haven’t purchased new lighting, curtains, or installed the picture ledge on top of the beadboard wainscoting I recently put up. And, last but not least, the dining table and rug are both going to be replaced too.

And here are some extra shots. The flowers are courtesy of my Mom :-)

Here’s what I have planned for on top of the picture ledge. The frames I drew in are not the right sizes, but you get the idea. I plan to install recessed “wall washer” lights in the ceiling, to illuminate the black and white photography. :-)

Which fixture(s) do think would look best? I really like these from Pottery Barn. Keep in mind, the new (100 year old) dining table I’m inheriting is longer, rectangular-shaped and dark brown wood.

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  1. Nancy Hood says

    Love it!! but I knew I would :) and I really like the flooring much better than what was there! Thanks for sharing with us! and don’t forget to keep us locals informed about The Lettered Olive!!

  2. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says

    What??! You didn’t dig the screaming pumpkin orange and grey green sheers?? I don’t get it??!

    Loverly. Of course.

  3. Chris says

    I don’t even care what the room looks like; I’m just glad you’re back. :) However, the room is adorable. Love the apples in the bowls! Oh, and I notice Maximus made it into the photo shoot. Sneaky little thing! Very beautiful room. Oh gees, one more thing. You could always buy a screen door at a Lowe’s or something and make it look old. That is, if you’re not willing to wait! Great idea, by the way.

  4. Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} says

    Hey, find me a screen door for my pantry while you are at it! I’ve always wanted to do that. Everything looks great. Love your style!

  5. chriskauf says

    What a huge improvement.
    Curious ? what type of light fixture are you thinking of ?
    That is a really good sized dining room as well.

  6. Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ says

    Looks great! I knew it would. It’s really coming together.

  7. megan says

    I was looking at the board on the wall trying to figure out what it was. It’s wonderful!! I really like it! And I know you want the screen door but I love the pop that the apple green curtain brings.
    I am fairly new to your blog, but sure like your decorating.

  8. Teacats says

    Brillant! Simply charming and elegant too! What a wonderful room for a dinner party with all of the trimmings! A vote for the two chandeliers — and a dimmer switch (or two!) for the lighting (nothing worse than “interogation-strength” lighting during a party! LOL!)

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  9. Magpie Interior Design says

    Wow I love the picture rail!

    I like the Pottery Barn pair of lights better. The square one sort of gets lost in the picture rail pics.

    Lovely job!


  10. Kat says

    Looks like you had a productive weekend. The dinning room is charming. I vote for the two hanging fixtures. Dont forget the dimmer. I look forward to seeing your new table. Oh and may I just say the floors look fabulous!

  11. Mim says

    It’s all looking good. So nice your mom could be there to help and bring flowers too. That’s what us mom’s like to do!

  12. Connie says

    Hurricane Lights!!! You know I am partial to those. LOVE THEM everyday, I don’t think you would get tired of them. The comments that we get on our lights…never stop coming. Everything is looking great.

  13. Tara says

    The room is adorable! I like the two hanging hanging light fixtures and the pictures will be adorable! I know you said you are getting a new table that is 100 years old (love that) but can i ask where you got the one that is in there? I love it! hehe!

  14. Susie Harris says

    Looking very pretty1 I love how you can just add somethinh to your picture to get the idea! That would have me in a lot of trouble, smiles….

  15. Spymommy says

    My mom just hung that exact same Pottery Barn inverted bell fixture over her island in her kitchen. It is pretty fab, but there are two things about it that are baffling me in her house – first, the glass cloche piece will not sit evenly on the metal piece, and second, the actual metal chandelier housing doesn’t sit centered in the cloche – something to think about if you are a perfectionist. Room looks fantastic!


    I am going to be in the minority here. I love the new space you have created here. But I vote for the single fixture so that if you should ever want to change the position of your table it would still be centered over it.
    Really nice job here!
    Lisa & Alfie

  17. sarah a beachcottage says

    love it, such a massive improvement! just love seeing before and afters from real people! gives me so much inspiration

  18. ellen says

    Wow! I found your blog thru a link from another and I have just spent the morning looking at everything you and your husband have done to your home. Wow! I love house projects but my husband…not so much! Be glad the two of you share the passion. Enjoy!

  19. My Beautiful Mess! says

    Loving it! I really like the two fixtures. I think that makes a statement.

  20. mama2one says

    Another vote for the two chandeliers.

    I really like the single fixture too but I think it’s way too modern for the space.

  21. Moi says

    had to comment on the fixtures…
    I think the single one fits best in the space – I feel like the two fixtures are too heavy for the space and def too heavy for the table..do you know what I mean?
    lovely room…

  22. Bekki B says

    I like the first set of lights above the dining table, but that’s just me…I love your taste!

  23. Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe says

    layla~ I have added your to our centerpiece of the month for August. Only you could take a simple bunch of flowers and make it the center of attention.
    Good Job!