Friday, July 23, 2010

Home Tour: The Dining Room

Since my dining room evolved mainly in my LBB (Life Before Blog), I once again do not have any good before shots, so will use the one I took while touring the home when it was for sale:


The two biggest changes were the addition of the built in, which matches the cabinetry in our kitchen, and replacing the old carpet with hard wood floors. Other than that, we repainted and decorated. Here's a picture of what it looks like today:


Let's get our bearings straight. This is looking from the formal living room, into the dining room.

Now we're looking from the door to the kitchen. Notice the new built in cabinet which matches our kitchen cabinetry.

This sliding door leads to our patio.

Looking back through the french doors which lead to the formal living room.

The door that leads to the kitchen. Notice the two year old 'stealing' a freezie from the freezer. Didn't think of that problem when we bought a bottom freezer style fridge!

Notice my new plant stand in place (love it!). The art work in the room is a combination of new finds, and old. These are a series of butterfly prints, which I adore. Not expensive, but they make me happy =)

This group of 4 prints are from my grandmother's house. She found them at a garage sale and reframed them. I always loved these pictures in her dining room, and was thrilled to have them handed down to me. I love the English country scenes.

The lighting is one thing I did not change from the previous owner. She made beautiful lamp shades, and I love the bit of sparkle and 'fanciness' that this gives.

My fine china, inherited from my paternal grandmother, is displayed in my built in. There is so much
storage in this built in-I just adore it!!

My dining room set is from Costco. I bought it 8 years ago, and while I really liked it then, my tastes have changed since. It is a bit too oak-y-reddish colour for me now, and the lines of the table are a bit too 'chunky'. However, it was expensive, and a new set is not in the budget. When I bought it, it had ugly (really, really bad!!) fabric on the seats. I did recover the seats in this fabric, which I also used in my living room as accent fabric for cushions. I like my set much much better now. In fact, one day I may just refinish it to get away from the reddish oak colour.

I bought the curtain fabric for 1/2 price at Chintz & Co (another fantabulous store, located in Victoria). I used it for my living room and dining room windows. The previous curtain rods were small brass rods. I really wanted a chunkier rod, and something dark to stand out. I love these, which are from the Debbie Travis collection at Canadian Tire. Cheap & beautiful-Love!

Now, you may think you see wrinkles in my linen table runner, and you would be right. I didn't realize how obvious they were until I took this picture, but what the heck, we're keeping it real right? I took this picture to show the beautiful embroidery pattern. I am still working on my table display, and have been inspired by this post to make a few topiaries.
So there you have it. One of my favorite rooms in the house. I absolutely love having a formal dining room. Although not as popular in newer home design, I will always be a proponent of the formal dining room. Growing up, I have such found memories of wonderful, special meals around the dining table, and I hope to create these special memories for my family also.

Linking to all my favorite parties!
Happy dining!

Edit April 2012: I hate to miss a good party, and Sarah is having a goodie!

Thrifty Decor Chick

Since my new home is seriously lacking in dining room space, I'm busting out this post of my previous dining room and partying with Sarah!


Janet said...[Reply to comment]

I really like it. I am stopping by from Under the Table and Dreaming. Have you thought of painting your dining set? I really like the table tough and probably wouldn't paint it.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! What a change! I love the chandelier!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good night!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...[Reply to comment]

That is a really nice dining room and I love the changes! It has such a homey look now and I love the table and chairs!

Heaven's Walk - said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea! I'm visiting from Met Monday - and I've gotta tell you what a great job you did on your dining room. Whew! It looked so busy and cluttered and dreary before. Now it's bright and welcoming and cozy! And there's nothing better than vintage linens...wrinkles and all! :)

Have a great day!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Orange it Lovely said...[Reply to comment]

wow that looks amazing. It went from old fashioned to totally stylish. I love it!
Great job!!!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...[Reply to comment]

I'm in love with your dining room, Andrea! That built in is wonderful! :) I love all your decor and furniture -- it completes that room!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...[Reply to comment]

This is beautiful!! I really really love it!! The floors, paint and built ins are SO pretty!!

Lou Cinda :)

Andrea Dekker said...[Reply to comment]

Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Nicole@Whimsy-Lane said...[Reply to comment]

So pretty and such a huge change from when you purchased the home! My favs are the curtains and the butterfly wall art!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]


I did think about painting the lower part, and keeping the top stained, but we decided to live with it as is for now =)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

@Heaven's Walk -

Thanks so much! The previous owner had a beautiful home, but definately not my taste, and it was, ummm, old fashioned =)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

@Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
Thank you so much Amanda! It's one of my favorite rooms!

Michelle said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! I can't believe the built ins are new, they look like they have been there forever.

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

This looks so so so awesome! I love it! I think my favorites are the chandelier and of course, the built ins! Have a great day!


Miss Mustard Seed said...[Reply to comment]

Those four prints are beautiful and I love the built-ins. The transformation is pretty dramatic and the "after" looks fantastic.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, what a beautiful room! I love all the special touches you've added. What a great space!

Sailing Simply said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! Beautiful dining room! You made a wonderful change. I love your style!

The Decorating Diaries said...[Reply to comment]

Absolutely lovely!


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...[Reply to comment]

What a lovely dining room! I'd say that's a huge improvement. Hard to believe it's the same space!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

Great dining room re-do! Thanks for joining me for Flaunt it Friday! :)

Natasha said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, what an amazing transformation. You must be so happy with your new dining area. Well done!

Best wishes,

Jeralee said...[Reply to comment]

New follower here! I like your new dining room. The butterfly prints are really pretty.

I also like the paint color your chose and those glass french doors are gorgeous. So pretty.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...[Reply to comment]

Your dining room looks lovely! I love the built in cabinets!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...[Reply to comment]

Love your dining room!! Especially the built in's!!


Debbie~ said...[Reply to comment]

Looove your dining room make over, it's beautiful-from your fabulous built in's, to your gorgeous french doors and everything in between!
I think someday when you have the time if you paint your diningroom table set, you will fall in love with it all over again! Your daughter's adorable! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Sue said...[Reply to comment]

Love your built ins and if it is not too daunting I would maybe paint the furniture white..or maybe a white base and chairs and a black top? It's lovely!!

artisticblend said...[Reply to comment]

That looks amazing! I love the built-in and those french doors are just gorgeous. Great transformation.

Between You and Me said...[Reply to comment]

Over from The Inspired Room...your home is beautiful! I love the dining room..the built-ins are to die for!

Red Door Home said...[Reply to comment]

You have done a wonderful job with your dining room. Your built-in cabinets are something most people only dream about having. I do like the idea of painting the chairs but of course the final decision needs to be yours. You might try borrowing some white chairs from somewhere else just to see how it would look before you commit to painting. Live with them for a few days and then decide.

Chari at Happy To Design said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea...

Ohhh...I'm just now getting around at everyone's "Show & Tell Friday" posts. I just had to leave you a comment on your newly redone dining room, my friend! You did a fabulous job...I love it!!! Love your style! Your new build-ins are absolutely gorgeous...I will have to dig around on your blog to see your kitchen! Would love to see it! Ohhh...and I love your new hardwoods...they really made such a difference in this pretty room! Love all of your beautiful furniture and accessories too! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us...such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

willoughbywhimsy said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! Loving the door and those built-ins!! Wowie-zowie! The floors are fabulous! These ladder back chairs look perfect in your brand new dining room! said...[Reply to comment]

That looks really good! Nice work.

Erin said...[Reply to comment]

I love the built in and those doors!!! Fabulous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, gorgeous dining room. I love those 4 prints, too. They would be perfect in my sitting room. Thanks for joining my party again!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...[Reply to comment]

This room makeover looks those doors!


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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...[Reply to comment]

I love the built ins. They look so great! The french doors are really pretty. Such a big difference in the before and afters.

Pat said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful dining room! I love the shot of the freezie pilfering 2 year old! Real life happening!:-)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

Just stopping by from Kim's B&A party! Love the transformation! I also have a formal dining room and love it. I finally put a two seat table and chairs in the breakfast room to force us to use the dining room every day. It is away from the TV and we are able to talk as a family without distractions! Thanks for sharing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

Your dining room is stunning. Love your gorgeous builtin. Everything looks so pretty. Hugs, Marty

All That Glitters said...[Reply to comment]

Looks stunning!!!!

Sue said...[Reply to comment]

This room looks so lived in and pretty. A built-in china is always nice and cozy, and such a good place to put your inherited china. The prints are lovely, too. I know what you mean about tastes changing. A dining set usually doesn't get replaced that often- I am in the furniture biz, so I see people holding onto their sets forever! Maybe you should consider a paint job. It will certainly change things up for a lot less money! My old set is sitting in the garage storage room. I've tried to sell it but haven't had any luck. I'm thinking of painting the table and using it as a worktable/desk for an extra bedroom.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...[Reply to comment]

This looks great, Andrea!
I love that built in...such great storage for all your inherited things. Your patio is so pretty too. I just had a very nice visit looking at your home photos!
Thanks for sharing!
Your newest follower~

Sherrill said...[Reply to comment]

Love the built-in cabinet and the furniture would be great painted black. I think that Ballard Designs has chairs similar to yours and they are beautiful black.

Diane said...[Reply to comment]

I remember the first time I visited your blog a few Christmases ago and I fell in love with this room....and the house as well! Love the new house just as much. Sweet dining set. Diane