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Dining Room

There are a few rooms I have not shown you. I stopped hiding my kitchen from you and showed you it in all it’s uglyness (somewhat functional ugliness). Next up – our Dining Room. By the power of blogging you can nicely omit messy, dirty and unfinished rooms which is why it has never popped up on our blog..until now. So, wanna see it?


It is a white box o-nothing. All I have in it is my parents Dining Room table that they gifted us after redecorating their house. I love the dining room table, partially because it was the dining room table that we grew up with.  I feel as though updating the chairs would be a great way of updating this set. What about the rest of the room? I’d love a dining room that felt like this…


Not a fan of the chandelier, but the detailing on the wall, the colours for the room all stand out. I feel as though adding some wall detail like that in the photo above would make this room pop. So, here is what I think we’d need to do in order to complete this room. (1) Change wall colour (2) Add detailing to the wall like in the inspirational photo (3) New Chandelier and (4) New Chairs. Not sure if we will do this as come spring time I’ll likely get back on my “new window” kick. But it’s fun to dream!

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    December 28, 2010 at 2:23 am

    totally love your inspiration picture!

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    Sara @ Russet Street Reno
    December 28, 2010 at 2:33 am

    We loved adding the faux wainscoting to our dining room. It's pretty easy as well – I can't wait to see what you do in here, your inspiration is lovely. Plus, you already have wonderful trim in there to start from!

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    Tia Brumbelow
    December 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I really love those chairs! Hope your half birthday was fun 🙂

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    Edin's House
    December 28, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Before I even scrolled down to see your inspiration pic (which is FAB by the way!) I thought to myself "this room would be great with wainscotting". Don't forget crown moulding… much needed in this room! Love your table, too… it's perfect for the room. Have you thought about painting the chairs & recovering the seats, then adding two coordinating-fabric parsons chairs at each end/head?
    Looking foward to seeing what you do with this space!
    Victoria (DesignTies)

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    Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    December 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Those chairs are great looking. Have you stopped by Homesense…they may be an exact source for chairs like that. Anticipating great results!

    Mr. Goodwil Hunting

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    December 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Lindsay I saw your dining room and it reminds me of mine! I've started thinking about wall colour for 2011 as well! I love the inspiration pic – simple but detailed at the same time! Emilija

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    December 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    That paneling is beautiful! It would look perfect in your house. What do you mean by "change the wall colour"? Are you thinking something other than white ;)! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    [email protected]:podge
    December 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Panelling in that room would really make it come alive! Wouldn't cost that much – maybe a bit of elbow grease! Paint can really change the mood as well. As for chairs, I hear you, they are expensive, but you could paint the ones you have, re-upholsters or even slipcover a few to change things up!

    Hey I have rooms in my house I don't show as well, especially my lovely 90's peach with ugly brass fixtures! {Since I am renting, well, I have to live with them}

    Anything you come up with will be fab!

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    [email protected]:podge
    December 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Oops, I meant my lovely 90' peach BATHROOM! Typing too fast 🙂

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    December 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    It certainly could be a beautiful room. Would you guys really use a formal dining room? I wonder what's on the other side of one of those walls? What if you knocked one down and opened up the space? Just wondering.

    The inspiration photo has me drooling. And I'll take that chandelier if you won't. Love that drippy gorgeousness under the sheer shade.


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    December 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Love the new chandelier!
    Why did they change the curved entry to a squared off style? I love the old curved style.
    The finished room is quite nice, though, especially the windows and millwork.

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    December 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Jane – There was no curved entryways anywhere else in the house so it felt dated when we were updating everything else. I also loved the trim around the other doors so wanted it to match. It just wasn't my taste. Plus it wasnt just curved, it was a weird curly cue detailing that was REALLY bad. 🙂

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