Home Tour: The Dining Room

It seems like formal dining rooms are becoming a thing of the past, as more people opt for larger eat-in kitchens where guests can be closer to the cook.  I noticed this trend slightly after purchasing a home with both a formal living room & dining room!  That’s alright though, we use our formal dining room on a fairly regular basis.  Occasionally for when we host a large group of family & friends, but most often as a place to work puzzles & sew!

Neutral Dining Room

This room was one of the first in our house that set the tone for my new decorating style.  After installing wainscoting & chair rail, I coated the walls in Dusty Trail paint & filled the room with a table & buffet from Craigslist.

Traditional Dining Room

I don’t think I really loved the room until I added the sunburst mirror over the buffet.

Styled Buffet

The pop of color in the orchid helped too!

Dining Room Decor

I made my own table runner to cover a flaw on the table & added some cheap accessories for the top.

Table Centerpiece

Tabletop Vignette

I also created some inexpensive & colorful artwork for the large blank wall opposite the buffet.

DIY Colorful Art

A lone chair sits in the corner, & someday I hope to have colorful plates hung above it, but that will have to wait until I find the perfect ones!

Extra Seating

It’s amazing how a room can go from this:

Dining Room Before

to this:

Neutral Glam Dining Room

with just paint & accessories (okay, & trim work too).

Dining Room After

For more information on the project & sources from this room, please visit this post.

I hope you’ll stop back next Tuesday for another room tour!

Home Tour: The Living Room

This past summer, I finished up making over our living room.  When we had first moved in, it held the furniture from our old living room, which didn't fit the style of our current house.

Monochromatic Living Room

The makeover began by purchasing the Carmen Sofa from Pier One & a cheap coffee table I spray painted gold.

Carmen Sofa

Gold Coffee Table Accessories

I made my own pillows…

DIY Pillows

and made artwork from free printable images.

DIY Botanical Art

An old china cabinet got a new life with a coat of paint & some mirrored glass,

China Cabinet Makeover

and I tackled my first re-upholstery job on an old pair of chairs.

DIY Upholstered Chairs

I refinished my great-grandmother’s table & learned how to style it.

Styling a Round Table

And then my husband & I reupholstered a $40 pair of antique chairs with drop cloths.

Reupholstering Chairs

We are still pretty proud of ourselves!

Drop Cloth Chair

If you need a refresher, here is how the room looked after we moved in:

And here it is today:

Neutral Glam Living Room

To find links to all the projects & sources for this room, click here.

Thanks so much for joining me on today’s room tour!  I hope you’ll stop back on Thursday to see more of the dining room.

Home Tour: The Study

The tour of our home continues with one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the front door, our study.

Cheerful Home Office

This home office has come a long way since it’s first makeover several years ago.  What was once a dark, outdated room, is now a cheerful spot for us to work & study.

Gray, White, & Blue Home Office

The transformation began by detaching part of our “L” shaped desk & building the “X” base desk in front of the windows.

DIY Modern X-Base Desk

My son mainly uses this spot for his homework, but it’s nice for my husband to have a place at home to work on his laptop if he needs to.

Desktop Styling

The remainder of our once “L” shaped desk was painted white to brighten the space.

Bookcase Desk

Since the room is small & lacks a closet, magazine & file storage was added above the bookshelves.  Some paint & decorative tape dressed up cheap Ikea storage bins.

Stylish Magazine Storage

The shelves are mainly styled with our books.  Despite being mainly filled with paperbacks, I still think the shelves look pretty.

Bookshelf Styling

I achieved this by choosing to leave a few shelves open for styling, & laying some books horizontally to break up the books.

Real Life Styled Bookshelves

I totally forgot that I was using one of the vases (below) in the family room!  I didn't notice it until I went to take the following photo! 

Styling Bookshelves

I am still loving the Ikat bulletin board we made to go behind the computer monitor.  The “drawer” below the monitor is a pull-out tray for the keyboard & mouse.

Ikat Pin Board

When we removed the writing desk, we had to find something to do with the base piece.  I decided to use more Ikea storage boxes to stash my craft supplies.

Craft Storage

The small loveseat fits the space perfectly & provides a comfy spot to relax.

Home Office Sitting Area

In case you didn't see what the space looked like before, here it is:

It’s hard to believe the only new furniture we purchased was the desk chair to achieve the look below:

Turquoise Home Office

For more information on the sources used in this room, please visit the original post here

The tour continues next Tuesday!

Home Tour: The Entry

After almost four years of blogging, I am finally putting together a legitimate home tour for you all!  In November, my husband bought me an early Christmas present: A DSLR camera!  Since I finally have a camera that takes quality photos, I figured it was time I re-take pictures of all the decorated spaces in our house to create a tour.  When I have re-revealed all the spaces, I will make a “Home Tour” tab at the top of the page.

I figured the tour should start in the entryway, but first, here is an older (non-DSLR) picture of the exterior:

I took this picture after we painted the front door black & added some new lighting outside.

Entry Table

When you step inside, you’ll be greeted with this cheerful dresser (The color in the image above isn’t very accurate.  It’s more of a gray/blue color than a baby blue!) and a sea of linoleum, that we will hopefully be replacing with hardwood flooring in the next few years.

Entry Table Styling

I printed off some stock images of doors to create some unique art for the entry.

Entryway Art

We painted the walls, Toasted Almond, by Olympic & added chair rail & wainscoting to make the entry feel more formal.  Someday I hope to have a prettier door, but for now the black paint dresses it up a bit.

Front Door

I made some more art with pictures of our first & current home on the waterlogue app.  (I don’t know why this picture turned out so blurry… Obviously I am still trying to figure out my camera!)


Another project still on the list for this space is to add some different newel posts & stain the orange-y oak railings a darker color.


Here are a couple of pictures of the upstairs hallway.  Not all that interesting, but it gives you an idea of the layout.

Upstairs Hallway



To see links to all the projects for this space, click here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll be back Thursday with an updated tour of our study!

My Parents’ Christmas Home Tour: The Main Floor

As I have mentioned several times on the blog, my parents LOVE Christmas.  Growing up, our home was always completely decked out for the holiday, & it looked so pretty it usually stayed up until at least Valentine’s Day (or maybe that was just because it took so long to take down)!  While we visited for Christmas, I decided to take some pictures of their house decorated for the season.  I know it’s crazy of me to be posting these photos now that Christmas is over, but I figured I would forget I had the pictures if I waited until next year.  So, here goes…

The Entry/ Living Room


Above is the view when you walk in the front door.  My parents host a lot of parties throughout the month of December, which is why their large entry is filled with tables & chairs.




The Dining Room




The Sunroom



The Breakfast Nook



I hope you enjoyed the tour!  Sorry for the slightly blurry images.  I’m still trying to learn to use my new camera, so hopefully the picture quality will get better throughout the year!


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