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Dining Room Makeover

When we moved into our house, the main floor had a family room, dining room, and formal living room. The dining room was small, and our furniture did not fit. The formal sitting room was LARGE, had no overhead lighting, and we did not have any furniture for it. Honestly, it sat empty for a month or two.

In a traditional home, the dining room is off of the kitchen for easy access for serving and hosting. It makes sense, right? However, in the layout of our house, the dining room is connected by a small hallway that includes a laundry room and half-bath. The formal sitting room is opposite this room, also in the front of the house, and still easily accessed from the kitchen. It made sense for us to swap the two rooms. This required installing overhead lighting. I was lucky to have my dad help with this! (If you are curious, I have a whole highlight on my Instagram)

Here is the before...

I knew that I wanted something classic & glamorous. One day, I was browsing estate sale photos and came across a photo of a dirty garage. On the floor, was this beautiful French Empire chandelier that needed some TLC, but I was intrigued. I rushed over to the sale and was shocked to find it still on the floor in many pieces for FOURTY-FIVE dollars. I snagged that light and went home, took every piece off, cleaned it, and had my dad check the wiring. We were good!

My grandmother's China cabinet worked perfectly in the space along with my dining furniture, so next, I needed to jazz up the walls. I stuck with Benjamin Moore White Dove for the walls because I know that I want to add more Moulding later. I added the Wallpaper Panels for a pop of color and some green velvet curtains.

This space has come such a long way, and still has the potential to go even farther! The square footage of this room is much more functional for our families, and for hosting! It was so fun to decorate for all of the holidays. I love mixing it up and doing different table decor. This room is so much more functional than it would have ever been as a sitting room.

What do you think I should do here next?



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