Dining Room

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my house (holla!)… and now you can see the eclectic, colorful, fun home that I live in every day… I love it. It’s always changing & evolving and soon enough these photos will be the “before” pictures. But as of today, here is what my front-living-room-turned-dining-room looks like:

This was the “sneak peak” that I showed you when I did the summer/front entry tour here. Right when you walk into our house you can see the living-room-now-a-dining-room. Originally when we moved in, this was the formal living room. You know, the place where you put your white sofas, turn on the gas fireplace, sit and have tea (with your pinkie finger ever so slightly elevated off the handle of your dainty tea cup)?… Well, that wasn’t happening. Can we say 2 growing boys, 2 dogs and 1 husband = no white sofas and broken tea cups… hence the space is a dining room. Our dining room (or what was ‘designated’ as a dining room is now the office. And we have 1 living/family room, which is plenty).

Since this was suppose to be a formal living room, there is a fireplace, a gas fireplace. I love it! It’s super fun to decorate the mantle and when we have guests over for dinner and such, I can light up the fireplace while we are sitting at the table…it’s so fancy!

I especially love that this room is rarely used which means IT STAYS CLEAN!  And yes, isn’t that perfect…the first room you lay eyes on when you enter my house is the room that stays clean, and is little effort to keep clean. Pretty smart on my behalf, don’t cha’ think?

Because this room was suppose to be a living room, there are a ton of shelves. No problem except for the corner shelving where a big box TV once resided (circa 1994 when the house was built = no flat screens, just bulky TV’s). So I had to get creative. Trying to keep it cute, not too cluttered and yet fill in the big open space, well it’s a challenge. Magazines work great. Lanterns, globes, bulky items like that have been my go-to decor for those deep shelves in the corner.

And because there are so many shelves I had plenty of space to build a bar! It’s getting a little crowded but it’s fun and feels so sophisticated! Are’t we fancy?! It’s fun to make drinks from our little wanna be bar. I lined all the backs of the shelves with a lime green wrapping paper that I picked up from a local discount store. honest to goodness, all I used was glue sticks and about 5 rolls of wrapping paper… the bookshelves/bar/tons of storage space, looks super cool with the lime green background. And I figured it’d be easy to re-do when I feel the need!

Here’s the corner of the dining room. A playful collage wall with no rhyme or reason to it. I just grabbed canvas prints, framed prints and other hanging goodies and tossed them up onto the wall for texture and to bring the otherwise dull space some lively-ness. And that’s a lego set that my son put together on his 9th birthday. He was so proud and so was I!

Here is one last look into the dining room. This photo was taken near the front door of the house. Looking into the room you can see my lovely generic ghost chairs that I totally adore! The lime green backing of the shelves (thanks to glue sticks and wrapping paper), our old but sweet candle chandelier (no ceiling light in this room), our plank ceiling that we painted grey with black crown molding, the awesome gas fireplace and wood mantle, and our sweat-nequity wood floors that we installed throughout our house (and it took forever!). I am pretty proud of how this room has turned out. I still have a lot of ideas for this space, but not for now. Future projects and back burner stuff. For now, I am smitten with how it has turned out.

Just to give you an idea… here is a photo right after we moved in, and after we’d tore up the old, dingy carpet:

Oh My Gosh!! What a difference, right? New floors, painted the cabinets and shelving, good bye 1970′s blinds (gag), and hello wonderful! Doesn’t it look completely different?!! Oh My Gosh!

Have a great day!

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