A while back I suddenly realized how monochromatic and just plain washed-out our house had become. I suspect that I was slightly preoccupied with diapering, bathing, feeding, and chasing two little ones, and we had slowly slipped into a rut. So now I'm working my way out. I showed y'all the plans for the living room (accent color still TBD), but equally as in need of change is our dining room.
This photo was taken about a year ago (judging by the pumpkin on the table) and sadly, the room looked pretty much exactly the same until a week or two ago.
Here are the in-progress shots:
What we've done already:
*Brought the buffet back in. It wouldn't be my first choice, but we have it, and Keith would prefer I didn't touch the finish.
*I decided I liked the windows bare (other than the shutters) so I removed the curtains all together.
*Added framed art. (Work in progress. See below.)
Stole borrowed the cool teal basket from my mom. I like the pop of color.
The extra chairs and the milk glass with stripey straws are all left over from Gus' birthday.
*Changed out the chandelier. I found this one on craigslist for $45. After stripping it of the fake pearl strands and flicker flame bulbs I think it works quite well in the room. It adds a little vintage personality.
What's still on the to-do list:
*Add some more color.
*Style the room.
*Possibly paint & recover the chairs??
*The framed art. I found the botanical prints in an art book I had, and am using them for place-holders for now. I was thinking about doing silhouettes of the 4 of us -- any other ideas?
*I was also originally planning to hang the frames, but now I'm waffling. Opinions?
So there it is. Our dining room in progress. Comments? Opinions? Ideas?