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June 5, 2011

Not so long ago, I was lamenting about the sad state of affairs in my dining room.  I had a bold plan to change things up.

We’re not looking at a completed transformation here, but the progress is substantially complete enough (imho) to chronicle.

Anyone remember where we started?

The secretary is now in the bedroom (beneath the round mirror here) and we are contemplating finish colors.

The paintings and prints are awaiting new landing places.

And I’m going to live with things for a while here.  And hope the room gives me some hints about where to go next.  While I cannot name an identifiable decorating style for our home, the overarching themes we keep in mind are serene, uncomplicated and reminiscent of the seashore.

It’s a very large space and I find that my attempts to add interest with small details often seem invisible in the larger context.


One of the reasons I selected pink.  It’s impossible to not notice.  This was the dresser originally.  Nice scale, smooth lines.  I had hoped for a different result with the painted finish, in all honesty.

I wanted a light distressed finish, but wanted a darker brown color beneath the pink.  I goofed.  I used primer, then applied 2 layers of brown, then 2 layers of pink.  When I tried sanding, it was a mess.  Muddy and dirty looking.  Not at all what I had envisioned.  So in the end, I just added a nice layer of paste wax over the pink for a soft, smooth finish.

The hardware is from Anthropologie.  I wanted to echo the silvery tone in the large mirror on the adjacent wall.

The little frames to the left of the suzani hold a collection of costume jewelry – sparkly brooches pinned to white cotton, a look I borrowed from an earlier project.   And instead of using my quilt press to hang the suzani, I sewed 3 yardsticks to the top of the fabric (on the back side) and attached 5 string loops across the top to distribute the weight.

And the accessory in the middle of the dining table is my favorite seaglass arrangement.  The arrangement is actually pretty large, but everything looks small in this gigantic room. 

I like the addition of color and the change of furniture and wall accessories.  The scale is so much better now.  It may not be perfect, or complete, but it is definitely an improvement.  Thank you so much for reading and for your earlier suggestions! 





Linking to

Pinkalicious Thursday at Frugalicious Me
It’s a Party at A Creative Princess
Blogger Block Party at Debbiedoos
Funky Junk Interiors
Chic on a Shoestring
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Coastal Charm
The House in the Roses
Between Naps on the Porch
Be Colorful
The Girl Creative
Boogieboard Cottage
44 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 11:45 pm

    Wow. Diane, you have outdone yourself. How uber-fab is that server/sideboard. Love love love that color. In fact, that is probably my very favorite color of all time and the color I painted my office. It is just so uplifting and your kilim rug looks just so great with it. The hardware is perfect. You must be so excited. I know I am for you.

  2. June 6, 2011 12:17 am

    *gasping with delight and applauding wildly*

    YES! I do remember you posting about wanting to change things up in this room.

    OMG….it turned out BEYOND spectacular! It looks like a completely different room. Much brighter and alive!

    Diane, the color of the dresser is stunning! Isn’t it funny how sometimes we have a vision of what something should look, but then turns out completely different and surprisingly better? Love the hardware. Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores to shop in, here in Philly. I adore that store!

    I also like all the little ‘accents’ you added to this room.

    You’re home is so lovely, my friend.

    “the overarching themes we keep in mind are serene, uncomplicated and reminiscent of the seashore.”

    Yes. And might I add…very comfortable and inviting.

    Hope you had a super weekend, Diane!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  3. FABBY permalink
    June 6, 2011 1:47 am

    Very fabulous! I just went and to see your earlier post and boy!, you’ve done a terrific job, it is beautiful!! Very inviting and ample! The dresser in that color is a beautiful focal point. Lots of hugs. I’m visiting from Susan’s, MM. FABBY

  4. June 6, 2011 2:42 am

    I love the pink! It is hard to miss, and that’s a good thing! It ties in really well with the quilt on the table and the suzani wall hanging. The jewelry in the little frames is such a pretty touch, too. I like the keys hanging from the dresser, too. The small touches do sometimes get lost in pictures, but I’m sure the people who get to sit at the table in your pretty dining appreciate them.
    I think you’ve done a great job!

  5. June 6, 2011 11:39 am

    Love the pink so pretty…turned out very nice.

  6. June 6, 2011 2:10 pm

    I’m dying to paint something pink now after seeing your sideboard! I would love to know what paint you used – it’s beautiful!
    Glad I saw this at The Girl Creative!

    • June 8, 2011 10:06 pm

      Hi Mimi–thanks for your kind comment! I used Martha Stewart Living (shade Bergamot) from the Home Depot. It is on the coral-orange side of pink and is a good complement to dark browns (the floor color in our room).

  7. June 6, 2011 2:12 pm

    What a transformation! Love the splash of pink in the room. Looks wonderful, well done!

  8. June 6, 2011 5:01 pm

    I’m loving this room! The pink dresser is so hip and has the perfect hardware. I also love the textile hanging above it. Gorgeous!

  9. June 6, 2011 5:55 pm

    Wow the pink is amazing! And you are so right, it’s impossible to not notice! 🙂 xo

  10. June 7, 2011 12:26 am

    WOW! I love what you’ve done with your dining room! That pink dresser is bold and fun and gorgeous, and I love how it ties in with the quilt tablecloth.

  11. June 7, 2011 12:32 am

    I just love what you did with the dresser…the color is perfect. Those little frames with the costume jewelry is a great idea, they look so important this way. Large rooms can be really tricky… did a great job!!

  12. June 7, 2011 1:35 am

    Nice bold color choice. Well done.

  13. June 7, 2011 2:06 am

    Are are so in the pink with this transformation. What a difference!

  14. June 7, 2011 3:16 am

    I could not love this any more than I do! It’s perfection!

  15. June 7, 2011 2:06 pm

    wow! what a drastically different room with such fun pops of color! i LOVE the quilt, that is amazing, and the dresser really makes the room. fantastic job!

  16. June 7, 2011 8:23 pm

    Your dining room looks fantastic and the buffet is beyond spectacular. I love that color. Thanks so much for visiting and for the sweet comment.

  17. June 7, 2011 11:31 pm

    I love how you have displayed the vintage brooches. Very cool!

  18. Clair permalink
    June 8, 2011 1:00 am

    B-E-A-U-ti-FUL. Love it. Great job. My favorite color is Pink.

    • June 9, 2011 3:24 am

      Hi Clair, thank you so much. We found that patchwork print tablecloth topper at a lovely store in Rockport (in April) and that became the springboard for the whole movement to pink. You are such a sweetheart for stopping by. I’ve been thinking of you and Wally & send my best – hope he is feeling better and better 🙂

  19. June 9, 2011 2:06 pm

    Love the suzani on the wall. It is bold and colorful and adds personality! Thanks for sharing with us.

  20. June 10, 2011 2:02 pm

    I *really* love the pink!!! You are right about the room being large so such a lovely statement piece really holds it together. I’m glad you didn’t distress the furniture, so many people are doing it these days and honestly? It just makes stuff look old to me. Yours is just perfect 😀

  21. Rebecca F Hopkins permalink
    June 10, 2011 5:28 pm

    A rich brown glaze might give you the color you had in mind, although it looks great as is

  22. June 10, 2011 8:30 pm

    I love the salmon color you chose for the chest! It’s like night and day in there! Please come link to my party this weekend =)

  23. June 10, 2011 10:41 pm

    So pretty with pink!! Looks great~ Would love for you to share this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  24. June 11, 2011 3:05 pm

    Your dining room looks great. I love the pink!

  25. June 12, 2011 6:00 pm

    I am a follower on your blog and remembered reading this post and loving it. I am so glad you linked it up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I will be featuring your fabulous dining room tonight.

  26. June 13, 2011 3:35 am

    Love the colors! Large rooms can be difficult to decorate sometimes. Thanks for stopping by to add this to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

  27. June 13, 2011 9:22 pm

    You’re right, you can’t miss the impact of the pink. The suzani and new painted dresser look like a match made in heaven.

  28. June 20, 2011 12:14 am

    That is amazing! I love the new fresh color. So happy you joined the party. Have fun.

  29. June 20, 2011 5:07 pm

    Such a fun and exciting difference! I love the dresser in pink and those knobs look great with it.

  30. June 20, 2011 7:13 pm

    Love this!! Pink is one of my fave colors – really brightens up the space! And that hardware is to die for!! It looks great with the pink!

  31. June 22, 2011 3:59 pm

    Wonderful transformation without the expense of gutting the entire room! I love it!

  32. June 22, 2011 4:26 pm

    liked it before, and like the changes too. great job bringing it all together

  33. June 25, 2011 1:34 am

    Everything looks better with some pink!! Love what you did.

  34. August 5, 2011 7:25 pm

    I’m Loving the transformation! You’ve got great style!
    Thanks for sharing the fun at Pinkalicious Thursday!

  35. August 24, 2011 7:26 pm

    I love befores and afters! I am d-y-i-n-g over your round dining room table- I have dreamt of one since I was a kid!

  36. August 24, 2011 9:21 pm

    get out of here, it was a craigslist find? You are so lucky!


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