Saturday, February 14, 2009

*9 Months Later...

....A dining room is born.

 Here is a picture of our dining room when we viewed the house to buy it... so this is the WAY BEFORE picture.  
* awkward arch in the wall,
*the carpet (that was covering up plywood, and beautiful wood floors that had been mistreated)
*acoustic ceiling tiles (we found plywood underneath those)
*wall papered  thin wall board

The next photo was shot looking into the dining room from the living room and in it you can see the workmen are enclosing the lovely hole that existed between the dining room and kitchen. Also notice the turquoise shelves.... and the lovely arched opening is GONE!

A view from the kitchen into the Dining Room before the opening was enclosed

and the dining room as it looks today... you can see a big influence from my favorite blogger,
Joni, from Cote de Texas who writes a blog I visit daily.  As I told her, I am not a consistent blogger, nor am I a consistent commenter, but I am a consistently huge fan of Joni as well as several other design blogs out there.  

The wall color is Ralph Lauren Putty, trim is Pratt and Lambert Seed Pearl.  The zebra rug was purchased online from, the white slipcovered chairs I picked up from the antique mall for $25 each.... and the McCoy vases I have collected for years.... the fireplace is from Lowes 75% markdown and the mirror was purchased from RED in Fredericksburg Texas.

Here are a few more shots... one  from the living room into the dining room

and from the kitchen into the dining room

It has been a L-O-N-G nine months, but I am so pleased with the results of our labor and the whole house renovation. Thanks to  my mom for taking the pictures and thanks to all you design bloggers out there who filled my head with inspiration! 

More pictures to come!  


Cote de Texas said...

it really looks great! I can't believe it is the same house - just beautiful! love the rug.

keep me updated on any other changes you make!!!


diana said...

Joni I thought maybe you would like the rug... it makes the room.. i think!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Your dining room is so fabulous as you are. Love the rug and the chairs. I am going to have to find a fireplace from Lowe's too. You did an excellent job. Love it

diana said...

Thank you so much.. I bought the fireplace last was the last one they had and such a great deal. It took 3 of us to assemble it and we had to add some screws to stabiliza a few of the pieces.

Anonymous said...

Hey pretty lady!!! I've missed you! The house looks phenom but of course I wouldnt expect anything less from you. I'm still green with envy over your Mccoy vases...sigh, loooove them so!
P.S Are you on facebook yet? If so, let me know so we can hook up.

Colour Me Happy said...

Wow that rug is something else!! It truly does make that dining room sing. Patterned rugs really are the trend these days I've noticed! Great job.

Cote de Texas said...

Diana - thanks for your comment on the skirted roundtables - when are you going to post again? if you do - will you let me know???? I'd love to see more!!! your house is just too cute!!!!

Love Where You Live said...

Hi Diana,
LOVE what you're doing with your home. Keep the photos coming!! I want to see more. The transformation is timeless and fresh. Are you doing the work yourself? (oh, yes, thanks for dropping by my blog! I appreciate the comment!) -susan

Love Where You Live said...

What a lovely, lovely transformation. Love the dining room! I think Joni steered you well. Looking forward to seeing more. cheers, -susan

Diana aka farmer di said...

Hi there

Just found you when visiting Cherry Hill Cottage ~ & your blog name caught my attention ~ and now seeing your name I can see why...Diana ~ same as my name & it is a great name! Will visit you often ~ really like your design style ~ take care
Diana aka farmer di

My Notting Hill said...

Your dining room is beautiful! Love the shelves w/the McCoy vases.

joan said...

Hi Diana! I loved your comment! I appreciate the support! I know you are right and in a year this will be just a faded memory.
Okay, I'm confused (nothing new here!)... I click on your blog and I think "I know this blog- she's in Texas" and then you say you just moved to Maine?!! I could have sworn I had commented on this post... I remember this wonderful renovation you did...
We love Maine! How are you liking it so far? SO sorry about the wet furniture (and the no AC...) We are in southern NH- where are you in Maine? Sorry so many questions I'm just intrigued to another ex-pat Texan!!

Daryl said...

Your dining room is just gorgeous. Great job!

Hill Country House Girl said...

Wow. What a beautiful transformation. Just catching up on you and your house adventures.