A dark dated dining room that needed new life and new function. My client, a baby boomer, in the retirement season of her life needed to update her dining room space to reflect how she needed it to function now that she is retired and home full time. She is the hostess with the mostess and often hosts bible study and church events in her home but it was also her favorite space to sit near the window in the morning with a cup of coffee and read her devotions while listening to the water feature just outside of the window.

I redesigned this space to be a cheery, peaceful space to do just that.

Here's what it look like before the makeover. It had become cluttered and color scheme need to be update. She still loved her craftsman dining table and chairs but with the dark red walls, everything just blended together.


The first thing I did was repaint the walls in Oceanside, Sherwin Williams 2018 Color Of The Year. What a difference a coat of paint makes! This immediately perked up the room and made it feel fresh and bright.

Then I created two zones - one for dining and entertaining friends and family. The second space was specifically created for her daily devotions. We added a pair of comfortable reading chairs near the windows with a long console table that could also be used as a desk, a buffet and could be added to the end of the dining table for additional seating during the holidays or events.


Since my client is newly retired, she didn't have a large budget to makeover this space. It was important that we purchase a pair of comfortable chairs. I hunted this pair of Hooker tufted upholstered chairs that are generously sized at a consignment store and saved thousands of dollars. I also sourced the large piece of wall art at a consignment store for only $35.00! I pulled in the wall color with my favorite Opalhouse lumbar pillows from Target.

We also purchased the floor to ceiling curtain panels and the white slipcovered parsons chairs from IKEA proving that you don't have to break the bank to have an elegant home that you love.

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