When Linda of My Crafty Home Life invited me to join in a blog challenge of redoing a room in my home, I thought, hmm, I have just the room! My dining room has never really felt right. Yes, I know I just finished it like three months ago. I did it wrong. Now I'm redoing it.
It currently looks like this:
There's two problems with this room. First, this room is always cluttered. The overall sense in this room is one of "stuff". The curtains feel crowded. The picture ledges, although one of my favorite things in the room, also contribute to the sense of "stuff". I took the curtains down this weekend, and already the room feels more open.
The other major problem in the room is the color scheme. I tried to make it "coordinate" with the rest of the downstairs. And it does. But I think I'd rather it coordinated differently. Although I love the pale Gossamer blue on the back door, on the china cabinet it just seems....meh. It has no punch, no verve, no get-up-and-go. Bo-ring. I stepped out of my comfort zone of jewel tones...and I got something I don't particularly like. I don't hate it, but I don't look at it and think ooh! either.
Last problem: we are moving when our lease is up in June, so I am reluctant to do anything in this room that is not free or can't come with us. My budget is miniscule, except for the hardware I splurged on from Anthropologie for the china cabinet.
Here's my moodboard. If you remember my old moodboard for this space when we first moved in, you might think this is a bit redundant, and I probably should have followed it the first time around.
For the windows, I took down the curtains, and will be putting up pelmets with a greek key trim. I have some white fabric left over from another project, and red ribbon, so this project should be inexpensive.
I have a brown chair that will be getting a makeover, probably in yellow.
I plan to make some silhouettes, and an as-yet-undetermined piece of art for over the sideboard, perhaps something like this colorful woodblock piece.
Follow along for the next six weeks as I and fourteen other bloggers complete a one room makeover. Check out all the other rooms:
Saved by Suzy
Trapped in North Jersey
Nicole Scott Designs
Kim Macumber Interiors
Rue de Emily
The Pink Pagoda
Nana Moon Shop
Taylor Morgan Design
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