Simplifying a Dining Room Makeover

One challenge with living in an older home, especially one with a specific architectural style, is trying to merge your own style with that of the home.  Older homes have a ‘feel’ to them; It can be the molding, the antique fixtures or flooring. In our case, the home has great bones.  Its structure is solid, the lines clean, and honestly it just has some good feels going on!

My own style is fairly simple and a bit minimalistic, except when it comes to the closets.  Don’t open those doors, please!  Regardless of how messy I actually am, here’s how I honored our home’s Spanish style with my own…

First things first…look at those PINK walls!  When we purchased the home the owners had already moved out, so the items left in the house were either staging furniture or left behind by the owner.  Dining room before after-2
Antique-style furniture and a plain mirror dates the room considerably.Dining room before after
Great light and structure!

Keeping simplicity in mind, I chose to paint the walls, base, and ceiling white and use the curtains for color and texture.  We also like to entertain, so a large table that seats 12 was important. Dining room before after-3
A simple color scheme: earthy tones to complement the Spanish style.  Yes, it’s a French table and chairs – it fits my simple style and it fits 12!!Dining room before after-6
Holiday decorations with lots of swag help to create an old-world feelDining room before after-4Dining room before after-5

Table: Restoration Hardware Outlet, locations
Table Chairs: Restoration Hardware Outlet
Side Chairs: World Market, similar here
Curtains: World Market
After Paint: Linen White, Benjamin Moore


  1. Hi K
    Congratulation on your beautiful house.
    We were follow this house on the Internet in 2012, since we, too are moving close to your district.
    I can wait to see your ideas and renovation progress. I already appreciate helpful tips of the home decor places


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