The Dining Room-for now

We have been in our house for a little over 2 years now.  Where does the time go?  Sometimes it’s good to see those drab before pictures to really appreciate how far you’ve come, because sometimes it seems as though you’re not making any progress.  Below is the dining room piled high with unpacked boxes and the original yellow walls and then pictures of what the dining room looks like now.

DinigRoomBEFORE

DiningRoom4AFTER

We recently purchased a chandelier for the dining room, making this room “finished” for now.  The chandelier is this one from West Elm.  One of the biggest driving and deciding factors was cost.  We bought the fixture on super sale, I think we paid $175 for it.

DiningRoom1

The gallery wall is probably my favorite thing in this room.  I love that guests always walk up to it and comment on the pictures.  One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to get that “collected over time” look and feel, is to literally collect and purchase the frames as you go.  Don’t go out buying 10-15 frames all at once.  Your gallery wall will end up looking “forced.”  Take the time to buy frames you really love and of varying sizes.  I have always been a picture frame hoarder and had amassed quite the collection over the years.  When I started working on the gallery wall, I laid out all the frames; weeded out the ones that didn’t suit the look I was going for and those that were looking a little bit dated.  From there, I bought a couple more frames here and there until finally deciding to put them up on the wall.DiningRoom2

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