The Evolution of a Dining Room

Most of the rooms in our house have been in a slow evolution in the two years we have owned this home. Unless you're on a home decorating show, you usually don't perfect your rooms in one weekend. I know we are continually tweaking our rooms as our budget allows.

Our dining room has changed a lot since we moved in. The latest incarnation features our brand new capiz chandelier from West Elm, scored at the Pottery Barn outlet for only $50!

This modern chandelier has changed the entire look and feel of our living and dining room area. I am totally in love with the fresh new vibe!

We used to have a simple oil-rubbed bronze chandelier from Home Depot.

It was nice, but I feel like this one is so much more us. It's snazzy!

Just for fun, I thought I'd look back at how the dining room has changed since we bought the house.

This is how the previous owners had decorated the room. I took this photo when we were touring the house, right before we decided to buy it.

We moved in, but we really didn't have much. The dining room had a ceiling fan, which I thought was odd. You can see how dark it was without any overhead lighting. Our current dining room still has the same chairs and bench for the table, but that's about it.

We made a little progress when we added the chandelier and buffet table, along with some accessories. That giant G was our wedding guestbook– it has signatures and well wishes all over it. It's one of my favorite things in our house and is a great conversation starter.


Then we painted my old dining table a deep blue and finally hung some art on the opposite wall. 

Next we ripped out the laminate floors and installed flooring to match the rest of the house. 

We finally got our interior walls painted a fresh grey color, along with white trim. (It's Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, and it made our house feel like a brand new place!)

Then we found this great Pottery Barn dining table for only $200 (down from $1,700!) at the PB outlet. Yes, we love that place. We have found so many great deals!

We scored this awesome industrial shelf at the Wisteria Flea Market sale ($300, down from $850), and it totally changed the feeling in the room, much like our new chandelier. It makes the space feel  less traditional and more current.

And here we are now, complete with new chandelier!

It's just so interesting to see how one small space can change so drastically! 


It's also a good reminder that rooms don't perfect themselves overnight. If you're like us and don't have a lot of money to spend on furniture and decor, you may have to be patient to find the perfect items on sale. I still don't think this room is perfect– it really needs a nice rug and some other little tweaks– but it's certainly come a long way. I can appreciate the time and effort we've put into this space, especially since we spend tons of time in our open concept living/dining room. 

Do you have any rooms that have undergone a slow evolution? I'd love to hear about them!

* Patient Decorating *

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