Client Dining Room Makeover~Before and After

Today's "before and after" began as a basic room styling project that ended up being so much more.  This dining room makeover took place in a beautiful executive~traditional home belonging to my clients, Scott, Kristen and their two adorable children. 

 The home sits on a wooded, hill-top lot in a quiet park-like subdivision.  During the day, bright, natural sunlight fills the two story foyer which is adjacent to this dining space.  To take full advantage of this, the homeowners decided to open up the wall between the dining room and foyer {with the help of a licensed and insured builder}.

Here is what the dining room looked like before...


And After...


Opening just one wall, completely changed the look and feel of the entire home.  Bright, beautiful sunlight from the foyer now pours throughout the main level.  The new open concept gives the dining room and foyer a grand presence.  

The construction also inspired the addition of some pretty amazing custom moldings...
{Mike Moore, Moore Custom Woodworking}

...and a meticulous paint job {Scott Liles, Spartan Painting}.

We chose a soft, soothing, green wall color, "Oolong Tea" by Martha Stewart for the walls and crisp contrasting white for the moldings and trim. 

Scott and Kristen already had an amazing dining set and buffet.  We accessorized the table with green dishes and vintage replica wooden salad bowls.
We used large bubble hurricanes filled with fresh coffee beans and candles, to create a romantic and fragrant centerpiece.   

Oliver loves the new area rug.  Not only is it soft and pretty but the fact that it's actually an indoor/outdoor rug makes it a great choice for a young family with pets. 

Kristen found the perfect chandelier for the space.  The scale is spot-on and the clean lines compliment the gorgeous color block drapery from my favorite online custom drape shop, Martha And Ash. 

Speaking of the drapes, they are available in many colors.  We went with "ginger" and "white" to compliment the colors in the new rug. 

Kristen's dining room already had some great accessories like this fabulous standing terrarium.

We brought in a wooden box{that has special meaning to Scott} from another room and placed it on top of the buffet.  Not only does it come in handy for tucking things away, but it also keeps our leaning mirrors in place.  

We found this fantastic round mirror at a discount home store.  On it's own, the scale was a bit too small for the space so, we gave it a bigger presence by layering it over a larger, rectangular mirror.  

Layering and leaning the mirrors created a relaxed, unforced display.
Now that this room is open to the foyer, it's the first space you see upon entering their home.
It looks special, but still casual and inviting.  

This project was a ton of fun.  Thanks, Kristen and Scott, for inviting me into your home and allowing me to share your dining room makeover.

I hope you enjoy your new space for years to come.

***Out of courtesy to my full~service design clients, I am unable to share specific product sources.  Thank you for understanding.


  1. Wow, gorgeous! You always do such amazing makeovers!

  2. Beautiful job!!! Love how you included the pets in the photo's!


  3. Beautiful! Wish you could makeover our entire home :)

  4. You have such an amazing eye.. thanks so much for all the tips and tricks!

  5. Love the green walls with the brown stripe curtains. Very awesome.

  6. I love it! Well done and LOVE the paint color chosen!

  7. Rug is perfect...where is it from?

  8. Oh how I love love LOVE the round mirror pictured on the buffet! It caught my eye when Joss & Main featured it in one of their sales this summer, but it was gone before I could order it (yes, I seriously was going to pay over $100 for a MIRROR, that's how much I loved it!) Now I'm trying to figure out how to DIY it-- unless I can find it in a store. What discount store did you find it in? PLEASE????


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