Liven up your space by featuring pretty prints on rugs, window treatments, pillows nad more. Block print dhurrie rugs can command a pretty penny. To get the look for less, use a pretty wall stencil to apply a pattern to a large piece of artist canvas or drop cloth with a foam stencil brush. For an 8' by 10' rug, you'll need about a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. Wash stencil every other use to keep paint from clumping and elaving unwanted marks on the rug. 

When the homeowners removed the structure's dropped ceilings and drywall, they discovered dramatic roof beams and charming beadboard. In the dining room, and throughout the residence, they sanded the pine floors and stained them a rich ebony. Here, they sit in midcentury Woodard chairs. A friend crafted the dining table out of wood salvaged from a bowling lane. The oversize light formerly illuminated a factory. The walls are painted High-Gloss White by Behr.


There are literally hundreds of ways to do lighting fixtures. Most people who are looking for that “unique” factor head for junkyards or cruise throw-aways looking for ideas. Recycling sturdy toss-outs, like a small crate box or old horse stable lantern, and outfitting it with bronze or metallic light fixtures can perk up a dark area with some style.
DO pay special attention to the transition zone. Once the kitchen is opened up, you can customize the opening depending on how you wish to treat the transition from the kitchen to the adjoining space. For example, if you remove a wall to connect the kitchen with another room, part of the newly enlarged space can be dedicated to food preparation and part to eating, socializing, reading, or watching TV – that’s the beauty of an open concept kitchen.
Hello my friends! I’m excited to finally reveal our dining room remodel before and after photos! This was the first and largest project we tackled when we moved into our new home last March and yet it somehow flew under the radar on the blog! Apparently I’ve been too busy to remember to share it with you! However, it is here now so let’s get to some dining room remodel before and after shots!

DO use cohesive design elements. Just because you’re combining two rooms that were once “separate” doesn’t mean you can keep them completely design-independent of each other. The best designers will tell you to pick a few cohesive elements and integrate them in all spaces now connected by your open floor plan. For example, similar colored trimmings or accent colors throughout will create a connected aesthetic and prevent rooms from competing with each other.

A treasured and charm-ridden wood carved light fixture, white-washed barrel top dining tables, stainless steel and and a whimsical combination of semi-circles help make this sparkling open space eat-in kitchen clean and inviting. Lively conversation, a blaring television, and tabletop chatter are all elements that keep the cook cooking and wondering how to make it all taste better.

DO use cohesive design elements. Just because you’re combining two rooms that were once “separate” doesn’t mean you can keep them completely design-independent of each other. The best designers will tell you to pick a few cohesive elements and integrate them in all spaces now connected by your open floor plan. For example, similar colored trimmings or accent colors throughout will create a connected aesthetic and prevent rooms from competing with each other.

For a similar reason, opening up a kitchen to a dining room is also a great option for homeowners who enjoy entertaining. From dinners to parties to informal gatherings with friends, open concept kitchen/dining rooms lend themselves especially well to conversation. There are no awkward walls and doorways to block the view of other party goers, and the open concept facilitates easier traffic patterns with large groups as well. Not to mention, many open concept kitchen remodels include islands or bar-style countertops, which are great for appetizers and buffet-style dining.
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