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This article was written on 25 Sep 2012, and is filled under Dining Room, Local Color.

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Virtual tour: Dining room

As promised, here is the next installment of my little virtual tour series. Today, I give you (drum roll, please) the dining room:

That beautiful floral arrangement that you see in the photos was a gift from a very special someone. The flowers really elevated the dining room, adding a nice little shot of color and freshness, and made things more festive for the tour. Lovely.

Here’s a close-up:

The dining room has really come a long way—it was gratifying to have this room finally feel more complete and pulled together in time for the tour. While there are things I would still like to do (I’m thinking of repainting the interior of the built-in china cabinet, and I’d like to add roman shades to give the windows a little bit more of a layered look), the dining room has really evolved since its starting point. To help jog your (and my) memory, here is a “before” photo:

And here are the “after” shots:

While the things I’ve done in this room have all been cosmetic (painting the walls and trim; purchasing a new rug; adding new window hardware and hanging new curtains; adding new and more appropriately scaled furniture), in my mind, it’s a pretty big difference! What do you think?

I’ll be back with more photos later this week. 🙂

Anna xo


  1. Elga Dzirkalis
    September 26, 2012

    Congratulations on a successful tour-the transformation of the dining room is truly stunning and dramatic…the beautiful flowers from ” a special someone” add colorful punch and vitality! So glad all went well- I am sure you are filled with a fine sense of accomplishment!

  2. Mara D
    September 27, 2012

    We are so impressed with the transition. The flowers add the finishing jewelry to the room.

    • writer&residence
      October 1, 2012

      Thank you! I’m pleased with the progress so far, and reading your comment encourages me to keep going! 🙂

  3. Jill P
    October 12, 2012

    Love the before and after pictures!! Just beautiful! Casual elegance at its best! Found your site from reviews on OS. Thinking of getting the same rug for our “home away from home” in SW FL. Are you still happy with the hand woven jute rug???

    • writer&residence
      October 19, 2012

      Hi Jill, thanks for your comment and your nice compliment, and apologies for the tardy reply–my spam filter has taken to blocking real comments!! To answer your question, yes, I’m still very happy with this rug. Granted, it’s not in an extremely high-traffic area, but it has held up really well and looks great. I’ve enjoyed it!

  4. Julie O.
    October 23, 2012

    Lovely transition! I am sure you and your family enjoy happy times.

    Do you mind sharing where your original “inspiration” photos came from? Are they from Cote de Texas or Gerrie Bremermann by chance? Much obliged.

  5. Darlene
    June 16, 2013

    First, your dining room is beautiful and thank you for sharing. I am looking for a natural fiber rug and I love the look of this rug in your dining room. What color is the rug. It is hard to tell whether it was the natural brown or the bleached rug.

    thank you

  6. Kimberly Shields
    October 31, 2014

    Hi, I found you on I’m considering purchasing the same rug for my bedroom. It looks beautiful in your Dining Room, along with the entire look. I definitely think I will purchase it now, having seen it in your space. I think I noticed a radiator in your dining room. I have one as well as have been hesitant on a long panel window treatment because I don’t know how to address that area. Can you please tell me or show me how your panels work in that space. Thank you! And again, I love what you did with your Dining space.

    • writer&residence
      November 3, 2014

      Hi Kimberley, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am still very happy with the rug, and i hope you will be too.

      As for the curtain panels and radiator issue: I do have radiators directly below my windows. I opted to switch out shorter curtains that were on the windows when I moved in with longer panels — to me, the longer panels look more elegant and modern, and they help the room feel “taller,” if that makes sense. The new longer panels simply flank the radiator on both sides, and they go all the way to the floor. I also hung the curtains higher above the top edge of the window–again, to make the room feel taller.

    • writer&residence
      November 3, 2014

      Here is a photo to show you what I’ve done:

  7. Name *
    November 3, 2014

    Thank you so much for getting back to me and for posting a new pic. I like how draped the curtains over each side. My radiator is larger and not centered with my window, which doesn’t give me that option unfortunately. I’ll just have to get creative I suppose because I do love the look of the long panels, and I agree that hanging them at a higher height gives the room more height and looks more elegant. I’m so happy you are still very pleased with your rug – I’m very excited to get mine! It’ll give me a good jumping off point for the bedding and window treatments. It’s been a long and slow process but I’m on the upswing with my total bedroom reno., which I did all my myself, starting with tearing out old and nasty shag carpet, sanding wood floors painting, etc. What a job – but rewarding! Thanks again for sharing!

    • writer&residence
      November 3, 2014

      You’re welcome, Kimberley. And congratulations on your progress! Slow and steady wins the race! 🙂 Maybe a soft Roman shade could help solve the radiator challenge? An outside mount, maybe, hung slightly higher and wider to give the windows more presence and you more privacy… just a thought. Thanks again!

      • Name *
        November 3, 2014

        You’re reading my mind. My house is 100 years old and I have beautiful millwork that I’m struggling to cover up. A soft roman shade was what I was planning on hanging – but won’t have the same effect as a long drapery panel. But if I do it right, will look beautiful!

        • writer&residence
          November 4, 2014

          I think it could be a really nice option, given your radiator challenges. Gotta love old homes, though. 🙂

      • Name *
        November 3, 2014

        You’re reading my mind. My house is 100 years old and I have beautiful millwork that I’m struggling to cover up. A soft roman shade was what I was planning on hanging – but won’t have the same effect as a long drapery panel. But if I do it right, will look beautiful!

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