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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

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