May 4, 2016

Fireplace Room/Dining Room BEFORE

I am so excited to share a little bit of our home with you today! I have been talking about it for so long and now that we have officially been in our home a year (!) I feel like such a slacker for not sharing photos. So, without further ado, here is what I like to call our "Fireplace Room." It is the room I would say that we spend the most time in. It is houses our fireplace (duh), the dining area and a small living room. It is at the center of the house and connects to the hallway where the bedrooms are, the kitchen and the front living room. 

I drew up this (horrible, not proportional) sketch of the layout of the house. It is perfect by any means, but I feel like it helps you get an idea of the layout. Haha, can you tell I have no artistic (or musical, but that is a different story) talents?

Also, this room (like most of the rooms in the house) has great bones. Our house was definitely not a fixer upper by any means! However, even with a "done" home - there is so much to do! I didn't even realize how much we had to do until we started doing it... and here we are a year later :)

The door you see through the hallway next to the fireplace leads to Piglet's bedroom. 

This might be the longest fireplace, ever. It's soooo long. And I LOVE it. Our first house did not have a fireplace so this has been an awesome upgrade. Also, Eric already replaced the sconces with the ones you see above - I forgot to take a picture with the ugly ones that came with the house :)

If you are really observant, you might notice that we got a new table already (see our old table in our old house) from West Elm. It is expandable (this is fully expanded) and seats 8-10 so we've already been able to host a few dinners. 

THrough the doorway straight ahead you can see the folding doors that lead to our laundry closet and the doorway to the right leads to the den. 

And yes, we've already started to put paint samples on the wall! Yay! 
Some other things we want to do:

  • paint the walls and ceilings (leave the bottom portion of the wall white)
  • do something with the ceiling beams... they make the ceiling feel low and they have kind of a shabby-chic vibe that I don't love
  • get new chairs for the dining table! 
  • replace the boob light (bleh) and the chandelier (don't love it and want something larger)
  • get new rug for living area
  • get new chair for living area
  • some sort of artwork above sofa
  • art above credenza
  • strip and stain mantel (?)
  • some sort of coffee table (maybe poufs?)
  • create functional toy storage
  • replace curtains with roman shade?


  1. Wow that is such a beautiful fireplace! It's a really pretty feature in that room too :) Look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the paint on the walls :)

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  2. Oh, I love getting inside people's houses! So nosy. I love the fireplace.

  3. I love that fireplace. That is one thing I really wish our house had!

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    1. I love the fireplace too! It looks like you have some great ideas for this space.

  5. I love it!! That massive fireplace is so pretty and has to be so fun to decorate for the holidays. I'm loving your new light fixtures and your boob light comment made me LOL! Our new house has a few of those, too. Looking forward to hearing about your projects as you complete them.

  6. Everything looks great and perfect

  7. I love everything about this dining room.. You made it not only pretty and warm and inviting but you have a clear vision for how to use the space! I just love it. Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas.


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