so this weekend i was in a really weird ‘mood’. my ‘spaces’ were just starting to get to me. everything just seemed ‘out of place’. even though it probably was fine the way it was, i just couldn’t take it.

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i really need to thank you for all the help you gave me on saturday. i knew at least one of you would reach out with some thoughtful advice! who knew sooo many of you would. and some of you were so passionate about your opinion! i love it!


so you’re probably wondering what i decided. well, i think everyone will be happy with the decision (which was actually thought of by my brother. amazing! [but don’t tell him i said that … my sister-in-law and i are pretending it was her idea])


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while the room is still a work in progress, i’m really happy with how far it has come. so this is what the dining room looked like before. these pictures were taken probably in the fall/summer of 2008 (and i apologize for the quality and ‘darkness’ of these pictures. i don’t know what i was thinking.)

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yikes! right?


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and after

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i would love to know what you think! be sure to leave a comment below. as you can see i decided to keep six photos exactly as they were on the left … scratched the shelf idea … and added three photos on the right. i love it. and see those white chairs? my mom got them with a table she bought at an antique shop for her sewing room. she didn’t need the chairs…but they work perfect here .. don’t ya think!

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  • Rachel's Cottage House at

    I LOVE IT! Honestly, it looks the best with this arrangement!

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    P.S. I’m so glad to see you’re now on Eddie Ross’ blogroll. Congratulations! I also commented on his blog, and mentioned how terrific your jams are. Maybe some day he’ll visit the B&B in person. Now wouldn’t that be fantastic?

  • Kar at

    I like it. Less cluttered look. Kudos to your brother for the final look. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Melissa P at

    What really matters is that you are happy in your space. And I think you accomplished that. SUCCESS!

  • Posy Linda at

    Perfect solution. Well balanced. Great job to all!

  • Stitchfork at

    Looks peachy!! Or rather pears — really love that tablecloth too!

  • Karalee at

    Looks fabulous! Flows beautifully!

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Love love lovey love it!! The photos (AND THE WHOLE ROOM) are beautiful….just the right pop of color. You made the best decision!

  • Gabriela at

    Michael – you are truly an artist. I adore your decision and the balance you’ve created with the 6 pictures on the left and the 3 on the right over those tall (what are those?) urn looking things. Just lovely.

  • Angela at

    Your room is so lovely. It’s bright, and interesting, yet calm! The mirrors are wonderful and I am loving that tablecloth! Peace, Angela

  • Mrs. Adventure at

    I love it, AMAZING placment, I wouldn’t change a thing :+)

  • Allison Deal at

    that room looks AMAZING!!!!!

  • jen @ homeinthecountry at

    Stopping in to say hi for the first time – love your quilt project idea and linked to it today. Am totally going to send you some fabric! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your dining room looks fantastic. I’m loving the green buffet & new picture arrangement! Also love the mirror + plates combo – such a cool mix of modern & vintage!

  • WhenSheWasGood at

    Love it, love it! And wow, that yellow is fantastic!

  • Khak at

    great transformation, love it!

  • courtneyoutloud at

    If I may ask….where did you get the white urns on the console table? I think something like that would be perfect for the music room I am doing ……

  • Victory Garden Yarn at

    Oooh, I want to jump into those pictures and eat the bright, cheery colors! They look delicious! I especially love the cuckoo clock…I think every room needs a good cuckoo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    I like it. Love the white chairs.

  • The Rice Family at

    Pardon me for gushing but I LOVE THIS ROOM. You are a GENIUS!

    I have such a hard time mixing old and new. I’m inspired by these photos… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna Bartlett at

    What a lovely room – and with before and after photos you can really see the work you’ve done. Congratulations!

  • The mad woman behind the blog at

    Gorgeous. Are you available for hire? Say Northern California?

  • Christina at

    The room is beautiful, Love the colors

  • Amanda@The Hand Me Down House at

    Oh my gosh, Michael! Absolutely AMAZING! I saw you on Better After — and this place is gorgeous! Great job with all the colors — it’s a perfect combination! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Single Stone Studios at

    Found you via Better After – and what an AFTER this space is!! I so want to sit down and eat something yummy in this room and enjoy the company of some very cool people ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica at

    i’m totally obsessed with this space! bookmarking it now for whenever i get a dining room because this is exactly what i want it to look like! so bright and cheery. great job!

  • Sylvia at

    Visiting from Better After and your dining room is definitely better after. What did you do with the china cabinet that is on the left in the before room? Hope you found a place for it.

  • Ms. Childfree Chic at

    I just found you on Better After, and I have to say I love your dining room makeover! Incidentally, we share the same tastes. I recently painted my dining room yellow, and I bought the exact same chandelier you have before I saw your makeover. However, it’s going in my foyer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great job!

  • Chrissie at

    I love your bright happy colors!

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