Decorating Ideas: The Evolution of a Dining Room

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

When Sunshine was about 2 years old my Dad bought her a play table / computer type toy.  We had a small section of our dining room cornered off with a low bookcase and it was her “play zone”.

She loved that computer and would giggle each time it talked to her when she pushed buttons.

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

A few minutes after she would walk away, the toy would call out and ask, “Do you want to play?”.

Cute right?

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

Except it was less cute when the toy began asking in the middle of the night, from the dark dining room, “Do you want to play?”.

Luckily she was young enough that she didn’t notice when that toy ended up in the trash.

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

And, shortly after that she outgrew her “play zone” and the dining room went back to be a dining room again.  With it no longer acting as a playroom, we worked to decorate the dining room as I had always dreamed.

Just like this…

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

Red walls, blue pottery in the black cabinet, a patterned rug, crown molding (our very first DIY project by the way) and a simple black chandelier.  And the room made me happy.

But as we all know, our tastes change and new things make us happy.

Like this….

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

There is still red, in the art and my toleware trays – and in my new amazing rug from Dash & Albert (named “Steps”).

But now the walls are a soft bluish gray.

And my collection of “Hen-in-a-nest” glassware now sits in the hutch.  It started years ago with one large and two little – for me and my girls.  But I didn’t seem to be able to stop at three.  And how sweet is this tiny one I just recently found?


And my blue plates have been moved to the kitchen and now the hutch is filled with white ironstone.  And more chicken themed glassware.


We may not use this as a playroom any longer, but it is well used as a dining room.

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

It is used for holidays and birthdays.


But it has also been filled with cold friends eating chili after cutting down Christmas trees.

Or delivery pizza on a causal Friday night.

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

There have been school projects agonized over and craft projects created.

The furniture is the same as when the walls were red.  The table and chairs were bought out of the newspaper long before there was Craigslist and the ability to email photos.  And the hutches were found at my favorite vintage shop.

The chandelier is the same too. Although, I am thinking it may be time for some fun new shades!

Decorating Ideas - The Evolution of a Dining Room

This is the room where the sun shines first in the morning and greets me as I stumble down for coffee.

These are the windows I watched as my children crossed the street for the first time.

And I hope for many more years of memories, right here at our old table.

Thanks for reading!

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23 thoughts on “Decorating Ideas: The Evolution of a Dining Room”


  1. Beautiful story Laura…I love the transformation of the dining room….I so remember when red was the color of choice for the dining room…Great rug…perfect choice for the room!…I am trying to decide whether paint my dining room in my new fav color SW Silvermist…I have painted 4 rooms in it so far and thinking of moving on to the dining room…the soft blue in yours is just so beautiful!!

  2. Such a pretty, bright, cheerful room. So fun to hear about and see it’s evolution, which resonates so much with me. The red dining room/the toys that talk in the middle of the night/the phases of our lives as our kids grow up. It’s so much more than just a room or just a house, isn’t it?

  3. I think everyone had the red dining room/wainscoting syndrome! I love it now, it’s warm and inviting, I just love your table and hutches. Actually, everything!! And I am ga ga over the flower arrangement!


  4. I love the color!! It’s amazing how much bigger the room looks!! I’m entering that phase where all my dark walls are starting to close in on me!!! I need some grayish blue in my life!!~~Angela

  5. Oh Laura I just absolutely love your dining room and really relate to having your style evolve! Actually our styles (both then and now) seem to be on the same trajectory and I think it’s so great to show how you can change a room without having to start completely from scratch. It’s beautiful my friend!

  6. Your dining room is stunning, love it all but the table, captain’s chairs and all that stoneware really spoke to me in that hutch. It said come and get me. Love the centerpiece, the flowers are gorgeous. That story of the toy was great. I remember my brothers doing that to a few toys their children had that seem to speak at random in the evening hours.


  7. Laura, what a great transformation. I’m a huge Dash and Albert Rug fan myself. I think I have at least 5! The soft blue gray in here is perfect. Do you know the paint color name? I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

  8. Hi, your dining room is beautiful – love the style! I have the same floral arm chairs and was wondering if you have any information about the brand or maker. We happened upon ours a couple months ago at an estate sale and was curious to find out more information. IThey go perfect with my room palette and I’ve been trying to figure out the manufacturer to see if they offer any coordinating pieces.


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  11. I simply HAD to comment when I saw this dining room. We have very similar tastes. I have a large dark stained china cabinet, and another cabinet filled with pitchers. One of my favorites being simple white. Tole trays hang on my wall and sit on top of my cabinet. A very similar chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and my husband just recently had the brilliant idea of removing the shades completely. We replaced the bulbs with 15 watt flame bulbs, and it looks beautiful! You might try it, rather than buying a new set of shades.

  12. Laura,

    I enjoy your blog and absolutely love your home and decorating style. I have trays (that were my grandparents) similar to the ones you have hanging on your dining room wall. I would like to hang mine a well. How did you hang them? Thanks.