Progress In the Dining Room


The sun is shining, my camera is working, and all the stars have aligned so that today I can share some projects I’ve been working on in the dining area of my kitchen. You saw phase one not too long ago in my Power of Paint post which included the new paint color and the furniture arrangement. This post is about the next phase lighting, art, and fabric.

Do you remember the before?


The inspiration was a Caladium painting I painted about a million years ago when I was in high school. Greens, blues and a pop of red. As long as we were going botanical I hung my vintage Murano glass flower chandelier I bought at a thrift store in Germany for 20€ ($25.) It feelas so good to be rid of some of the terrible lighting that came with the house.


I made drapes for my big pretty window out of this Richloom Solarium Balmoral Opal fabric.


I have been crushing on this big banana leaf fabrics for a while so when it worked with the art for this room I just had to use it!Large_0333348

I also recovered the seats of my vintage dining set (another a thrift store find.) It’s hard to tell from this before photo but the seats were original and badly stained.


I chose a similar fabric with a slightly greener tone to work with the curtains while keeping the original look. I chose an outdoor fabric because it is better at repelling stains, with a ten-year old boy who hasn’t heard of a napkin this was a must.12296067Add a few pieces of my West German pottery and it’s starting to feel like home. I may decide to add a rug in the future.  I’m still finishing up the adjoining kitchen area but for now I’m glad to have the table clear of tools and finally have a place to sit and have dinner.



  1. Janet Brennan says:

    Beautiful – love the curtains

  2. love it, maggie! i love the bright modern eclectic feel! and i agree- those curtains!

  3. I just love all the colors you have in your home. So much more fun that all the neutral these days!

  4. Nicely done!


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