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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving & Dining Room Makeover!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving today and a fabulous weekend filled with shopping, eating, resting and laughing with friends & family!

I have finished "most" of my dining room makeover.  If you recall it was very red...I love red..but after 7 years I needed lighter & brighter.  Still a bit Rustic-French Country but just a lighter version.  We still have to hang the new chandelier but that didn't get done in time for Thanksgiving..oh well.  But I'm thrilled with the Benjamin Moore color (Powell Buff) on the walls...a creamy gold that really brightens up the room.


This is what I had going on before....we lost the rug last year because the cats liked to use it
as a scratching post out that went...I still mourn its loss.  And I love red but I'm over it and I needed new art for my this picture I had removed most of the art I had up.  And a new chandelier will be the final touch, something larger and more French Country feeling.

And here she is after the re-do!

The dining room is dressed for Thanksgiving...I'm hosting it this year.
Its not my favorite holiday I will say but I enjoy the time off with my family.
My dining room furniture was an anniversary gift over 14 years ago from my husband...its from Ethan Allen and something I will never get rid of....I love the honey color and distressed feel to each piece.

I have lanterns from Kirklands, candles, pumpkins and a wheelbarrow I got in Lucketts at the Design House.  This middle arrangement will come off for dinner of course.  And soon it will be decked out with Christmas decorations.

My curtains used to hang to the floor and they were lovely.  However they collected more cat hair than my vacuum cleaner and were a pain in the bum.  And I just wanted a fresher, lighter look for the windows.  The mirrors on either side of the windows are from Hobby Lobby.  I am in the process of repainting all the white trim in my far I have 3 rooms done..phew..after 7 years it definitely needed the touch up.

I finally got to rehang my Warren Kimble picture...I love his art and we were lucky enough to meet him in his studio years ago up in Vermont.  He signed a few pieces for me and this is one of them...something I will always treasure.  And it goes with the French Country theme nicely I think.

I went for simplicity this Thanksgiving for table settings.  Linen placemats, our silver, mini grapevine wreaths as napkin holders and rustic pumpkins at each place setting.  Those are Waterford water glasses at each setting that James' grandmother got us years ago for Christmas.  They come out every holiday season and we remember her...she got us many of our nice serving pieces each holiday.

The wall with the buffet will soon be stenciled with a 24x24 size stencil in two-shades darker than the paint color now.  It will be subtle and a damask print on that one wall to draw interest behind the buffet.  And the pictures I have (4 in total--2 for each side) will go on each side of the buffet. I can't wait to hang those.  I'd love to have a tall hutch at some point but I have too many other "needs & wants" for the house first LOL.

Here they are before and after...big difference no?  I love it!
I will share final pics once the stenciling is done, new pictures hung and new chandelier hung.
Big improvement at least to me :)

This is a Thanksgiving Fall Subway Art I made for my kitchen that I framed.
I haven't grabbed a photo yet yikes...but if anyone would like to use it feel free.
Its sized for 8x10 paper and prints nicely on cream cardstock.

Entering this Makeover into the following fun Linky Parties:

36th Avenue
The Fun in Functional
Common Ground
Make It Pretty Monday
Alderberry Hill/Make the Scene Monday
DIY Dreamer



  1. Loving the new look - even with the completely different colour scheme it still looks warm and cosy and the perfect place to entertain - would sooo love to have a snoopie around your home lol - Happy Thanksgiving Suzanne to you and your family, from the Hutcheons, England, lbig hugs Jo xx

    1. Thanks so much Jo! You are welcome to visit anytime although its a mess right now since we had the burst pipe LOL. Slowly but surely....

  2. Wow!! I love the deep burgundy and white but the lovely pale mustard is gorgeous as is your wonderful table and sideboard decorations. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family, I hope you all have a wonderful day. Hugs Suzi x

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    1. Thank you bunches, I appreciate it! Happy New Year!

  4. Beautiful! It's so much warmer and inviting. You did a wonderful job.

  5. Suzanne - if only we could bottle your energy, creativity and fabulous decorating sense, we would be millionaires LOL! Beautiful work on your dining room! I can't wait to see your Christmas trees! :)

    1. Ha..I need some of it now so that would be great LOL! I have the flu and its hit me hard..not getting much done currently ugh!

  6. Love the new look Suzanne. Living in Africa I just love light colours, so your lighter diningroom is very appealing. hugs Sharon x

    1. Thanks so much Sharon! I feel like i need more lighter & brighter in my life and house this year too :)

  7. Love the new look in your dining room. I am doing the opposite. I am looking to do my walls red. Do mind sharing the color your walls used to be? I love that red. Thanks

    1. Thank you so was time for lighter & brighter for me. I know the paint was by Ralph Lauren but not sure of the color...will have hubby see if he can get the old can down if we still have it and let you know.

  8. Dearest Suzanne ...I have followed you from afar, here, and there over the years. Sad to say, I lost track of your wonderful Copic Tutorials in 2010. I found a wonderful Copic Colourist named Marie, who credit's her style, and work to YOU! I see the similarities...smiles She just did a video on a Scandanavian Distress Technique, and said you were the first to bring it to life with Copic's...WOW, truly AMAZING to view today. I'm CANADIAN, and a fan of your work. I wanted to somehow leave you a Thank you note, for your lasting impression on me, through your Copic Colouring. I hope you will see this comment, and know your work with Copic's is missed. Marie is such a sweet lady, and I'm sure you know that! Well, my novel has ended, but not without a HUGE THANKS! I'd love to have you visit my Blog. Marie subscribed, and I was filled with JOY! Blessings to you!

    1. Hi Carol! Sorry late responding...I published your comment & then forgot which post you commented on LOL! Marie is one of my best students & a very good friend so you have a good teacher in her. Thank you so much for leaving me a note, its very appreciated especially after some rough health issues this winter...put a smile on my face! Happy coloring to you! Hugs~


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