Our dining room is currently one of my most favorite rooms in the house. I think that's partly due to the fact that is the room that it's the most complete and the only one that currently has paint on the walls. Unlike in the condo, where we rarely used the dining room, we actually get a lot of use out of this room. We actually eat most of our meals in here. It helps that we can see the t.v. in the living room from the table.
Below are two pictures of the dining room before we moved in. Pretty standard. Nothing special.
Below are the 'after' pictures. Please pardon the shitty quality. We still haven't gotten a new camera so you're stuck with phone pictures.
Here's the view of the whole dining room from the stairs. When you enter the house, you pass the kitchen then walk into the open space that includes the dining room and the step down living room.
We had red walls in the condo and loved it. Cliche color for a dining room. Perhaps. But we like it so that's that. The only new things we bought were the picture frames that are on the wall to the right. Everything else we had already.
Here's the view you see when you first enter the open space from the entry hallway. As you can see it's open to the living room which gives everything a nice flow. Eventually we would like to get a larger table that can accommodate more guests but for now this works.
We switched out the old light fixture with the one we had in the condo. It matches everything much better. We'll probably try to sell the old one on Craig's List.
Here's the matching wine rack. We have pictures of both of our families from our engagement party on top.
This is the view from the wine rack wall. Kristian wanted to paint this wall red as well but I thought it would be too much. We agreed this wall would be painted the same color as the living room eventually since it flows right into it. We plan to paint both a light gold similar to the color in the painting. Something light so that this whole area isn't full of such dark colors. That doorway leads down to Kristian's 'man cave'.
Here's our photo collage wall. I've been wanting to do this since we first moved in. I really wanted a spot to display a lot of our wedding pictures and I love how the black and white looks against the red walls. Per Kristian I was not allowed to use ALL wedding photos (though most are) so we have a couple honeymoon, engagement pics, rehearsal dinner picture and one photo from our Jamaica trip mixed in. It's probably a bit narcissistic to have a wall of photos dedicate to yourself but I paid a lot of money to get those pictures taken, damn right I'm going to display them! I'm sure as time goes on and once we have a kid we'll switch out the photos and update this area. We may also add a few more photos to the right and below to really fill the wall up.
The next two are closer shots of each side of the wall. Since the camera on my blackberry sucks it was hard to get these to come out well. The one on the top left was a Christmas gift from my mom, it's one of those prints where they spell each letter of your name using an inanimate object that looks like that letter. The photo below that is a picture of us exchanging rings with the text of one of our readings from the wedding called "Blessing of the Hands". **I stole this idea from my girl K.Law who had the same reading in her wedding and a similar photo frame in her house.
So that's our dining room. I love the way it's turned out so far and I'm happy that at least one of our rooms is pretty much complete.