Laura’s Front/Dining Room (Before + After!)

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) The front room or entryway of a house is actually one of the most important spaces in your whole home. You want it to be inviting and comfortable for guests as you welcome them into your home, as well as set the tone of your personal design aesthetic. Basically, that first space is your chance to immediately let people know who you are and what you are all about. Before moving to Nashville, I had never heard of a “sitting room” and couldn’t figure out what we were supposed to do with half of the space in this long front room. I mean, I get the dining area and how that works, but what do you do in a sitting room? Just sit?? Apparently – YEAH! Since this extra long room was going to serve double duty, I wanted to make sure it felt like there were two separate, yet totally cohesive spaces. I knew in this house I really wanted to do a blush pink room, so I thought that would be perfect for the dining area to divide and warm up the space. It’s one of my favorite rooms for sure (and a great setup for entertaining), but it didn’t always look this way!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Sooo, if you ask me, I think we’ve accomplished a pretty good transformation of this space! You can see what the original floor color was before we had them refinished with a custom stain color I mixed up. I really like the modern feel and contrast that dark floors can bring. Painting the walls a pure white (no tint added) in the sitting area and a light blush pink (Baby Blush by Valspar) in the dining room helps separate the two spaces a bit without making them feel disjointed. I love the big windows that look out to the front. So we took the valences off the top and added some long curtains to update the room.

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!)
This sideboard actually came about when Josh was making a record player station for Elsie but made it too skinny to fit her record player – whoops! I got the mess-up version, which is perfect for holding glassware by the dining table. One man’s trash…

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Always adding to my vintage glass collection, but I think I have to stop soon – I’m running out of room!!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!)
We also switched out the stock light in the dining room and replaced it with the sputnik that hung in my art room at our last house. A little bit of gold spray paint made it look like a whole new light! This table is also the table that we had in our last dining space (it’s a smaller version of the one Elsie made a few years back), but I painted the table white before we moved and gave the legs a gold makeover too (do you see a theme here?). I really like how clean the white mod dining chairs look with the table as well.

The oversized square frame above the buffet was made with this easy technique, and using super affordable engineer prints is still one of my favorite ways to decorate and make a big statement.

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) I wanted to add some greenery along this back wall, so I made these cute wall planters out of wooden jewelry boxes and some gold chain. I usually like to use faux plants on wall planters so I don’t risk getting the walls wet every time I water them. They are making some awesome plants these days!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) I have a few of these hanging planters (made from gold bowls) in my office as well, but I love them so much that I made another one to hang in the front room. How cute is that plant guy with the crazy hair?!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) What’s a 60s ranch house without a bar cart, AMIRIGHT? This is a thrifted one from a vintage store a few years back, and I like all the gold accents with the wild at heart print hung right above it. The white furry stool on the right is usually in front of the window so the kitties can watch all the birds in the front yard – they love it!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) We love our super comfy Hopson sleeper sofa from Joybird. There were so many colors to choose from, but we chose a soft grey called District Mineral, and I think it works really well with the room. It’s a cozy place to curl up in the morning and watch the kitties lay in the sunbeams that come through the big front windows. That giant pink phone is one of my favorite vintage finds since we moved for sure. I think it was an advertisement for something in the 70s, but it’s just too adorable for words. I added in those amazing marbled pillows recently, and I like that they compliment the existing color palette but add that really bright salmony pink color as well.

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) The sleeper sofa option is perfect for us because we both work out of the house and don’t really have a dedicated guest room at the moment, but we can offer guests the whole front room since both doors to the rest of the house can be shut and curtains drawn for privacy at night. It’s the best of both worlds because we can still make the most of our space the rest of the time and just have a comfy extra bed when we need it!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) I just love this Brielle cocktail table and how the gold details compliment the rest of the gold accents in the room. It’s nice and large so we can gather around at parties and still have a spot to place drinks and what not (although I usually end up sitting next to it on the floor when we have company – I’m a floor-sitter!). We had this West Elm rug at our last house for only a few months before we moved, but thankfully it works really well in this house too and helps add some lightness to the dark floors.

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!)While Todd has a studio of his own that we are working on (we are converting our one-car garage for him), we like to keep this Wurlitzer in the house so we can do a bit of live music as needed. Also, it’s just pretty darn cute, so he gets points for that too. We still have the oversized tiled Paris photo to remind us of our sweet trip there last year. I believe we were in line for the Musée d’Orsay, and I had just eaten a butter and sugar crepe when I took that photo. TAKE ME BACK!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) This skinny pink planter is just what this open wall space needed! Some plants, a little pink and gold… what’s not to love? Also, I found that authentic 70s movie poster here at a vintage shop this fall, and the colors were just what I was looking for, and it’s just a plain hilarious poster. I actually have a Master’s Degree in Theology, so I think it’s extra fitting…

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!)I really like having this small circle chain mirror by the door. Mirrors are a nice alternative to a print or hanging plant. They make the room feel bigger, and they give you an extra chance to see if you have something in your teeth before you answer the door. A win all around!

Bright + airy sitting:dining room makeover (click through to see before and after!) And just in case you’re wondering what my husband thinks of all the pink… he loves it! He’s really the best when it comes to decorating because he knows how much I enjoy it and that he’ll end up loving it when it’s done. So I pretty much have carte blanche to do whatever I think would be cool. And besides, pink used to be viewed as a masculine color until only recently, so I don’t think colors should be limited to certain genders only. I’ll take pink and baby blue thankyouverymuch!

Anyway, thanks for sharing in more of our house progress! It’s definitely starting to feel like the finished areas of the house are slowly slipping into the majority of the space, and that’s a good feeling to have almost 9 months into the renovation process. Onto the next! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Hi, Do you mind telling me the dinning room paint color, I searched a lot on your blog to see if you mentioned somewhere but I couldn’t find it.

  • I am LIVING for these rooms!! They are SO gorgeous and they flow so nicely! This is such an inspiration to me!

  • What are the lengths of the hairpin legs? Love this!

  • Took me time to read all the comments and I really enjoyed that article. It’s very helpful for me.

  • Wow! I am totally blown away. Very well done up.

    Love the pink + white + Grey color crush! Will definitely incorporate this one to my home designs for my clients!

    Deeksha
    http://www.kataak.com/

  • I am LIVING for these rooms!! They are SO gorgeous and they flow so nicely! This is such an inspiration to me!

  • Took me time to read all the comments and I really enjoyed that article. It’s very helpful for me.

  • Hi! Would you mind sharing how you painted the walls so ombré and amazing?

  • I NEED to know where you got the image for that engineer print. That is exactly my style, especially since I could never afford a Stephanie Vovas print.

  • I was wondering the same thing – thanks for asking & answering!!! (goes to Target’s website…)

  • I love how functional and varied this space is! At first, I thought it was just pretty but this is really well put together and thought out. I especially LOVE the light fixture and the custom stained floor!

    http://www.shehlagrr.com/2016/03/living-room-progress-updated-ceiling.html

  • Great space!! I love all the details. Where is the the table next to the Wurlitzer from (the white cage-like table)?

  • Yep! Here’s the tutorial!
    https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/03/make-your-own-photo-candle.html

    Laura 🙂

  • I just love the way everything is tidied up… really nice space and organisation.

  • WOW!! This is such a gorgeous room!! Such great interior style – I would love my house to look modern and fresh like this! Amazing!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • I absolutely agree about pink not having to be only a ‘feminine’ colour. Colour corresponding to gender is such a silly idea! Beautiful space, Laura!

  • Love love all in this dining room….
    I am looking for a chair like those for my studio : )

  • Totally agree with all of these gushing and positive comments. Such good work here! So hip and fresh. And pink and blue for everyone! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • These walls are to die for! Love everything about this!

    itsamodlife.com

  • absolutely in love with the bar cart! amazing transformation

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

  • Is that a photo booth candle I spy? Love what you’ve done with these two rooms!

  • You have a masters degree in theology?! You are so Rad!!!! Love everything you share Laura 🙂

  • Oh thanks! That planter is from Terrain:
    http://www.shopterrain.com/indoor-planters-/?cm_sp=Left-Nav-_-Garden-_-Garden-Indoor-Planters

    Hope you find one you like!

    Laura 🙂

  • Great room! I especially love the greenery, it livens up the space a lot.

    Amber
    amberbutbetter.blogspot.com

  • I love the side tables in the dining space that are used as plant stands – where are those from?

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! What a lovely room (rooms?).Tonnes of inspiration and diy ideas. Cheers!

  • Laura I am blown away! What a lovely home you’ve got. I hope you don’t mind if I volunteer myself as a guest? LOL. You are slaying with all these home inspirations and decor. I love it!

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

  • i thought the same thing! the walls seemed to shift into different soft, sourbet colors. so neat!

  • I’m obsessed with her dining room table and chairs! They’re amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Love those succulent plants holders. The pink is such a pretty color, too.

  • it looks amazing! It is SUCH a great use of the space and looks very cohesive. I wouldn’t have necessarily picked pink but I love what you did with it. I had a pink tile bathroom that I struggled with (because I had to keep the tile!) and I was concerned it was going to be too girly as an entry powder room for guests. But I think the final result turned out great- the hint of pink is still there but I was able to make it modern and fun. You can see it here!

    http://thestylesafari.com/?p=7901
    -Stefanie

  • Ugh Laura, this is awesome! I’ve loved seeing little snippets of your space on snapchat and here on the blog – but together – WOW. So impressive!! I would love to hear where you found your awesome planters. I have a fiddle leaf fig that needs a pot to call home but I’m not having much luck 🙁 xo

  • Love all of those colour tones together – what a change! Looks soo lovely!

    www.georginamarmoy.blogspot.com

  • I love all the unique pieces and the color palette is great as well. This space has so much personality and seems so authentic. I’m purchasing a fiddle leaf fig for my living room soon and this has me super excited to have it in my space. The black planter is gorgeous!

  • Beautiful colors, beautiful styling. Thanks for sharing. The big pink phone over the sofa…is that a poster, a decal, I’m intrigued, but can’t quite figure it out. 😉

  • Your gold accessories are always soo awesome, and I love the colour palette you use! This room is fantastic, great work!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • Laura… You’re AWESOME!!! Seriously! You are a woman of many talents! Love all your posts!!! And a master’s degree in Theology?!? How freaking cool?!? Are you ever going to share more about that?!? Would love to hear!!!!

  • Wow, you really know how to make a room look nice. I definitely need some advice for when I move to my new place

    Http://lbsabotage.blogspot.com

  • Laura, all your rooms are just the best when it comes to being so ‘you.’ But a master’s degree in theology? Now I have questions about that… which to be clear, I think is pretty awesome. Beautiful work, as always, lady!

  • The colours look so great together and all the styling is so classy (and still really cute). I absolutely love it ♥

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