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We moved into this house a little more than a year ago and have been updating what we can without getting into major demolition mode. Lots of paint, wallpaper, artwork, and changes in window treatments make a huge difference. I’d like to share these transformations with you, room by room. For the Before photos I’ll be showing the rooms as they were listed on the MLS when we purchased the house. All the furnishings and decor in the before photos belong to the previous owners.

Let’s start with the Foyer and Dining Room since these are the two areas you see upon entering the home.

We did not rip up the tile that was original to this house. Yet.


There was a lot of yellow, green, and periwinkle in these areas.


What We Did:

The doors in the house have all been painted black, and the hardware has been updated to a polished nickel finish.  The color of the foyer is from Benjamin Moore, Sea Salt. It is a taupe-gray that is very warm.  The “trend” pendulum is swinging away from the grays and towards a more taupe version of the gray colors.  The wall behind the chest is Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.  It is such a dramatic wall that guests see when they first enter. All of the trim was also painted in a bright white, Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray.  We used a semi-gloss finish on it.

Dining Room: BEFORE

Again, the yellow and green colors were painted in here, all the way up, including using the green in the tray ceiling.


What We Did

I should preface this with— this is what we did quickly last year, but this is not what our long-term plan for this room is.  My long-term vision includes a temperature controlled wine wall on that wall straight ahead.  The room would then evolve into a wine tasting room. More and more people are bringing their wine cellars up to the main floor.

Here’s what we did to make the room livable until that time.  We swapped out the light fixture for one I had leftover from the 2014 Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.  The walls and trim are now both painted the same color, but the walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Aura Matte finish and the trim is Benjamin Moore’s Advanced High Gloss.  The color is Thunder.  The ceiling is Edgecomb Gray, which is a very nice neutral color, again leaning towards taupe. The ceiling color is used on all the surfaces above the crown molding.

The artwork on the one wall is all black and white photographs along with one of our favorite pieces of artwork.

Another grouping on a different wall includes various pieces we’ve picked up over the years. You can see we’ve mixed original artwork, prints, a mirror and even a piece that holds tea lights.  I picked up the zebra at a local auction.  His condition is not perfect, but I think that just helps with his character.

In the window nook, I placed a beautiful piece of furniture with vintage blue and white lamps that were from an Estate sale.  We seem to be collecting wine decanters, this ended up being a great place to display them.  As the wine collection is growing, so is the decanter collection.

We are happy to help you with any changes to help you turn a house into a home that is yours.