Here is a picture of the dining room at Christmas
Here is the dining room now. Yep it's the same room, same paint color. What a difference a better camera and improved lighting will do! And yes the room REALLY is that small. The dining room is approximately 8 x10 ft.
Notice the mirror is low? Well I hung it for my height (which is Shorty Mcshort-short). The hubbs can only see his mid-section in this mirror, haha. Eventually the curtains will be dyed to closely match those concealing my storage on the left. That is floor to ceiling storage my hubbs put in for me a few years back. I keep towels on the dining chairs because they are white denim slipcovers. And I have a cat. And 2 dogs. I get tired of washing the slipcovers all the time so it is just easier to use beach towels.
My curtains are tied back using 6 inch grapevine wreaths. It was a quick fix and frugal ($0.59 each). The curtains are a tad to long and puddle on the floor. They are white and I have animals, not a good combination. I needed them pulled back so Sam-Sam can get in the window without shredding them. Or the dogs trampling on them.
Here's the view as soon as you enter my house. The dining room is the first thing you see. Ok- maybe the second because chances are the dogs will be jumping on you. I like the Expedit bookcase because it gave the room a little more definition. Instead of feeling like a pass through (which it is really, the stairs are tucked back in the corner) it feels defined.