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  1. Very pretty. That candelabra is gorgeous.
    I did white slipcovers and am very happy–slipcovers are a good idea for any light color of furniture, and they immediately brightened everything.

  2. Erin Nantais says:

    I love the “splash” of color your current drape panel looks in your dining room. They area a nice backdrop and look complimentary with the new candlesticks you have on the dining table too. Perhaps it was the angle of the photo, my first impression was that the room flowed nicely. Love the Parson slipcovers, they’re a great contrast to the darker wood dining table. Was wondering, if you install two new sconces next to the mirror (and I love sconces with crystals), will you keep the candelabra on your server? I’m sure with the components that you love, the room will come together beautifully…I enjoy seeing the process!

    1. Thanks, Erin!! I expected to keep the drapery panels, but in person, they have a jarring, out-of-place look. I certainly will keep them, even if I take them down, because I do love the floral, so they can always be put back… 🙂 The sconces I bought are not crystal, so yes, I plan to keep both the candelabra and the sconces. Thanks for visiting!!

  3. oh, I do like the new look! The old one was nice too, but I am enjoying the new look. I know the finished product will be exquisite. Great job as usual.

  4. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    Perfect! Because everything is lighter, at first I thought you had re-painted. The blush looks soft and beautiful with the slipcovers. I am fond of your current drapes but your idea of light linen will be stunning. I was thinking a light, almost neutral rug with possibly a bit of gold but I’m anxious to see what you pick. It will be lovely, I’m sure.

  5. Pretty! I like the candelabra lamp, have admired them for awhile here and there. I have had that same fabric in my dining room drapes for 23 years… I still like it though. I am looking at redoing the dining room too but not quite sure how. Have been thinking of a smaller table with easy chairs and bookshelves for a library feel. We don’t really use it much for dining. In the last two years we gutted the kitchen, updated the laundry room and replaced all the wood trim and doors on the main floor, and renewed the master bath. This year a new expanded deck. My hubby also does not understand my constant projects! Our home is now 23 years old and needs some updating. Well…some in his mind, never-ending in mine. 🙂

    1. I love the idea of a library/dining room combination. It’s a wonderful look… 🙂 Sounds like you’ve already done quite a bit in the recent past!!

  6. Leila Jane says:

    Hi Lory – Even though I thought the previous look was gorgeous with the green and white checked fabric chairs and the floral draperies, I fully understand the desire for change when you find a new look for the adjacent rooms. I think the new French vintage look will be exquisite in your dining room. I’m looking forward to seeing if your surprise element is either a new country French table – or if you possibly plan to white-wash the one you have… Either way, I’m sure I will love it as I love your style and love following your blog! C’est magnifique!

    1. Ooh, how fun to have people guess! But no, it’s not the table (although I’d really love to replace this one with an old worn French table with tons of patina!) I can’t wait to share!!

  7. It looks so nice, Lory and I’m looking forward to the rest of the changes. You and I are on the same page updating the dining room and no my decorating is never done. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! And yes, I love to watch your updates, too. Not sure if I already mentioned this but the sconces I got are, I think, the same ones you have. Just waiting for hubby to put them up. Might have better luck calling a handyman… 😉

  8. Beautiful changes and the crown Is gorgeous as well as the slipcovers. If I was able to find fitted ones for our furniture I would think about doing it. With two pups up and down I physically can’t fix them with my MS


    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! And yes, I can understand why constantly changing and cleaning slipcovers would be difficult for you. There are so many other beautiful things you can surround yourself with that are easier to take care of and equally delightful. How wonderful that you appreciate the beauty of home… 🙂

  9. Nancy Walden says:

    I’m making small changes in my dining room too! A few months ago I changed the upper doors on my two-piece hutch by replacing the “leaded” glass with wood panels. I added Efex moldings to the doors and painted the entire thing Annie Sloan pure white. I used a mix of clear and black wax to create a beautiful aged gray. Now it looks a lot like the antique armoire that inspired me! I took down the silk drapes on the slider and put up heavy linen panels with a grommet top. I’ve added some new accessories–not as elegant as yours but suitable for my French Country look. I love the “antique” rug I bought! The rug’s soft worn cream, gray and blue colors are so pretty! Last big update will be painting the table skirt and chairs and staining the table top a much richer color. I can’t do that until I decide on the color!

    1. It sounds like a wonderful update! I really really want to start working with chalk paint. I need to just dive in one of these days… 🙂

  10. Love the new look Lory! The white slipcovers look amazing. I can see it is coming together into more of your modern French Country style. I can’t wait to see what else you do with the space. The pantry cabinet will look so lovely painted in a creamy white with a little gray and wood poking through.


  11. bobbi duncan says:

    Hi there. Love, love, love it all; fresh, airy, and, oh, so elegant. Great job! Can’t wait to see the finished look. I really like the pulled together appearance of a rug in a formal dining room, although I no longer have one in ours due to the fact of some messy eaters. Chocolate, blueberry stains and the like were just not worth the high maintenance for me.

  12. Kathy Pelletier says:

    Lory, I love your new changes. I would defintely keep yur walls the pretty blush as it will also work well when you use your collection of gold, pink dishes, teacups etc. You have such a knack adding in the pale pink to your rooms, so please don’t change that. I can’t wait to see the new change- possibly a new longer chest on the wall where the sconces will go ?!? A Mora clock would look beautiful in there too. 🙂
    Have a great week-end Lory !!

  13. Lory: Lovely post – and I agree with others about the blush color of your walls. It is lovely, I have often thought of doing a ceiling a blush pink. In looking through photos of many old homes in France and Italy – the stone is often aged to a blush. So pretty!

    Love your blog – it is inspiration!

  14. Dianne Lanier says:

    The new look is gorgeous…thanks for sharing!

  15. Transformation is nicely–and gently for husband–done. While blush is not traditional for French style, I bet it looks wonderful in evening light, so hope you keep it and give it a trial period.

    1. Thanks! That was exactly the reason I used blush in the dining room in the first place – because it’s flattering for guests. Everyone looks better in the glow of the warm light… 🙂

  16. Very pretty and elegant. It is all so cohesive and formal but softened with the french touches. Very nicely done.

  17. Oh, you are so right to say a room is never done but that is the fun of decorating. The room is so lovely and I look forward to seeing more changes.

  18. Looks great! More “grown up”. I’ll bet your husband likes it better too. I agree about the drapes, they don’t belong here anymore but definitely could be repurposed. What are you going to do with the existing chandelier? I think you should send it to me! LOL

    1. Haha, thanks! Hubby just shakes his head when I re-do parts of the house because he dies;t understand what was wrong with it in the first place… lol. My sister-in-law got the chandy… 😉

  19. Everything is so beautiful Lory. I do love the old drapes and hope that you will reuse them again. The room lends a sense of tranquility and coziness. Don’t expect hubs to ever understand (LOL).

  20. Denise Collova says:

    Hey Lori, I have to be honest with you, I loved the green checkered chairs and the decorating was perfect were those seat covers made, because my mom made me my seat covers mine are light blue and white checkered thanks

  21. I love everything you do, and this is no different. You nailed it! I agree with you, that just when our husband’s think the Diy’s are all done, we have 3-4 more ideas/jobs just waiting in the wind.