Nicola's Dining Room

Before &amp After

Sometimes we post extreme Before & Afters, in which the before photos look like disaster sites or crime scenes. But it can also be enlightening to admire a room that simply has a new look, whether from a re-tooled color scheme, a paint up-lift, or just a few new furnishings. Nicola wanted a lighter, airier version of her already lovely dining room...

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...and here are her results. Pretty, isn't it? We liked the "before" rug's bold, bright red, but with the dark table and chairs, it did create kind of an "island" effect, interrupting the spacious, open feeling of the room. The new dining vignette blends beautifully into its white surroundings; and yet, the gray seat cushions and the cherry finish of the arm chairs offer enough contrast to give the room some depth and unify it with the dark sofa in the background.

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Nicola's new table and the Arne Jacobsen-style chairs can both be purchased online.

If you'd like to see more of Nicola's house, check out her lovely blog, Nicoletter, or her Flickr page. She's a graphic designer who also makes stationery and paper products, which you can find in her Etsy shop.

(Images: Nicoletter)

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