The 4 Small Changes Ryann Wants To Make In Her Living/Dining Room (And She Wants Your Thoughts!)

Round this time final 12 months, I used to be spiraling–shaking in my boots even–with the considered revealing my very first makeover. I used to be and nonetheless am so happy with it, however sharing a artistic challenge with the web is bone-chilling. However what I didn’t know then, and what’s even perhaps scarier now, is that this lingering query “Does a room ever actually really feel completed?”

Lately, I ran right into a good friend who advised me she noticed my residing and eating room throughout Pinterest. She was so type in her compliments concerning the design which I deeply appreciated. However being self-deprecating and unable to take a praise, I needed to inform her the pictures she noticed don’t precisely mirror our every day actuality. The issues that look good on digicam aren’t all the time sensible and even as handsome in individual. I assume I felt I wanted to share this together with her as a result of pictures on social media are deceiving and might make us really feel dangerous about our personal houses/lives. Uh oh, I believe I simply obtained my doctorate in Psychology?? My work right here is completed!! However in all seriousness, I take a look at my design each single day and I do know that it’s not excellent. The baseboards have paint drips, a tangled mess of cords is clearly seen underneath the TV, and a gross lack of storage turns into a unending muddle situation. And that’s truthfully greater than okay and it’s regular (AKA inevitable) for a house to be imperfect. However does that cease me from eager about new concepts for my “already-supposed-to-be-done” residing and eating room? Not an opportunity (somebody take away my doctorate fast!). And since I’m not able to get previous the “pinning for inspiration” section for my bed room, I’m critically contemplating just a few slight enhancements for my beloved residing and eating room.

So should you’ll be so type and indulge me, here’s what’s nonetheless on my thoughts about this design one 12 months later:


In my reveal publish, I wrote about when Sara got here to shoot she requested if I ever thought of portray the ceiling. I didn’t at first however as soon as she talked about it it was like she unlocked part of my mind that may’t let it go. I do love the best way it appears to be like now however wouldn’t a painted ceiling look even higher??

Guys. Even with my subpar photoshop expertise, it appears to be like so cozy. I believe I simply wish to really feel like I’m being swallowed by this moody inexperienced shade as a result of I like it that a lot. It’s tremendous thrilling to consider however I bear in mind some commenters mentioned that the white ceiling truly pulls within the white accents just like the baseboards, the bed room door, and the white lampshade. I suppose I might paint the baseboards too so I’m wondering if that may assist. Solutions welcome!

Fast apart: persons are all the time asking the place the espresso desk is from. I sourced it from Wayfair and it was offered out for some time but it surely appears to be like prefer it’s lastly again! It’s a nice espresso desk and I extremely advocate it in case you are {a magazine} hoarder like me.


I’ve talked about including extra sample right here by placing wallpaper on this nook for the reason that very starting. It nonetheless haunts me that I didn’t do it for the reveal. Is it needed?? No. Does it excite me to even give it some thought? Completely. And I believe if I’m nonetheless eager about it a 12 months later that may be an indication to offer it a attempt. Listed below are some wallpapers I’m eager about:

Possibility #1 | Possibility #2 | Possibility #3

I really like how colourful and playful #1 is. It might add lots of motion and would complement the Victorian model we have already got occurring. My solely fear is it may be somewhat too busy, which leads me to #2. This one is calmer however nonetheless has the sample and motion that I crave. #3 is type of the in-between as a result of it has the darkish crimson which might actually pop however the sample is straightforward and traditional. I’m drawn to this one as a result of it’s the similar shade as our armchair however with a special sample which I believe may very well be actually fascinating.

My final caveat is that this may be more cash/stress/labor than it’s truly value. Has anybody wallpapered a shelf like this earlier than? It appears to be like arduous to do, however it might in all probability simply require extra planning and a spotlight to element than I’m used to. Any ideas?


One other avenue I’m contemplating is making my very own “wallpaper” from classic postcards or classic drawings. I wrote about this concept right here and nearly forgot about it till this home tour. That DIY wallpaper by Pierce and Ward is unreal and it jogged my memory that I can completely discover a classic assortment of one thing and make my very own wallpaper. For some cause, it feels much less scary than utilizing actual wallpaper. I might in all probability use double-sided tape or putty so it might be simply detachable. Has anybody tried this??


The eating space is the a part of my design that I’m most happy with. The gallery wall was so robust however what we ended up with makes me so glad each single day. The desk is so dreamy and is prefer it was plucked from my classic goals and I like it paired with my classic bentwood eating chairs. However the chairs…ahhh the chairs. They’re stunning however not sensible and a few month after getting them this occurred:

They’re clearly not meant to be sat on by grownup people on daily basis. I’m positive the cane may very well be fastened however the wooden can be very weak. They weigh lower than 3 kilos every and are round 100 years outdated. We host our Sunday dinners right here nearly each weekend and it’s fairly humiliating having to drag out folding chairs as a result of I’m terrified a visitor will sit on one and snap it in half. These chairs have develop into purely ornamental which isn’t ultimate for a eating expertise. So one factor I actually truly NEED to do for our security and peace of thoughts is to seek out some new chairs. Listed below are some I’m contemplating:

1. Brix Eating Chair (Set of two) | 2. Westan Eating Chair | 3. Wynn Ladderback Eating Chair

I really like how #1 has an identical appear and feel to our present ones. #2 would herald a extra trendy aptitude which I’m not against and I actually like how extensive the seat is (AKA I think about it might really feel like a chair match for an grownup). #3 is type of a wild card however I discover the actually tall again intriguing and the form is cool however possibly it’s too farmhouse-y? I don’t know why I really feel like farmhouse isn’t far off from our present design although farmhouse has by no means been a time period I’ve used to explain this area…

My coronary heart needs to contemplate classic chairs however shopping for classic chairs over the web was what received us on this place within the first place. So until I discover some in individual and might take a look at their sturdiness, I’m going to do the accountable factor and purchase new (in hopes they’ll final for a 100+ years).


I really like love love how the colours of this tapestry (learn: rug I nailed to the wall) complement the colour palette completely. We wanted one thing that may tie in within the couch, rug, and our crimson and tan plaid armchair which was a CHALLENGE however by some means I scored this from Chairish for like, $100. The issue is my husband thinks this tapestry reads too bohemian and thinks it confuses the general model of the lounge. I agree but it surely doesn’t trouble me as a lot because it does him. I lastly relented and mentioned “fantastic, let’s exchange it” however artwork that measurement prices double our lease. So I began researching DIY artwork concepts regardless of figuring out DIY has by no means been my sturdy swimsuit. For a sizzling second, I thought of doing what Malcolm did in his eating room (wallpapering a big piece of plywood and hanging it like artwork) however honestly I believe that may fall flat on this area. SO NOW WHAT? Nicely, I reverted again to my go-to which is printing digital artwork and that’s once I noticed this text. I’ll learn something that begins with the title “Free Artwork”. It’s after all not free artwork but it surely does element how one can obtain hi-res pictures from the New York Public Library digital assortment. There are over 900,000 pictures from pictures collections to cyanotype impressions. This intrigued me enormously and although getting certainly one of these printed within the measurement I might require would value a minimum of $150 and framing it might be one other $150, that’s nonetheless cheaper than most artwork. So I after all took the bait and am eyeing fairly just a few together with these:

1. Working Horse | 2. Aerial View of Los Angeles Harbor | 3. Horseback Riders On Seashore

For the sake of your time and mine, I’m solely together with these 3 picks however there are about 100 I’ve already saved and will probably select from. And I consider artwork is extremely private so it’s a protracted course of to pick out the appropriate piece that speaks to me and my husband (and suits our model). To be continued!

So that’s the place I’m at with this area that I nonetheless like to items and by no means ever wish to go away. Does one ever recover from their first makeover revealed on I’m guessing not 🙂 I hope this little jaunt down reminiscence lane wasn’t totally self-serving and as all the time I might love to listen to your ideas down under. xx

**After Images by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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