The room in your home where you eat delicious food with your loved ones ought to be special. So we've dug through the Landcruisers archives (and House Beautiful's and Country Living's too!) for the most inspiring dining room updates. Keep clicking to see the top transformations (psst…we saved the best for last!).
A few years ago, Boston-area native Jessica Bruno, her husband, Tony, and their young son, Tony, sold their house and moved back in with Jessica's parents, a meant-to-be-temporary move. But the Brunos never left, and they wanted to make their dining room feel like new. So Landcruisers enlisted Target to lend the finishing touches to the space.
Now, pops of color in the hutch and reupholstered side chairs brighten the space. A neutral rug and dining chair cushions keep things from getting too busy.
Prop styling by Emily Rickard for Ennis, Inc.; hair and makeup by Lynne Avallone for Ennis, Inc; asst. hair and makeup by Lori Greene
Recently married, Susan Lafferty moved into her new husband's apartment in Massachusetts. Starting their lives together also meant redesigning the place with both of their belongings, an unforeseen challenge for the couple. Landcruisers sent designer Annie Selke to help—and give their space a fresh look.
A small table will suffice when the newlyweds prepare a quiet dinner for two. If company comes over, the console to the left can be used as a buffet and the yellow side table can be transformed into a cocktail station. Unexpected touches like a globe chandelier add personality.
Lisa and Mark Hellman, in a yearlong, top-to-bottom-renovation, restored a 106-year-old upstate New York farmhouse to its former pastoral glory. The best advice they got: "Our contractor talked us into replacing the old windows. We lost some character, but wound up saving thousands in heating bills."
Though they had to replace the beyond-repair tin ceiling with a plaster version, Mark and Lisa added interest to the room by installing beadboard along its lower walls. The antique table, chairs and rug are family heirlooms and the wrought-iron chandelier is custom-made.
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Shirley Tetreault, 61, had lost her job at a software company and was near foreclosure on her home when her mother, Betty, 84—an avid gardener and activist in their Northborough, MA, community—suddenly passed away. Shirley moved into the family home, a 1950s ranch; though it was in good repair, it was crowded with Betty's worn furniture and collections. "I wanted to update it without losing my mother's character," says Shirley. Enter Annie Selke.
Using her 17-plus years of expertise, the Massachusetts-based designer helped Shirley figure out her design personality and strike a balance between expressing her taste and honoring her mother's memory. Now, the dining room hosts charity quilting guild meetings and Sunday night dinners for her extended family.
Dallas-based interior designer Abbe Fenimore helped a couple of newlyweds and first-time homeowners turn a lackluster dining area off the kitchen into a stylish, modern space.
Masculine bold graphics for him and feminine mirrored furniture for her balance out the design while creating a sense of individuality.
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With the help of architect Larry Bowne, homeowner Drew Hodges linked his tiny Long Island, NY, cottage with its freestanding garage to provide something the original blueprint lacked: a dining room worthy of the lively entertaining Hodges and his partner, Peter Kukielski, like to do.
Hodges's dining room acknowledges its outdoorsy past with glass doors that open onto the garden. He resisted "civilizing" the walls, either leaving the clapboard intact or exposing the Mondrian-like framework beneath it. --Joshua Lyon
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Faded patterned wallpaper, a brass chandelier and heavy, dark furniture date this dining room. But the bones of the room have great potential, including a beautiful wood floor and white wainscoting.
A wallpaper swap—and some savvy catalog shopping—dramatically changed the tune of this space in no time flat.
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Mara, a recent empty nester, wanted to reclaim her dining room so she had somewhere to host family dinners when her college-age kids came home for the holidays. But the rooms was serving more like a storage space than a place for entertaining. "We clear off the table for meals from time to time, but the corners are always full of junk," she said.
Organizing expert Lori Marrero helped transform the space into an inviting place to gather the family. Now, a symmetrical arrangement makes the room feel orderly. All furniture is courtesy of Cost Plus World Market.