Before, Middle & After: Our Dining Room Transformed

by Landis Carey on June 16, 2011

Benjamin Moore Surf Blue Dining Room

Last week I mentioned stumbling across images of our empty home just after we had the interior walls painted white but before we moved in. I loved looking through them, it made me realize just how we’re making the space our own. A few days later I dug back into my photography archive to find the images I’d taken the day we closed on our home…now viewing those was quite a treat!

So, here’s a peek at how our dining room has evolved over the past 16 months: from its sheepish yellow beginnings to its blank transition into the space where we love to dine today.

Is it just the paint we changed? What else do you notice that’s different?

(Images: Landis Carey)

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beatriz June 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Landi! I love that deep peacock color you have going on in your dining room! My husband and I had a similar color in our family room at our last house, a 1950s cottage with lots of character…I was wearing a dress in that color and went to Lowes and had them match it :) I miss that room in our old house! Your style is clean, simple and unique. I love it! Keep up the great work. I love browsing your site for neat ideas and inspiration. Hope you’re well!


Landis Carey June 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words, BB :) I LOVE that peacock color but what I love more is the story about your dress! That’s so fantastic! I’m actually working on a fun project up here in NY all about color and would love for you to submit an image of the dress and a few sentences about how it inspired you. I’ll email you when the timing is closer :) Happy almost Holiday Weekend! XO


beatriz July 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Would love to contribute with a pic of the dress and some words about it! Email me at when it gets closer…it’s a good excuse to bring the dress out again as I’m moving to a new house on the 25th and get to decorate from scratch ALL over again – it’s pretty much all white walls!! Can’t wait :)


Jane December 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

i would love to paint my dining room this peacock color – would you mind giving me the brand and color?


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