Home renovation: Living & Dining Rooms

This month it has been one year since I bought my 117-year-old home in the Holy Rosary neighborhood in Fletcher Place in downtown Indianapolis, and I am sharing the progress I made in my home in the past year! It has been incredible how just a few simple changes really makes a space, and particularly makes the space your own.


Living Room


Dining room




Living room

I chose to make the central room light gray, so then it would be neutral as you sit in that room and look through to the colored and patterned walls in all the other rooms. I didn’t want anything to conflict, but I liked the idea of having some bold colors (like in the dining room) or patterns (like in the wallpapered office you’ll see in the next post). So you can kind of get the best of both worlds in all rooms since it is semi-open concept.

The old camera bag you see below was my late grandpa’s:)

This vintage tool box is super easy to swap things in and out according to season and holiday:)

Dining room

I bought this table from a friend and local woodworker who owns Woodwater Project (now Bowtie Woodworks) that for one year donated all proceeds to building wells in Africa. This farm table paid for 1/10 of a well!

Still in need of finding a perfect light fixture for this room.

I keep switching around what floral arrangements to put in these Ball jars. (If you noticed, I have a couple different arrangements in this post.)

The ladder on the right came from the old attic drop down that was in the kitchen. I hung Christmas lights on it last winter, and it’s just kind of been there ever since. I’m still deciding if I’m keeping it as decor or not, but I’m just trying to use what I’ve got!

All my collected beer coasters from my country-wide brewery tour.


  • Widened the opening between the living room and dining room (I considered opening it up all the way, but decided I liked the idea of having separate spaces, not only conceptually, but so I could design the areas very differently.)
  • Painted both rooms’ walls, trim & ceilings [Living room: (basically the same wall color, but had to paint because the smoke smell was so great, it needed a fresh coat) Dining Room: ]
  • Exposed brick in the corner
  • Stained the floors (did not sand, just stained to cover the scratches slightly better)
  • Chiseled all the caulk and paint that was all over the French doors and transom windows
  • Hung curtains and rods
  • Built coffee table using wood found at Midland Antiques


My amazing friends above and amazing friends in my church’s small group below.




It took me five paint samples to finally find the perfect blue-green-teal for this space.



I had nothing to do with this demo, just posing. Also, yes, I do wear the same outfit every day I would work on the house.


Even though the scratches are still there, it made a huge difference in blending the colors in a little better.



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