E-Design : Bonnie and Franks Dining Room

My in-laws just moved into a really awesome house. Awesome as in every room needs renovating. My father-in-law loves demolition/renovation/room flipping/all that, so it really is a perfect match. My project, is the dining room, which I am super excited about. I like to obsess over things. Not real life things necessarily, but small, superficial things. Like, wallpaper, and paint colors, and the color of piping on a couch. The struggle is real, and oh my gosh what is wrong with me. I’ll just embrace it though, and with this project, it has brought on new design obsessive thoughts, so if you need me at one a.m, that’s where i’ll be, busy thinking about details of who knows what. As of lately, it’s been the details of Bonnie and Franks dining room.

I love quick projects, mostly because one of my favorite parts about what I do, is seeing the “before and after”. This is one of those quick projects. Mid-July : Completed New Dining Room. yes.

Below are some photos, that will help you understand the renovation and design plans.

Photo 1: 

This photo is the living room, and you might be thinking, “why is lauren showing us a picture of the living room, when she is designing the dining room?” yeah, but no. This living room, will become an open floor plan into the dining room, which will be located on the other side of the stair wall. Plans : remove the stairs, create an opening in the wall, for flow.

photo 1 (6)

Photo 2: 

This photo is like an “after” photo within itself. See how different it is after the stairs have been removed? In the photo below, not only have the stairs been completely removed, but the top of the stairs have been closed up, as if they never existed. Also, the beginning of a wall opening has begun. And just for more visual information, the opening on the right side of the photo is the kitchen.  Oh, and you might be wondering, “how will people go upstairs, if there are no stairs?” Don’t worry, there are another set of stairs in the back of the kitchen. Perfect.

A lot needs to be done, as you can see. But even today, as I’m writing this, that room looks very different from even the photo below. Things are moving right along. Mike looks so happy.

BF Reno Plans 1

Photo 3: 

Nothing much to say, just a close up, of what will become the dining room,so that you can better understand the photos to follow. I mean, I guess we could talk about why Mike might be whistling. Weird. But on we go.

photo 2 (5)

Photo 4: 

The room looks dark, I know. The current paint colors don’t help much. First of all, that window you see there, is the only light source for the space. Which is somewhat worry some, but there are solutions. The living room that will be directly connected to this dining room, has a ton of natural light. Like a ton. So, with the new opening in the wall, hopefully that natural light will bounce on back there. Which it will, because in the design, I used a lot of white, and light colors. Light loves to bounce with white.

BF Reno Plans 2

Photo 5: 

This is the wall I’ve mostly been obsessing over. It’s in direct view when your looking strait down the dining room, and in my opinion, should be the wall that’s most loved. My main obsession is this expensive wallpaper that we must use. Except we aren’t. So, the easy thing would be to just buy the wallpaper, but then what would I have to think about at one a.m? Exactly. So, I am exploring ways to re-create the wallpaper, or finding cost efficient options. All while keeping the same lux effect it had.  I’m also seeing a large painting, buffet, and two symmetrical fabulous lamps for this wall.

bf reno plans 3

Photo 6: 

The whole natural light / dark room thing I mentioned before, well this wall is another solution for that problem. The door on the left, along with most of the wall space will be removed. A pocket door with glass panels will be installed. Therefore, if the pocket door is closed, the glass will still give the feeling of a spacious room, and if the pocket door is open, then, the room will just BE spacious – Since it will directly open to the hallway, which leads back to the kitchen and living room.

bf reno plans 4

Photo 7: The Design

Light, Bright,and airy.  A nod to the outdoors, which is only appropriate, since the house has a lot of land. Family friendly, with luxury touches. That painting you see, isn’t the actual painting, just a similar one I plan to re-create. You can see that neutral colors are used, and the pop will come with accessories and artwork. I am always drawn to colors that are next to one another on the color wheel. I mean, technically, gray is not on the main color wheel, but you know what I mean. Light gray, next to dark gray, next to a brownish gray, next to taupe. Similar and subtle colors, that vary slightly, add luxury to a space. The shape of the lamp base, is repeated in the rug, and even in the finial on the curtain rod. Things are coming together. All of these items have been ordered, and most were sourced on Craigslist and Ebay. There will be some DIY work going here, like the wallpaper, and the white chairs.

b&F mood board

So, like I said, this entire dining room project will be completed mid-July. I can’t wait! But I will wait.


An E-Design service provides the client with accessible design advice that sets the framework for a single room, for a set fee. All work is completed via telephone and email. All that is needed from the client is a completed design questionnaire, a budget, and images and dimensions of your room. Returned to the client will be a design concept, mood board (which is what you see above), a complete shopping guide which includes non-urgent and urgent items (usually sale items or items found on ebay/craigslist),and  a detailed floorplan

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One Comment on “E-Design : Bonnie and Franks Dining Room

  1. We can’t wait either Lauren and really appreciate your help. You are an inspiration!

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