My mother-in-law, Jeanne, who this weekend celebrated 30 years of marriage to my father-in-law, Bob, (congratulations!) is looking to give a much-used room its own special style.
The door of the Schulte house is always open to guests, and the dining room is the epicenter of activity: a space always overflowing with food, conversation and love.
The Schulte's small formal dining room gets great light and opens to a lovely green family room on one side, and a pimento red kitchen on the other.
Jeanne would like a dining room that unifies the two rooms, and I think wallpaper, or a chair rail, or both, could be the perfect tools for creating a formal focal point.
Here are a few ideas, from Domino and Martha Stewart, made modern with white paint, sconces, pedestals and interesting art.