before & after: sarah’s dining room

I don’t have a dining room, but if I did, I would want it to have some drama. After all, if I’m going to devote a whole room to an activity I usually do sitting in front of the television, it better be compelling :) I’m kidding, but not about the drama part — whether with a chandelier, a big piece of wall art or amazing textiles, my dream dining room makes a statement.

This dining room makeover from Sarah is definitely high drama. She took a once-dreary window with sad blinds and transformed it into a wall of gorgeous textile heaven. I love her mixture of prints, the dark walls, the oversized mirror and the elegant, minimal chairs. It’s all working for me. She even painted her own Cy Twombly-inspired artwork, which turned out quite well! Sarah made some shrewd decorating decisions and I’m blown away by the impressive transformation. Great work, Sarah! — Kate

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i am dying over that CHEVRON RUG!!! i cant decide between that rug in my dining room or a light teal version of curtains in my living room…AHHHHH but this is gorgeous with the HUGE MIRROR…just gorg.


That dining room is spectacular! Wonderful wonderful redo. I could have many a fine meal with excellent company in a space like that. Bravo!


I love really dark walls (with white trim of course) in a dining room. Gives it such a nice, intimate feeling.


Incredible transformation! I love how she creates the illusion of a larger window with those curtains, and isn’t that the same dining table? It’s amazing how different it looks when placed in a new context.


Fantastic! I love that it is so light now, with the chandelier and big mirror. The first picture was so dreary. Even the slate floor looks great, with the rug and new lighting.


This is stunning. I would love to know where the fabric for the curtains came from…they’re perfect.


This is amazing. Love the mirror. Anyone know where it’s from? Great job on this redo! It looks like another house! ;)


The drapes were really well placed. Can’t fault the choice of rug either, it really ties the room together.


I second the use of curtains to totally change that window wall – it makes such a difference…thinking this might be a good idea for my dining room.


Absolutely stunning. Very brave but highly effective to use those bold colours and patterns together in one room. And that mirror is superb. Wonderful job, very inspirational!


You have solved the very last dilemma I’ve been facing in my new apartment. I couldn’t visualize exactly how I wanted to hang my curtains. Bless your heart!


That rug is FIERCE, and exactly what I’ve been looking for to jazz up my boring dining room. Do you remember where you got it?


Wow! The transformation is unrecognizable. It looks amazing!

I love that b&w chevron rug! And that centerpiece!


Love the carpet and the drapes. I thought I was ok with my dining room but seeing this makes me want to out and get drapes. What a difference! Love the mirror too. Love it ALL!


Beautiful, Sarah! I’m curious, did you use a stain on that table? I love the rich color!


hi there,
where did you get the chandelier? i’ve been looking for one like this…thanks!


Love the room! Could you run down where the items are from? I like the table and curtains most of all, but the rug ties the chairs in so well.


Any idea where that black and cream zig zag carpet is from? I LOVE IT


I love everything about it, except for the mirror. I’m not sure why. Is that BM’s “Iron Mountain” paint? I loooove the paint choice and your moulding is amazing. Restoration Hardware has a version of this chandelier, called the Sloane, but I’m sure you could find something comparable at CSN Lighting.

Sarah Feigleson

I’m Sarah, and THIS IS MY DINING ROOM! Check out my blog for all the details on where I got my furniture! Thanks for all of your lovely comments!


The room looks great except the Ghost chairs. They get lost, and in a bad way. Am I the only one who thinks this??

Jason Haloossim

I love the before and after pictures. It’s inspiring me to design a website specifically for this purpose. This new designs just bring new life to old things. It gives me hope that we are a group of creative innovators that will pave the way to a better future. :)


Exquisite transformation. I am really impressed with this. The materials used, the color choices, the textures, the accessories, the furniture, everything. I’m saving these images to my hard drive so when I redo my dining room I have a solid plan.

Question: who is the artist of the painting on the wall?

Sarah Feigleson

Patrick – I am the artist of the painting on the wall! :) I’m so glad you like my dining room. Thanks for your lovely comments. Check out my blog for more information.