The Painted Hive Dining Room

More a nook than an actual room, our little dining area forms the southern end of our living room.

The neutral palette combines loads of natural elements and character-rich texture – with nothing too pretentious – for a relaxed, yet fresh space. So, whilst it’s nothing super special, it’s warm, inviting and very much me!

Here it is just before we moved in….

And here’s the floorplan to give you an idea of the layout….

As per our living room, we painted out all the dirty apple green walls in pale cream and all the timber trim in gloss white. Taupe linen romans were also added in place of the heavy green drapes.

The previous owners had already installed the faux timber floating floor which, whilst it wouldn’t necessarily have been my first choice, is nice, clean and neutral.

Pretty much all the furniture and decor is either second-hand, thrifted or gifted.

The big mirror, with its pale frame which makes it almost undistinguishable from the wall, really helps create an illusion of space.

I’m a sucker for pretty, earthy vignettes and for now, to tie in with the living room, there’s loads of terracotta and twine plus white ceramics and some vintage finds.

I’ve been too slack to add pics of my own wedding to this photo gallery yet though it’s the perfect sentimental filler for this narrow little wall space and I’m looking forward to watching it grow!

I’m still searching for the perfect light fixture at the right price (vintage gal pendant or wrought iron chandy) and am contemplating painting the chair frames white and mirror border dark…..we’ll see though.

So again, just for comparisons sake. Here’s the space before and after….

  1. Nancy says:

    L.O.V.E. Simple, sophisticated and exactly how I wish my home looked. Just perfect!


  2. Stunning. So light and fresh. I LOVE that table with the porcelain wheels. Way too cute. The mirror is perfect too. I think I would just paint it khaki to kind of go with the table and roman shades. Love all of your accessories. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

  3. michelle says:

    very beautiful. looks just like it was a pic taken off of country living. i love your style!

  4. It’s fantastic! What A great idea to put wheels on a table. I could do that with a table that I have. And I saw those very chair cushions at my city’s IKEA yesterday. Now I want to buy them!

  5. Heather says:

    I love every element in this room! Its so light and airy.

  6. Olive Cooper says:

    Love your use of the vintage fan. My hubs has one and does not realize what he has:-} ~olive

  7. Sarah B says:

    What????..nothing special??? It’s fantastic!!! Love the table, the fan, the globey thingy, those little drawers….it’s all so fabulous!!!

  8. Seriously, why is your stuff not in magazines?

    It’s so simple and pretty and just about perfect.

  9. Mirela says:

    i love how you decorated your home so far,such a warm and cottage feel to it.Love your style Kristine very pretty…xxx

  10. stormygirl says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love it all!! Right down to the bowl of pine cones! Congratulations on the article, too.

  11. Kerry says:

    Your dining area is so lovely, beautifully put together, stylish and elegant. I love the shape of the chairs and will look out for the source post as I’m in the market for some!

  12. Amanda says:

    Wow! It looks so lovely and so very different to the before shots – I love how it’s light and bright and inviting. I’d love to be a guest in your dining room :)

  13. chair up says:

    It looks as though you’ve had a designer come in and style the place for you Kristine…oh wait, you have…YOU! Maybe A-M could put in a good word for you with Home Beautiful because your house deserves a feature :o)
    I actually like the timber chairs as they are.

  14. Tina says:

    Your dining area is beautiful Kristine, just like the rest of your home and I totally agree with Ange! I certainly hope we will be seeing your home in the glossy pages of a mag sometime soon. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  15. Sharlotte says:

    Wow! This is truly a great transformation! I love all your fresh colors and the natural wood pieces. I’m sure we will be seeing your home in magazines! Keep us posted!

  16. Christine says:

    It looks fantastic and certainly is worth of a Home Beautiful spread!! I love your decorating style – your house is gorgeous! Christine x

  17. it looks great- so warm and inviting. i love that you used rich wood tones, and created a warm and relaxing room. I often think of finished wood as looking too stuffy, but yours is just perfect, rustic, and charming!

  18. Amy Bowman says:

    wow you are good at this stuff! i love your taste, REALLY love it. That fan is to die for…

  19. Shelia says:

    So beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Christie says:

    Your site is so pretty and the room is beautiful! Love the clean lines and color. Simple, yet crisp! Visit my laundry room with similar color palate at!

    I will look forward to seeing your room again with Layla! Christie

  21. Pam says:

    Your dining room is great. Very serene. I especially like the blinds.

  22. Atticmag says:

    Wow. What a makeover. So much more inviting. And I am loving your window treatment.
    Jane T.

  23. Kristine, I love your dining room and the casualness of it. I prefer a casual atmosphere instead of a formal one. Love the table and chairs and that great vintage fan.

  24. Your dining room is gorgeous Kristine! You have decorated it perfectly. It is inviting and stylish. Thanks for sharing it. xx

  25. It looks perfect!! Just heaven. So fresh, clear and full of good energy.

    Am new here, but loving what I have seen so far.

    x Charlotta

  26. ani's house says:

    That looks amazing!! Do you actually live there (hehe)!!! It looks like a magazine shot!

  27. Jenny says:

    Worth the wait Kristine, it looks fabulous. I love your decorating style and congrats on the HGTV article! Well done!

  28. Ann says:

    My mum and I were discussing blogs we like today and both agreed how much enjoy reading yours – you have such a lovely light touch with the furniture you do up – she loved your black wardrobe – and your generous advice is valued too. I am typing with paint spattered fingers!

  29. Alison says:

    Love it. The previous owners would never recognise it. It is gorggeous. Is the dining table the same one as on the right of your blog but with new legs??
    The fan is fabulous

  30. Thanks so much for all the sweet comments ladies.
    Alison, the table pictured in my sidebar is different to the one in my dining room. That one was a little too long for my tiny nook so was sold a while back and is now adorning someone else’s dining space presumably!

  31. chair up says:

    Hi Kristine. Re my hutch. I had first thought I would attach the crosses to the glass with adhesive but then worried about ever wanting, or needing, to remove them, so instead they are just a really snug fit and are resting against the glass.
    I’m so pleased with the way this turned out that I’m on the look out for some similar pieces to do up and maybe sell. I’m sure when you find a piece to do in this style it will be amazing!

  32. Katie says:

    That is beautiful! Question, is most of the finishes in your home the natural wood color? I am curious because I have a lot of dark finishes throughout my house, but my dinig room is a light oak. I think yours turned out great, so I am hopeful to keep my set and not have to change it out. I love the vintage fan!

  33. astrid says:

    I like your natural look and I think the stripes on the chair are a fantastic eyecatcher.

  34. The fan makes the room. I love that element.

  35. Oh my gosh! I LOVE your bright white beautiful dining room! And I have to agree — the fan is amazing! LOVE this space!!

  36. Kaysi says:

    That looks great!!!! I love those chairs!

  37. Fantastic, love it – Good luck if you decide to paint the chairs – a job I loathe!

  38. Sir and Miss says:

    I love it! You are a pro:)


  39. What a beautiful room – everything looks fabulous together. Thanks so much for linking up to Be Inspired today!


  40. Van says:

    Like a catalog- light, airy, beautiful, and lots of texture and interest. Beautiful work!

  41. It’s simple and clean. I love it!

  42. So relaxing…I love the feeling of the space!

  43. Becky says:

    so beautiful and so simple. love it

  44. It’s so relaxing looking, I just want to come over and sit at the table and drink a cup of coffee and talk or something! LOL! I love your little vignettes and that wall of pictures is great, I love how one just has paper!

    You’re inspiring!


  45. It is absolutely gorgeous! Love that fan!!!

  46. Looks fantastic! I’m glad you didn’t wait to share this! Your style is awesome!

  47. I happen to think it’s something special. It is simple & beautiful. I HAVE to get me one of those fans which seem to be a rare find in the Northeast. I love your accessories and your vignette arrangement.

    Found you at Under the Table and Dreaming.

    Following you now!


  48. Your dining room is fabulous! I love the simplicity and the earthy tones are perfect. Fantastic job. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  49. Gorgeous!! I mean truly gorgeous!!

  50. Oh my goodness… Your nook looks wonderful and inviting!
    Thank you for sharing!

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