{ Finding your style }

It's not always easy to find your style.
Especially when you first move in to your home.
It takes time & tweeking.  And, even then, you'll probably wind up tweeking some more.
This is what my fireplace in my dining room looks like today.
I'm happy with it.  But it took a while to get here.

When we first saw the house, the room looked like this.

I knew right away I wanted to room to be a dining room instead of a living room.
And, I  L O V E  it as a dining room.

At first, I just thought the fireplace needed a tiny bit of color, so I painted it sea salt by sherwin williams.

Something still was just not right. So, I Darkened the back wall and added horizontal stripes.

The stripes worked out great, but I knew the mantel needed to be heftier. 
So, we had a mantel made from old barn wood by John Duffy, from Stable Tables.
getting there...

Then, finally a little before Christmas, I painted the fireplace black.
Donk.  That was it.

Now, the fireplace works well with the rest of the room , and the rest of the house for that matter.
So, it takes a while, but keep tweeking.  i know I always will.


  1. You are one Tweeker! You spent a lot of time on this fireplace and mantel and it is totally worth it! I love the old wood and that you painted the fireplace black. It looks wonderful! I love how you decorated the mantel, too. I have been fumbling along since I took the Christmas things down. Yours is giving me some inspiration!


  2. Looks great Denise. I am getting ready to paint my fireplace too but haven't settled on a caolor yet. IT was great meeting you at the home show. ~Dana

  3. That big dining room table is amazing! Love the mix of chairs too!

  4. I guess that's what I do... I just keep tweeking...cause I'm just never satisfied. I must admit...I am starting to see a more clear picture of how I want things too look. It just takes time.

    Love your dining room, fireplace and table.
    It has a grand-- country living feel to it... very nice.


  5. Hi there! Love your house!

    Btw, where did you get that hanging candle tray above the dining table? I love it!


  6. I struggle with finding my style for sure! We moved into our home this summer and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with everything. I agree it's an evolution. I wish I know what to do with my fireplace/wood-burning stove. I know it's not my style but I don't have a lot of money to fix it up. Anyone have suggestions? Here is an image of it.

  7. Looks good... you know the feeling of going home from a stressful work and relax in front of a fire place like that...

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About Denise

Denise Sabia, interior decorator and author of “The Painted Home” blog, takes everyday items found in flea markets, thrift shops or simply along the roadside and turns them into unique pieces that freshen and warm your home … without breaking your budget. Denise began dabbling in design over 20 years ago and studied at Philadelphia University. Her client base continued to grow as did her portfolio of work, branching out to decorating entire homes. Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her husband, 3 kids, a dog, rabbit, 3 chickens, a gecko, and the oldest living hermit crab known to man.

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