I have hated my dining room table for years now. Well, not hated it, exactly: just tired of it. The chairs I hated, from the time we got them and the color of them wasn't quite right (we had them stained to "go" with the table).
And then there is the hutch. We bought it when we had a 19' by 13' dining room to try to fill, and this one was BIG. Now...though it fit the space, it's just been too dark.
So, one day, as soon as Howard was game, I started plotting a change. Ikea was central. At first I had a vision of red chairs. In the midst of the madness, the dining room looked like this:
Then, I came to my senses. I found curtains that sang to me. They also told me to get black and white chairs. Table decisions and "hutch" decisions followed. Chairs got changed out because the first set was not sturdy enough. Boxes had to be put together (Samuel did most of that part).
Now, the dining room looks like this:
I couldn't be more pleased. It's got a touch of whimsy, and it's so much brighter now. My greatest surprise, though, was probably how much I love the shelves that show off all my lovely green and blue teapots and serving bowls and such. I love how they contrast with the light shelves and complement the wall color behind them. It might seem silly (sometimes it even does to me), but this change sets a new mood as I move about the space in my house.
What changes could you make to be happier with/in your environment?