After: Warm & Inviting Dining Room
Mismatched furniture adds to the rustic style.
Rather than paint, Purdy decided to splurge on insulation and new tongue-and-groove pine walls. The pricey project was set off by considerable savings elsewhere: the table, made by the previous owner, was left behind, and the chairs belonged to her grandparents. The chandelier is an inexpensive fixture Purdy dressed up with pliable young twigs, which she tied at the top and around each light with thin black wire to form organic-looking branches. She dipped the bulbs in silicone for a softer, aged effect.