So a room makeover really costs two billion dollars

Oh the joys adventures in home decorating.

The new dining table arrived earlier this week –

Restoration Hardware – Grand Baluster Rectangular Extension Dining Table 72″ with 24″ drop in leaf, $1495

It’s incredibly heavy, like pulled my lower back moving it this way and that way, taking out the leaf, putting the leaf back in. So that’s good, I paid for that weight.

We ordered new chairs, that’s good news. But there’s bad news. They cost more than I thought with an accidental purchase of just slipcovers (what? at that price it doesn’t come with the chair?) that meant I had to buy missing order of chairs to actually put the slipcovers on, which then resulted in a forehead self-slap and, sorry to delivery bad news honey conversation.

Here they are –


Ballard Designs, Parsons Chair Slipcover with casters, $349
(cheaper IKEA option with covers)

Now comes a new light fixture.

Mr. Wonderful is never going to let me remake a new room again. I’m surprised he trusts me after the oil painting on canvas fiasco.

Here’s what I’m eyeing –


Pottery Barn Evelyn Chandelier


Pottery Barn Danielle Chandelier


World Market Beaded Corrine


Pottery Barn Collins Chandelier

isaacchandelier_nb_lt_ledg16_417Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., Isaac Chandelier

Ballard Designs, Eldridge Pendant

I read you should get a chandelier 12 inches smaller than the shortest width of your table so no one bumps their head getting up from their seat. This means I’m looking around 26″.

Since we moved from round table to a long rectangle, I’m looking at a sideboard/credenza (do they use that word anymore?) to take up space by a wall.

Cheers to room makeovers – haha – OK, I’m not laughing, I’m crying.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Betsy

    Thanks! That does help– I have a 3 year old so we make messes :) I appreciate your response! Love your blog :)

  • Betsy

    Hi! I just recently purchased this table and was hoping you could let me know how it’s wearing? Did you use anything to seal it or protect it? Thanks so much!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Betsy, we have just had it for a few months and it’s working well. I use placemats and we just dry wipe it down. If we need to, it’ll be a very light damp cloth. We also don’t have kids so the only mess would be if we make it but we are almost OCD haha :) Hope that helps! It’s a beautiful table!


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