Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 4 The Dining Room

Apr 20, 2020 | House, Morrison Residence Series, Quilt, Shop

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. You can find week one (living room) here, week two (master bedroom) here, and week three (kitchen) here. I am showing you our home through our eyes along with photos from the original architect, Robert Morrison.

This week we will take a look at the dining room. If you’d like to see what it looked like 2 years ago, I have an old blog post from when we remodeled it here.

This room really can be used for a variety of purposes, much like all of the spaces in this home. When we bought it, this room was being used as a family room/TV room. The photos from the architect Robert Morrison, show it being used as a dining room, below.

Then: Morrison house
Now: Morrison House Dining Room

We now use this room as a dining room and have a huge table to fill up the very long space. We love to have dinner parties and can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so that we can entertain again.

Several years ago I had this wallpaper installed and I still love it. It’s from York Wallcoverings (my hometown!) and you can find it here. A couple of years ago we replaced the flooring and built-in cabinets.

From the kitchen, you have to walk down this hallway to get to the dining room. The house was built in two stages, and this back part was built in the second stage. This hallway is currently very messy, so the before/after of it will have to be at a later date 🙂

Then: hallway office

This area below used to be a reading nook with a fabulous womb chair. This chair is on my wish list. They are really pricy, so if someone finds one at a good deal, let me know!

Then: Reading nook

The chairs that we have in this space were Dave’s grandmothers. I would like to recover them in a salmon colored velvet one day.

Now: Reading nook in the living room
Now: Artwork and a fiddle leaf fig

I quickly ‘redecorated’ this room today to snap some new photos. You can see that half way through I decided this wall below needed some art, so I placed this watercolor piece below. The wood carving art above and the watercolor below I found at an auction in North Jersey. Oh how I miss going to estate sales, auctions, flea markets and yard sales.

During the renovation in 2018 we replaced the track lighting for these vintage pendant lights. The ceiling globe light came with the house and I think it’s perfect so there is no need to replace it. Chairs from Article, table from Crate and Barrel, Built in cabinets IKEA with The Tile Shop marble tile as the top.

When we replaced the flooring we left this original tile in front of the sliding door. We have a hot tub out this door, and I liked the original tile, so we kept it. The rest of the flooring was carpet, which we replaced with this hardwood floor from Lumber Liquidators. By the way, I am just listing resources in case you are interested. This is not sponsored (aka we paid for all of this ourselves.)

Now: Dining Room
Then: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room

I bought these tulips from a local farm called Blooming Glen Farm. The shop where I have a space, Makers vintage + handmade, is sadly closed at this time due to the Coronovirus. The owner Jess has been having Instagram sales on her @thecrafterypa instagram account. I picked up these amazing flowers, as well as some earrings for myself, and a Mother’s Day gift.

Now: Living Room with Brand*Eye Home Pillows and quilt

The pillows and quilt (peeking out from the bedroom) above are for sale in my shop! They are 20% off, PLUS 20% of the sale will be donated to a local charity, Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter.

You can find my online shop here:

I have been keeping busy by making lots and lots of fabric face masks that I’ve been giving away for free. Email me if you are in need of one. I may eventually list some in my shop, but for now they are free.

Let me know what you think of these posts, the world in general, the pandemic, the meaning of life… I’m all ears (and eyes).



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