dining room with coffered ceiling
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Dining Room

Inside, every inch of floor seemed to be covered with pink wall-to-wall carpet. Dark 1970s paneling covered the dining room walls. The galley kitchen was a hovel, and much of the original oak trim had been buried under coats of paint. Still, there were touches of grandeur that whispered to Regina from across the century. Egg-and-dart trim on a door. Leaded windows. A staircase that, beneath layers of grime, displayed the tight grain that is a hallmark of fine quartersawn oak.

Her decision may have seemed precipitous, but her feelings didn't change when she saw the house in person. Sure, it needed work, but there was so much to work with! One of the best clues to the house's lineage was located above their heads in the dining room, once the most ornate room in the place. There the ceiling was coffered, which lent the room a feeling of warmth and elegance.

Shown, the windows are original; the wainscoting is new.
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