Orlando colonial home dining room
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Fine Dining

Our neighbors were wonderful. For three months, while we were ripping out linoleum and cracked tile, and eating out of a mini fridge and a microwave set up in the dining room, they came by to commiserate and drop off home-cooked meals.

As the paint coordinator, I experimented quite a bit with color that year. But the big debate was over whether to touch the original horizontal cypress paneling in what had been the dining room. I finally decided it was just too dark, and John added a coat of yellow. Then I woke up in the middle of the night worrying that I'd made a mistake.

Shown: The kitchen absorbed a dining room with a floor made of 9-inch-wide oak boards framing 5-inch-wide pine boards. New varied-size oak boards in the cooking area unify the two spaces.
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