The Magic of Paint: Lorelei’s Dining Room and Entry Transformed

Welcome to the 621st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I have a wonderful transformation to share with you today for Metamorphosis Monday! Lorelei, a lovely BNOTP reader, recently shared a big change she made in two of the rooms in her home.

Before we go inside, I have to share how beautifully Lorelei has decorated the exterior of her home for Christmas! Notice how she used greenery at the windowsill level for the windows with Bahama/Bermuda style shutters. Such a great way to decorate those windows where a wreath wouldn’t be as visible.


Seeing this picture reminds me that I forgot to put a wreath on my lantern and birdhouse this year. How did I forget that? Love how this looks! Notice the wreaths around the lanterns on either side of the front door. Beautiful!

Wreath for Outdoor Lantern, Decorate for Christmas


So what are the big changes Lorelei has made inside? When she moved into her home, all the walls throughout the home were painted a dark blue.

Paint Makeover, Before Photo, Blue to Linen White


Lorelei brightened up her entry with new paint, choosing Benjamin Moore’s Linen White for this transformation. I love how this looks! Lorelei described Linen White as having yellow undertones. I love the softness of this color and how beautifully it contrasts with her white trim paint.

Foyer Entry Painted with Linen White by Benjamin Moore


The dining room definitely saw a huge transformation. Here’s how it looked prior to painting. As you can see in this photo, the walls in the dining room were also dark blue.


Lorelei liked the red paint color I chose for my dining room many years ago.

Traditional Thanksgiving Tablescape


I came across this color years ago during an annual Christmas tour of historic homes in my area. One of the homes we toured had a cozy den with a beautiful fire blazing away in the fireplace. The room was painted in a red that captured my heart, it all felt so cozy and soooo inviting!

I asked the docent for the paint color and she told me it was Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle. I left that day knowing that I HAD to use that color somewhere in my home. I loved it and wanted to recreate that feeling that I felt during the tour in my own home. Just wish my dining had a fireplace! lol

Red Dining Room Makeover, Adding Art


Lorelei chose Raspberry Truffle for her dining room, too and it turned out beautifully! Love it with white trim!

Perfect Red Paint for Dining Room, Benjamin Moore Raspberry Truffle


Raspberry Truffle is such a rich red. It tends to change a bit throughout the day depending on the light. I guess a lot of paint colors do that, don’t they?


This photo picturing a beautiful Hardanger needlework piece created by Lorelei, best shows the true color of Raspberry Truffle. I love how it looks with the “Linen White” color in the entry.


Have you ever heard of Hardanger needlework? I had not, but it is truly beautiful! Such intricate detail! What a gorgeous piece to be cherished and passed down through the generations.


Thanks so much to Lorelei for sharing her beautiful dining room and entry/foyer makeover! I am smitten with Benjamin Moore, Linen White now! I’ve been looking for a new color for my upstairs hallway since Sugar Cookie is a bit too yellow in that space since it has no windows. Linen White may just be perfect for that area! I hope Lorelei will share more of her paint choices as she paints other rooms in her home. It’s so much easier to choose a paint color when you can actually see it in a room in different lighting.

Have you transformed a room with paint recently? If so, I would love to see your Before and After pictures! You can email them to me at: [email protected].


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  1. Debra Oliver says

    Such a gorgeous home, thanks for sharing it with all of us. Her outdoor Christmas decor is perfect! Seeing her lamp post made me realize I hadn’t even thought about a wreath on mine. Have a great Christmas week, Susan, and thanks so much for hosting each week!

  2. Franki Parde says

    Oh, I do so love seeing how one “upscales’ their rooms!! What a difference and just lovely!! KUDOS!! franki ps…I’m still finding places for a little Christmas “this ‘n that”….oh, dear… franki

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful house and love the colors!

  4. Beautiful! I had raspberry truffle in dining area, per decorator years ago. I now have Ben Moore Pashmina. I’m missing the truffle!
    Thanks for sharing Susan. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Beautiful paint colors! I, too, do Hardanger. It’s a type of Norwegian Needlework.

    • I had never heard about Hardanger until I saw Lorelei’s beautiful needlework. Jane, does it take a long time to make/create? It looks like it would take longer than cross stitch.

      • Susan, it depends on the pattern that you use. The NOEL bellpull would probably take a little bit longer than cross stitch. The gorgeous sampler is an advanced piece and that would take quite a bit longer to do.

        I used to teach Hardanger and the students who had done counted cross stitch were surprised at how quickly they caught on to it. I hope you give it a try sometime……you need to find a teacher who will give you some good tips! Merry Christmas!

      • Lorelei Troup says

        The bell pull worked up much more quickly than the framed Christmas piece. Hardanger is stressful as you do the stitching first then very carefully cut away the linen fabric. If you cut something wrong, there goes your work! The framed piece has many different stitches, including cross stitch, bargello, satin stitch, and drawn thread.

  6. So fun to see that same beautiful red paint in two different rooms! We have a red room in our house too, and we love it! So nice of Lorelei and you to share her beautiful home’s transformation. And how about that cute goose with the red ribbon around its neck! 🙂 Thanks and Happy Monday!

  7. Oh this was a great share, Susan. Lorelei’s home is gorgeous. It is fun to change colors – it always is such a fresh new start for many reasons – moving,
    life changes, Covid isolation – we changed the bedroom recently. Hope to share soon.

    Loved this post!

  8. What a gorgeous home Lorelai’s is ! So American looking. Love it !
    Thanks for sharing Susan.
    Thank you for the inspiring party my friend.
    Wishing you a wonderful Merry Xmas and many blessings,

  9. Thanks so much for hosting each week! I know how much time it takes so it is greatly appreciated!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  10. Beautiful home and the Christmas decor is stunning! Thank you for hosting and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


    Tee @ Teediddlydee

  11. Linda townsend says

    James Farmer loves BM Linen White.

    • Well, then we know it’s a great choice! 🙂 Linda, do you remember which rooms he likes to use it in?

      • Linda townsend says

        If you go to his blog, he talks about linen white as his “go to white.” Search James Farmer linen white. Merry Christmas, Susan. You have given me some wonderful ideas.

  12. Beautiful colors chosen! Yes, I’m familiar with hardanger linens. They are lovely, and Lorelei’s are exceptional!

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