Dining Room Makeover to Sitting Room

A couple of weeks ago I revealed that I was turning my dining room into my sitting room. My living room will become my new dining room. After I made the decision to move forward with a dining room makeover - to a sitting room - I came across an inspiration photo on Houzz. I decided my sitting room needs a little more work to look the way I want. Here's my inspiration photo: Photo by Bret Franks Construction, Inc.   I love the wood and … [Read more...]

Windsor Chair: A Timeless Beauty

The Windsor chair is a classic beauty and worthy of a seat at any dining table. This style of chair originated in England during the 18th century and was widely popular during the revolutionary period of America.  Windsor chairs were first used in gardens and were typically painted green and left to weather outside. Eventually they moved indoors and I like to think that they were a staple at most Thanksgiving tables in Colonial homes. Photo by … [Read more...]

Spring Decorating: 6 Tips to Bring the Outdoors In

Today I'm doing 2 things.  One - I'm sharing 6 tips for creating a cohesive spring decorating look in the dining room.  And two - I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers for a spring tour and each one of us is providing a tip or how-to. Special thanks to Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for organizing the tour! The links to everyone's spring decor is at the end of this post, but for now,  here's the plan I followed to add a bit of spring in my … [Read more...]

Farm Table for My Dining Room

I'm officially on the hunt for a new farm table for my dining room!  I've had my current dining table for over 25 years and I think I'm due. It's held up well but I'm ready for a change. I prefer something a little more substantial and rustic than my current dining table. I'd also like a farm table that's extendable so everyone can fit comfortably at one table for holiday gatherings. Here's a roundup of tables that caught my eye at Houzz. Dining … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Spring Breakfast Nook

Spring is definitely in the air here in the Midwest and I'm celebrating the start of the season with a few of my favorite bloggers from both the U.S. and Canada! (You'll see links to their inspirational spring decorating at the end of the post.) I was in the mood to create a spring tablescape in my breakfast nook but what I ended up with looks entirely different than what I envisioned in my mind. Does that ever happen to you? I was going to … [Read more...]

Vintage Mirrors in My Dining Room

Do you ever collect things you love and find you have no where to put them when you get them home? Yet you keep buying them because you're sure to find a spot for it! Such is the case with me and vintage mirrors.  I especially love crusty old mirrors that have lost some of their silver because in my opinion, they have more character. In order to hang some of the ones that I have laying around, I decided to add to the vintage mirror collection in … [Read more...]

Spring Dining Room in Blue and White

A couple weeks ago my hubby excitedly walked through the door and told me about a new thrift store just 10 minutes from our house. Yes, hubby likes scouring the thrift stores just as much as I do and he was anxious for me to see it. It's a huge store and I found a special treasure which became my inspiration for creating a spring dining room in blue in white. This blue and white damask style fabric caught my eye where all the textiles were … [Read more...]

How to Create a Summer Coastal Centerpiece

Cool blues are always a refreshing color palette when it comes to summer decorating. As part of the summer edition of Seasons of Home, I'm sharing a very simple tutorial on how you can create a summer coastal centerpiece in just a few minutes. Seasons of Home is a group of bloggers who share seasonal ideas throughout the year. Be sure to visit the other ladies listed at the end of this post for even more summer inspiration. And now, here's the … [Read more...]

Summer Decorating in a Farmhouse Dining Room

We've been having some fabulous weather here in the Midwest ... enough rain for the garden and plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Of course, this means the weeds are growing like gangbusters and in order for me to get out in the garden as much as possible, I need to simplify things indoors. As part of my summer decorating routine, I've edited vignettes so there's less to dust and clean. To add a bit of color, I hung a vintage hankie banner onto the … [Read more...]

Decorating with White

White made its grand entrance onto the home decor scene with the introduction of Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic style. The color white is used profusely in shabby chic decor, using the color to unite worn objects from different eras. While some may think decorating with white is falling out of favor, numerous home decor sites still show an abundancy of white rooms. Country Living magazine has an entire section dedicated to decorating with white on … [Read more...]

My Experience Being Published in an Italian Decor Magazine

Less than 2 months ago I received an email from Annarita Triarico, an Italian journalist working for Lotus Publishing. She wanted to feature my home in one of their magazines, "Gli Speciali di Casa Chic."  At first I thought it was a joke, but I looked at their publishing site and realized it was a legitimate request. Unfortunately, this magazine is not for sale in the United States, but I'll receive several hard copies of my own. As you'll see … [Read more...]

Freshening Up the Dining Room for Spring

Ever since I've had my own homes, I like to brighten up the interiors with whites and cool blues. During spring and summer months, I'll bring in more color with flowers and accents. Our dining room only has one window in it, but I've managed to bounce the light around with pale walls and white furnishings. I know some people think white makes a room seem cold, but just look at Scandinavian homes. They use lots of light color to help brighten … [Read more...]

Fixing the Cabinet that the Cat Broke

You may remember my post about stenciling the glass china cabinet doors. Fortunately or unfortunately, a cat hurled itself at the glass door (obviously something freaked him out) and the glass on one of the doors broke. Now mind you, I didn't see this happen but I heard a crash in the dining room and when I came in, there he was looking all guilty. Rather than get too upset (it's just a cabinet, after all) I used it as an opportunity to do … [Read more...]

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