Board and Batten in the Dining Room

Just when I thought we were close to being done decorating the dining room, things changed. I felt a strong whim to add board and batten to give the room a bit more architectural appeal. I was also tired of the shelf on this wall and wanted a different look. So hubby and I took a trip to Lowe's and picked up 8-foot long pine strips for under $3 each.   The board and batten section is painted in semi-gloss Ultra White by Benjamin. The … [Read more...]

11 Cozy Breakfast Nooks to Start Your Day!

I think we've all heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." I know I heard it in grade school or whenever starting a diet. Although I'm not a big breakfast eater,  I do love the thought of cozy breakfast nooks to start the day. It should be a cheery place to lift your spirits and help motivate you to tackle the day. Here's a few inspirational ideas to help you freshen up or create your own cozy dining nook. Reclaimed wood … [Read more...]

Pink Faux Flowers for My Farmhouse Dining Room

Do you ever just do anything on a whim? Sometimes you regret it, and sometimes you don't. The other day I stopped in at Michael's and the spring flowers really impressed me. They were so realistic looking - more so than ever before. I bought far more than I should (hey, at least they were on sale). On the way home I experienced buyer's remorse because I really didn't need so many flowers. But I had a moment of inspiration when I got home and … [Read more...]

Gold and Crystal Holiday Table Setting

Christmas carols are playing on Pandora, glitter is on the floor, and I'm busy planning my holiday meal. Prime rib is on the menu this year and I've opted for a gold and crystal holiday table setting. All week my blogging friends and I are featuring holiday tablescapes as part of the Styled + Set series organized by Lory at Designthusiasm. You can visit everyone's table settings at the links at the end of this post. I knew gold was going to be … [Read more...]

Tips for a Dining Room Makeover

This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. This time of year always puts me in the mood to bake and cook! I think it's part of that nesting feeling I get when the days get cooler and shorter. Since the plan is to share some of that food with loved ones, it's time I hustle my bustle and get the dining room done. Earlier this year I turned our dining room into a sitting room and now need … [Read more...]

Dining Room Redo: The First Change

After changing my dining room to a sitting room, projects around the house came to a sudden stand still. I caught a wicked viral infection that took forever to go away. The bug took its toll on me both physically and mentally and I'm finally feeling back to my old self. A couple weekends ago we installed a new shelf as the first step in my dining room redo.   The shelf is an $8 piece of wood from Lowe's that I painted white. I used a … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Ideas

When you're in the process of re-doing or redecorating a room, it can be a challenge to pull an entire look together. I recently moved my dining furniture to the living room and converted the dining space to a sitting room. I haven't done a whole lot in the "new" dining room as I'm still looking for farmhouse dining room decor. I also don't want to spend a lot of money so I'm taking my time. I decided to put together a few inspirational photos … [Read more...]

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...]

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