As much as I love my kitchen makeover, I think I love my dining room even more. The fabric combination is one of my favorites and based on your comments you like the happy look of it, too.
The word joyful seems to sum it up just about perfectly. This room just makes me smile...and eat. Which may or may not be a good thing. I am in love with the sunflower yellow valance and buffalo check chairs.
I have been tempted to paint this oak hutch from the 90's on more than one occasion but have resisted and now I am glad I never followed through. It really fits in with the farmhouse, mismatched style I have come to love.
The 1940's sideboard was a gift for my 40th birthday from my husband. It holds all my teacups, teapots and dining room linens. I made the white burlap runner and love the simple uncluttered look of it paired with the more rustic wooden tray.
The kitchen and dining room open to the living room which makes it important for the three rooms to work together as far as color and style go. My plan is to move into the living room next. I have zero budget for purchases with the exception of a gallon of touch up paint so my creativity will definitely be put to the test.
I covered two of the newly upholstered yellow and white checked chairs with a layer of heavy plastic to grandchild proof them. My husband teases that maybe I should do the sofa's, too. Anyone else having a bad grandma flashback?
I have a thing for pretty glassware and store most of it in this hutch. If I don't see, I won't use it so having it out in the open not only makes me smile but reminds to enjoy it as well.
Our place mats are stored in this wire basket which makes it easy for everyone to remember to grab a clean one before sitting at the table to eat. The candy station, which is a staple here, is running low. I need to add it to my shopping list before the grands take notice. I store my household tools in the striped tin box, that way when I need the hammer, a screw driver or a nail they are right at hand. The round canisters store my tea light candles and my scented candle tarts.
Behind the black checked curtain I have extra cake plates and serving dishes stored. The oak wine cabinet has moved with us a couple of times. I have almost given it away on more than one occasion but it still serves it's purpose. It is one piece that I definitely plan on painting some day.
Each month the quote on the chalkboard gets changed. We usually take turns choosing what is pondered each month. It's fun to see what everyone comes up with. My husband's quotes always take the most censoring. His dark humor is not always appreciated by everyone...
I think the transition from the dining room to the kitchen works well. I love the mix of color and pattern in the valances and the casual, comfortable style of the rooms.
I am still on the look out for a couple of thrifted or garage sale bar stools and like any room there are still little things that need tweaking but that's part of the fun, isn't it?
Well, there you have it. It may not be much by today's standards but it is everything to us and so much more than so many have. Thanks for stopping by for a peak...