Posts tagged ‘Dining Room’

January 9, 2012

Dining Room Revamp & Other Swaps

by Cait

Robert and I were very fortunate to receive a lot of furniture from family when we bought our house in 2009. Over the past two years we’ve been able to settle into our house without breaking the bank on furniture, buying everything at Ikea, or having a bunch of empty rooms. It’s also been very comforting to be surrounded by familiar furniture.

Having said that, we’re starting to get to the point with our house where we want to swap out a few pieces to make our home fit our style better.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed me pining for a set of metal Tolix style chairs. I thought they’d look great with our existing table that I bought with my grandma years ago. I finally found two reproduction chairs I thought were perfect, but I could never pull the trigger on them (I even missed a sale on the chairs on the left – $79/each with free shipping).

left from Home Decorators, right from Industry-West

After seeing Kara Paslay’s new Eames chairs the idea of mid-century modern chairs with a farmhouse table was planted in the back of my mind. Our table is very much like the one Kara has, though the base of our table is dark green instead of white.

 Kara Paslay’s dining room

I came up with this design board for our dining room. The room is already painted (I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t shared any daytime shots of the green below the chairrail), the light was a DIY about a year ago, you saw the chairs here, and the rug will be moved from the living room. As for the other bits, I’ve been lusting after that vase for quite a while, and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding french doors & a faux transom between the living room and dining room.

Here’s how it turned out:

yes, the Christmas decorations are still up

Since we swiped the living room rug, we picked up a replacement from It was 50% off, and with some Paypal money from Etsy and eBay sales we only spent $49.

Morroccan Trellis Rug Navy

please ignore the squished couch cushions

I’d love to add some better lighting behind the couch and over the round table (which has taken the place of the rectangular one in front of the birch trees), but we have some things to take care of first (you know, the bathroom, and our Pinterest Partayy project).

What have y’all been up to?

December 29, 2011

Risk Taking

by Cait

I’ve touched on the subject of mixing colors and patterns before, and most of y’all agreed that you aren’t scared to mix patterns. Hopefully you will also agree with what I’m about to show you.

Yes, I did just mix a farmhouse table, (knock off) midcentury modern chairs, and a Craigslist Italian provincial china cabinet. I loved all three pieces, and I think it just might be crazy enough to work. I would say Pinterest made me do it, but we all know I’m one who doesn’t really care what other people think.

I’ll be back soon with another post about the dining room, as well as some other updates we’re working on.

November 17, 2010

Mid-week Slump

by Cait

In lieu of the real blog post (because the pictures are on a different computer), I am putting together a to do list section (mainly for myself) of projects that need to be tackled, and a question about the hutch for readers.  I’m thinking about moving the hutch back into the dining room space because I feel like it’s a little weird walking in the front door and seeing our china.  And also, when I walk past the hutch in this location it makes a nerve wracking nosie because the floor is off grade (I admit that I probably just need to get used to that noise, since the house is off grade).

Dining Room with HutchThinking about moving the hutch back over here. Thoughts?

In other news, I’m having one of those weeks where I sit down to write a blog post and end up paying Robert’s campus parking ticket and figuring out what classes he needs to take in spring instead.  It is almost at the point where we can stop saying he has two years of school left and start saying a year and a half (after what feels like years of  saying “two years left” this seems like a major accomplishment.  And in my mind’s eye when Robert graduates his dad will have a scotch and an air horn.)  I’m also having a week where I’m trying not to panic that I haven’t heard anything back about the exciting guest room news.  Sigh.  Maybe I jinxed it with my post?

September 19, 2010

Fall Foliage Update

by Cait

As I mentioned in the last post, I was kicking around the idea of doing more with out centerpiece, so with a little inspiration from Young House Love, our backyard and another trip to HomeGoods I changed things up with the centerpiece.

The seeded glass (we like seeded glass a lot) hurricane was $12.99 from HomeGoods, the corks were free from my mom, and the branches were free from our backyard.  We may add more cork or more branches later, or just use some to change up the mantle.

Has anyone else changed their mind on about design decisions recently?

September 17, 2010

Fall Foliage

by Cait

A brief post to say that we decided it was time to freshen up our tables for fall (because, you know, now that it’s a chilly 79 degrees here in Florida some mornings it’s fall).  We hit up HomeGoods for some fall table linens and shopped in the decor store that is our house for center piece items.

We picked up this pack of napkins and placemats for $9.99

A second pack of the same napkins (sans placemats) was $5.99, and we got two 2-packs of placemats at $5.99

Everything else we had on hand already.  The wooden basket, salt shakers and drip coffee maker were wedding presents, the candle and candle holder are clearance Target purchases from last year, the trivets were made using 25 cent tiles from a local home supply outlet, the bronze-ish ball is from my mom (I was tinking about painting it white until now) and the things that look like puddles on the living room table are coasters we bought on Amazon.

Total cost: $27.96

We picked up a few other things while we were at HomeGoods that I’ll probably do a short post about later.  I also want to make our front door wreath a little more fall-themed, and I debated about making the centerpieces for out tables a little more Pottery Barn-esque.  I may work on that in the coming weeks, but for now it’s a lot better than the spring&summer-y linens we had on the table.

Have you made any fall decor changes at your house?

August 24, 2010

Build-In Envy

by Cait

I should begin by saying that our house would be filled with build-ins if Robert would let me get away with it.  (Hey, we have to take turns being the voice of reason.)  I love libraries, books and bookshelves…  Robert can attest to the first words out of my mouth upon seeing our house being “build-in”.  I have spent many nights with a measuring tape, the laptop, and the Ikea website.  So when I see a picture of someone else’s space filled with books I can’t help but instinctually save the image for inspiration (or to use as a desktop background, or just to look back on and drool over later), they just get me like that.  I only wish I had the links for the images I saved while reading blogs and Google searching on my phone!  Robert once likened the photo gallery on my phone to a Pottery Barn catalog.

LOVE.  Originally from Apartment Therapy, seen on Urban Nest

Both from Young House Love

From Young House Love

From Kara Paslay Designs

From Design*Sponge

From Design*Sponge

And for a wrap up of where I am convinced we need build-ins of our own…

LibraryBehold our future build-in.  Otherwise known as the first project on the list when we have money. But more on that later.

Dining RoomWe may or may not have plans for a build-in around the doorway here.

What is it about your house, or someone else’s houses, that makes you go weak at the knees?  Are you a bibliophile like me?

August 18, 2010

Dishing It Out

by Cait

Ok, so I am uber late posting this, and I apologize to my one reader for that.  Without any pomp and circumstance whatsoever, I am finally back to finish what I started in this post (and if you’re looking for the rest of the window seat project, you can see that here).  The hutch! With dishes!

Good thing I don’t even think my mom reads this, because there would be copious amounts of groaning and eye rolling at me for saying there wasn’t any pomp and circumstance and then linking back to other posts.  Whoops!  Moving on, if that spot on the bottom shelf looks blank it’s because I removed the tiles I made to go beside our door that spell out our last name.  Sorry internet folks, I don’t know you well enough to give you my last name or my digits, you haven’t even bought me dinner yet.  Or taken me to a movie.  Geeez!  (Oh yeah, and I’m married!)

And in case you are lazy like me and do not want to click the links to go back to the other posts, the grey I used is Valspar Restless Seas and the blue is Valspar East Coast, and they’re both from the Seaside Retreat line.

The black metal thing next to the hutch is a roadside find (I’m kind of addicted to them, as mentioned here) table base that is going to be used to hold firewood.

What do you think?  I am pretty much in love with it and would leave Robert for it except that I am a lucky lady who gets to be married to him and have a hutch that looks like this.  Seriously folks, who knew adulthood life came with cool perks like that?  And this beauty is all mine ours for the low, low price of about $9 for three sample cans, since the pieces are hand me downs.  What’s not to love about that?

August 14, 2010

Next Stop China

by Cait

This is more a teaser of the finished hutch than anything else, because it isn’t quite dry enough to be loaded back up with china.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a photo that shows it with all our china, so stop in for that!

August 1, 2010

The Frame Game

by Cait

First of all let me say that when my phone told me I had an email that turned out to be not one but two comments from Katie over at Bower Power you could pretty much have knocked me over with a feather.  Robert’s reaction involved an expletive, but he may or may not have had an adult beverage or two while playing pool with my dad, so we’ll forgive him for that.

Moving on, we’re working on art for the library and the dining room, sort of similar to the groupings Young House Love has in their living room and nursery.  Neither one is complete yet, as the dining room has a place holder photo in one frame and is waiting on a poster my mom found for us, and the library is waiting on the Ork Poster we ordered, but I thought I’d show y’all what we’re working on.  I love that all the frames are different, it goes with the style our house a little better than all matching frames.

Door Wall

And can I also just say that I absolutely love the view of the library caught in the dining room’s mirror when you walk down the hall?

Wall of Pictures

The C on the bottom right was inspired by Young House Love’s P Monogram and taken from a magazine redesign I did in my graphic design classes.

July 31, 2010

Lighting Woes

by Cait

I was trying to take updated pictures of the house this afternoon, and granted I didn’t pick the time of day that is best for taking pictures of the front rooms in our house (which is just as the sun is starting to set), but the impending thunderstorm kept trying to thwart my efforts.  These are some of the better attempts, and I also updated the guest bathroom’s after shots in Our House (though I’m sure I’ll change those again soon).

Dining Roomrearranged dining roomAs I mentioned before, we switched the hutch and the bench that used to be in the entryway. Those piece of art leaning on the bench need to have frames made with shoe molding and hung (probably on the wall above).

HutchThe Hutch's New Home... for nowWe moved the hutch to the wall in the “entry way” (aka- the wall you see when you walk in). We plan to paint this Valspar’s Dolphin Cove with a blue or green color for the back panel because that isn’t dust outlines you see, that’s white over-spray from the painters my in-law’s hired to paint the bathroom in their guest room (which is the former home for the bookshelf). We may even add doors to the bottom piece one day.

Fireplace in LibraryfireplaceWe didn’t do a whole lot to this yet, other than paint the room it’s in and add some things to the mantle. Eventually we’d like the fireplace to be done in flagstone, but since we haven’t been lucky enough to uncover any in our yard like Katie over at Bower Power and Sara at Russet Street Reno we have to wait until we win the lottery save up enough money for that project.

Living RoomLiving RoomOh living room, the love-hate relationship I have with you and your small windows & wood ceiling is demonstrated nicely in this picture… This room in a pain in my backside to take pictures of because of a) the lovely beam running through the center of the room, b) the fact that wood ceiling just makes the room look too dark in general, and c) the squat, poorly sealed 70s windows installed when this was made into a room in the first place. There is a list longer than my arm of things I’d like to do to this room eventually (and shockingly enough this list doesn’t actually include ripping the pine boards off the ceiling).