I want to show you what my dining room looks like for now. I've unpacked it all but still have some projects I want to do in here.
The table and chairs were purchased second hand about 20 years ago. I think they're from the 1920s and they're still in great shape. The three-tier pie crust table in the corner was made by my Dad when he was in high school as a wedding gift for his sister. It holds many of my favorite knick knacks.
The china cabinet is a recent purchase that I need to hold my five sets of china and various other plates and china and crystal pieces.
I recently added the items to the top of the china cabinet to give it more presence in the room. The cabinet is a short one because our last house had a drop ceiling in the dining room. This house has nine foot ceilings.
The rug is one my step-son got for us in Afghanistan when he was stationed there a few years ago.
The runner on the table is a piece of silk fabric left over from curtain panels I made for our living and dining rooms in our last house. They will soon be hanging in our music room.
Living room in my last house.
Dining room in my last house. See the low ceiling over the china cabinet.
That house was much bigger than the one we're in now; also more expensive to heat and cool, harder to clean, more expensive to insure, more maintenance, etc.
I'd like to paint the walls something other than white. We used Sherwin Williams Jersey Cream in our last house and might use the same again.
Now for the side of the room that I didn't show previously.
That dresser on the left is one of my next projects.
My daughter gave it to me. I plan to paint it with Sherwin Williams Upward - a grey blue.
I'll post more on this room as I make more changes but for now, I like it.
Thanks for visiting.
I joined the band wagon and made a bookpage wreath.
I used two Reader's Digest Condensed books with pages that had turned brown over time. The two rows of pages in the back are from a book with pages that are a little darker than the row of pages in the front. I curled the pages two different ways.
Then I used the Ex Libris from the first page and cut it into a circle. I used extra pages folded in a fan and glued together behind the Ex Libris with another circle cut from a book page.
We have this hanging in the Music Room of our house for my husband. It's called the music room because it houses a piano that no one plays, four violins and a cello. My husband is the string player.
I have a new convenience in my kitchen that my husband just finished for me. He wired three undercounter lights to an outlet we had our builder install over the microwave. This outlet is on a switch on the backsplash, next to the range. All I have to do is flip one switch to get light on all the counters! My husband is my hero!
This is my kitchen with the three undercounter lights turned on.
Do you see the switch just to the right of the range? No? I don't either. It blends into the subway tile in this picture. Here, I'll point it out . . .
There it is. Oh, this is so wonderful for a woman who likes lots of light in her kitchen. One flip of the switch and I have it!
On another note, I did a quick project in my laundry room that really added a fun pop of color. I hung some 70s framed tiles that my parents used to have hanging in their vacation home. My Dad just recently sent them to me.
The laundry room is just off the kitchen and doesn't look very pretty but I keep the door open during the day because I like the light from the window. With these framed tiles I can keep the colorful theme from my breakfast room on the other side of the kitchen. I blogged about my breakfast room here.
Now the laundry room looks pretty and adds to the colorful theme in the kitchen.