One of my favorite decisions with this house was switching the dining room into the formal living room. I adore the space we have in this room. Right now you are just seeing it with the furniture from our last home in it so the furniture looks like it’s being swallowed by the size of the room but I’ve got some ideas in the works for making this room look more pulled together.
We removed the curtains from the windows. Even though they were custom and beautifully made they weren’t our style. It definitely makes it look less finished in here so I have plans to add back new curtains and a big rug (preferably dark so you can’t see spills). I think it’ll make the space look more textured and like there is more life and personality in the space.
Can’t you just picture the fireplace roaring and a fall meal of soup, homemade bread and a harvest salad (can you tell I’m over 90 full-humidity days?) all lined up on that buffet? I’ve just thrown up some things onto the mantle for now but I plan to put a large photo there to hide the outlet.
The shelves are another story… I’ve placed most of our serving dishes on these shelves but haven’t had much time to play with making them look pretty. My goal for the shelves is to show off all the white dishes and make everything easily accessible whenever we need it. I want the shelves to look like they flow into the living room shelves without being identical in style.
I moved the blue buffet in here. All the kids’ toys that were in this space were moved into the built ins in the living room so that frees up some space to use this space for serving dishes, napkins, etc. Isn’t that sugar and creamer set adorable? I picked it up at Swank, one of my favorite stores in AJ’s hometown when we were back visiting last time.
When we started brainstorming moving to a larger home the one thing I wanted to add to the future space more than anything was a dining room table that could seat 12 so we could easily and comfortably have large crowds over. I searched and searched online but the only store that had things that appealed to me was Pottery Barn… and one of those tables could eat an entire real estate commission check. On a whim, while in Maine this summer, I did my search again and a World Market table popped up that looked very similar to one of the Pottery Barn options for $1500 less. They are similarly made and have nearly identical dimensions.
While running the other day I brainstormed a plan for saving up for the World Market table and I thought it would be fun to get you in on the action. I’m planning on selling things we don’t need and making over some furniture to get the funds for this table. I don’t want to dig into any of our regular household budget and thought maybe some of you have this same kind of goal for an item so I thought it could be potentially interesting to keep you updated about how I’m saving for this table and the makeovers and purging I do to make it happen. I’ve got one piece in the garage that needs some help now so you’ll be seeing that makeover shortly! I’m thinking maybe a regular update in the sidebar in the form of a thermometer or something like that could keep me updated. 🙂
And now… for the very first installment of Nourishment (a mini column I hope to regularly have at the end of blog posts) reflecting on the true meaning of hospitality and how you don’t have to have perfectly styled shelves or a great dining room table.