Adding to the Dining Room

Hello there!  We have had a busy week with 2 birthdays and Valentine’s Day in between. How has your week been?

Well, now we can breathe a bit before we change into Spring and Easter decorating.  I am continuing my turtle pace with our dining room.  For whatever reason, when we moved into our new house, I couldn’t bring myself to put a nail in the wall to hang a picture.  I have moved passed that, finally, and am beginning to add a little here and there.  Over the last few days in between school, cooking and errands, I have been playing around with a few of my favorite pictures I purchased at Kirklands last winter.  IMG_3277 Originally, they were hanging in the Family Room above the fireplace and I loved them! Although, I know some visitors probably thought my choice may have been a bit peculiar.  IMG_3436

In the Fall, I ordered two large scale prints from SmallWoods Home, click here to visit their website, you know I love cows, but this new sign was just what I was looking for in the family room.  I absolutely adore the simpleness of their sayings and the frames, I will tell you about those another day.  The cow prints sat for a few months in a closet until this week when the domino effect began.  Kendall came home from school and decided she needed to rearrange her room and eliminate a table.  Middle-bro and I carried the table down to the dining room and the fun began.

Here’s what I started with.

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The corner had a couple of small pictures but not much pizazz.  In the picture above, you can see I just set the cow prints on the table we brought in and thought about it for a day.  A great way to see if you will like a picture or not is to lean it on the wall where you want to hang it and let it sit for a few days.  No need to put holes in the walls if you’re not going to like your picture.  I liked them above the table, but I wasn’t sure about that being the first thing you see coming into the space.  The smaller wall looked like another option and I figured it would balance the wall on the other side of the dining room opening.  Here’s where we’re at.

I think they are the fun and whimsy that needed to be thrown into what is normally a very traditional room.  Those cows have a lot of character and the neutral, rustic frame is a favorite of mine.

The other side of the doorway looks like this.

My mom gave me the floral rings she purchased from Grandin Road, click here to visit their website, I brought them out when I pulled the cows out of the closet.  This is just the beginning for Spring decorating for me.

I haven’t done much to the table other than pull a few of my favorite things out and set them on the table.

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I’m still trying to figure this space out.  The chairs and squares molding was standard in the space and Mr. Chaos.  We could just leave it and paint the walls a darker color of the greige (a color crossed between beige and grey).  Currently, the walls are Agreeable Grey  and the trim is Shoji White, both from Sherwin Williams.  I think the room can definitely handle a darker color with all the sun that shines in.  The Agreeable Grey is a very soft color that gets darker in the evening, but in the daytime it might as well be white and it is not forgiving for marks on the walls.

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I will give you a peek of the fabric I selected for the drapes.

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It’s going to be a nice pop of color and I am leaning toward the dark grey for the walls. We will see where we go with all of this.  By the end of the weekend, I may strike it all and start all over.  Wish me luck!

XO,

Susan