Thursday, September 8, 2011

S+S at home: dining room

This summer I was itching to spruce up my dining room. We have shown bits and pieces of this space in other posts but I wanted to show you the whole shabang. Before I share, I need you all to know something, we rent. And while I adore our little home, there are many things I would change if we owned the place. First and foremost, the dining room walls. Wood paneling. Not. My. Fave. Let me tell you this though, those wood planks are the real deal. It's gorgeous wood, just not for the walls. I think It'd be fun to whitewash them or use the planks for some other purpose. Alright, moving on...

I adore my buffet. I found this beaut last year on MAJOR clearance at a local furniture store {oh the joys of living in the furniture capital of the world}. The drawers offer the perfect space to hide things I don't want out and the open shelves allow me to display some of my china as the room is not large enough to house a full china cabinet. The hubs spied those window panes in a trash pile! I love how they break up the wood walls and create the perfect canvas for styling. 
I purchased the horse head lamp at Homegoods for a whopping $25 and spruced up the shade with a little navy trim. The sketch is of, Ye Olde Pink House in Savannah. It's begging to be matted in pink and framed but I haven't decided on an exact shade of pink yet! 
My chandelier has been a project since we moved in. I purchased it from my local Habitat for Humanity store for $5. It was heinous originally but had a beautiful shape, nothing a can of spray paint couldn't fix! I wish I had before pics so you could see the total transformation but of course I can't find any. I painted it gray and added the linen shades. I loved it but it still needed a little umph! This summer I added crystals, trim to the shade and the ceiling medallion. I'm so pleased with how it turned out!
A little detail shot... 
I also picked up two Ikea chairs this summer to flank the ends of our table. I love the sophistication they brought to the room. While small, the table is very special to me because it was the table my parents used when they were first married. Now Ross and I get to enjoy it AND it fits perfectly in the space! With a table much bigger, you wouldn't be able to move around the room!
Here is what the room looked like back in December... 
And here it is currently... 
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my home. Happy Thursday lovelies! Be on the lookout for the start of a giveaway this afternoon! 


  1. the accents of the pale gray and how you decorated the vignette above the chest..beauitful!

  2. Oh I love old windows, spray paint and the buffet! You did a beautiful job and I like the wreath on the windows as well. I am trying to figure out where to place/hang all my old windows in the new house, I miss them.

  3. What a lovely room, great job!!!

  4. Beautiful! Love the stacked windows!

  5. Your dining room is beautiful! I love the side table and chandelier. I wish I had discoverd the Habitat for Humanity store before we bought our chandelier. Yours turned out great. Thanks so much for linking up to Roomspiration!

  6. Hello...

    I love what you have done in your dining room! The buffet...FABULOUS!!! And...I love the vignette that you created for it! You're absolutely right...the old, chippy frames are a perfect backdrop for your buffet's decor! It's all lovely...thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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