I took pictures when my beloved peonies were in season. One day we'll change the light fixture since it isn't centered over anything...
Our house has an open floor plan, so the living goes into the dining into the kitchen. There's no wall to separate the living and dining, so the decor had to be similar. I fell in love with the table when I wasn't even looking for a table - the chairs looked comfy and I loved the casual feel of the wooden table top with the wrought iron legs. A blend of comfort and ease with some intentional maturity thrown in.
We always knew we wanted the "hipster restaurant napkins," as I call them, so a set of them lives in a Coke bottle holder on the table. The pig was purchased after I saw a pig soup tureen I fell in love with but didn't buy (it was $65) - I was grateful to find this bowl for $15 a few months later. Andrew thought he was clever for telling me to put apples in its back. I added the terrarium I made for a little color. A few months in and only one plant still looks mostly alive. Oops.
I like keeping silverware in the Coke thing when I remember - one less thing to have to bring to the table. The napkins aren't for using since they took a while to find in a small quantity.
I love the way the table and chairs look, but I didn't think about how hard it would be to keep light colors clean. The table also scratches really easily and the finish scuffs a little when hot plates are put on it, so I'm constantly paranoid I'm going to mess it up. Since the dining table is pretty close to the living room rug, I haven't put a rug beneath it, even though I kind of want to. What would you do?
The wall with the buffet has so much meaning in one small space that it still makes me happy when I walk past it. We purchased the buffet off of Joss and Main and I knew I wanted a round mirror to go above it - preferably antique. Of course I had a price point in mind and of course it was unrealistic, but while we were out looking at antique stores one Saturday, Andrew found one and it was perfect. Simple but with small details on the bottom, unlike anything I can get at HomeGoods, and complete with age spots around the edges. Plus, it was less than I had budgeted!
Mementos from some of our favorite dinners are hanging around the mirror including a golden ticket and sealed menu from é in Las Vegas, a brunch menu from The Spotted Pig in NYC (gotta love the hints of pig), and menus from The Pass and Provisions and Oxheart, both great Houston restaurants. I learned that menus can be odd sizes, but the floating look frames from Michael's made framing much easier. Andrew also fell in love with the pig chalkboard (from World Market) early on and wanted to put the cuts of pork on it, but I thought a friendly message was a little
The buffet is both functional (all of our bar stuff is stashed inside and my cake domes are on the bottom) and a place for things I've collected. I've always loved the look of apothecary jars and have never known what to put in them. I had to have the vintage toaster (the weird silver thing) when I found it at an antique store over a year ago. It's from the 1930s and I got the vintage coffee can to match it. The vintage-looking milk bottle was picked up in Atlanta last summer and the wooden tray actually says "Andrew Winery" on it so I had to get it when I saw it at Garden Ridge because things like that make me smile. The corner has a little wooden cubby on the wall that has some other menus as well as a place to keep mail and bills so they don't pile up on the table.
One of the few things I would change about the room are the barstools. We both loved them and then they went on sale so I bought them pretty early. They aren't very comfortable and are a little more industrial than everything else, but it isn't the biggest deal. We got really lucky in finding a door mat at Kohl's that matched our other decor, so hopefully that helps to blend the spaces together.
Cake domes, a Texas BBQ book, a cookbook by a favorite chef, and a little tub that says "The Best BBQ in town is right here."
So that's my dining room. I mostly love it, but I do need some help with the rug, table centerpiece, and curtain (or no curtain) on the big window. Any suggestions?
The cubby came from HomeGoods and you can kind of see the flow of the rooms - the fireplace with TV above is on the left, and then a patterned curtain is on the narrow window. What should I do about a dining room rug and curtains?