It’s been an exhausting week at our house, I really thought we beat the flu everyone seemed to be getting but one by one we all got it (in a major way) including my 4 month year old. Any guesses who was the biggest baby?? Any guesses who jumped back the quickest?? Lets just say daddy could learn some manly tips from the baby!
We are finally feeling at least among the living and I’m excited that I’m going out to dinner tonight with just my husband. I think this may be our first official date since Cooper was born.
I probably should cook dinner and stay home and entertain in the newly finished dining room but cooking doesn’t seem much like a Valentine’s Day for me!
Truth…we don’t use this room as much as we should and maybe I should’ve done something like this or this but I just can’t seem to let go of liking the fact I have a dining room even if we only use it once or twice a year.
When we moved into our house a few years ago one of the first things we had to buy was a table and chairs because we were hosting Thanksgiving. My husband’s only direction for the room was he did not want to spend thousands on the table and chairs.
So this is what I found at a thrift store. I think I spent about $150.oo for the buffet, table and 4 chairs. (Good lines but ugly!)
Not much decorating happened before our first holiday but I did manage to paint the furniture.
Sadly the room stayed that way for awhile too because I got busy decorating the more used areas in the house. I finally decided to finish the room up this year and here is what it currently looks like.
Amazing what a few rugs and pillows and curtains will do right?
I had a window seat professionally upholstered in the same fabric as I recovered the dining room chairs. Then I added pillows from Target, Pier One and ZGallerie. The curtains are actually store bought curtains from Target that I customized and lengthened. (Separate post to follow.)
I think it’s important to add elements that mean something and these wine stoppers mean a lot to me. My daughter’s godparents buy us a new one each year for Christmas and at this point I’d be totally p’od if I didn’t get one!
Adding textures like the runner from Pottery Barn and the plants makes the space seem less stuffy and a little more casual. The board and batten also makes the room seem less stuff but it also gives it an architectural element which is important in this new house that generally has none.
Fun pieces like the moose (from my husband) and the elephants makes the space a little more fun and not so serious. I also painted the cabinet backs green to make my pieces pop a bit more.
The chandelier is from West Elm and so is the large wicker plate (is that what it is??). As you can see I took the window treatments all the way to the ceiling.
Now all I have to do is wait to Thanksgiving!! Kidding, I’m thinking a party is going to have to be happening soon so I can test the new space out!