Simple Table Setting For Two

April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been keeping busy around here. Mostly working on wedding projects, and although I would love to show you some of them, I am making myself wait until after the big day. So, here is a tid bit of the fun around here, a table setting just for the two of us. Jeremy even helped me think of the fun center piece! 🙂

What do you think? Simple, fun, and totally us. lol. Hope you are all having a nice early spring!

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Easter!

April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We sure did here. We had a small family dinner at our house and then did some yard work. Very festive, I know. I thought I would share with you our Easter table!

Notice anything different? How about that table? Yes, I finally tried the Restore on it! It worked so well, I think I’m in love! It did not removed the weird patterned spot, so the table is still not perfect, and probably never will be. But, it is so much better! The Restore really does a great job on scratches and scuffs. Anyways, how about the Easter setting? Jeremy even helped to decorate some eggs! I blew out real eggs so that we can save them for next year!

Here is one of Jeremy and I:

Here are the three generations of women in our family who came:

What did you all do for the holiday? 🙂

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Small Dining Room Changes

March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been waiting months to bring home my grandma and grandpa’s antique ice chest. Its finally here! We planned to move the “buffet” I painted for a while in the dining room and next it will serve as a changing table/dresser in a nursery (someday). The ice chest is in gorgeous condition and I think it goes very well in the room (also to be painted someday!).

Also, notice Jeremy’s newest addition to the room? 🙂

I thought the “L” paperweight was super cute!

I love it! Also, a tid bit about this room. The walls are wall papered, but with small, randomly torn bits of this cream marbled wall paper. It really was a neat technique. Now, if we ever need to patch a spot, all we need is a small chunk to cover it. The previous owners left us plenty. But, this isn’t my first color choice. Yes, neutral, but to me its a bit blah. I was thinking about testing a spot to see if I could paint right over these wall paper chunks. I think in a navy or gray the chunks could still give a layered texture, but be more my color. Anyone ever try this? Suggestions?

Also, I finally found a table runner I love. Now I can show off my pretty table a bit more. Well, as soon as its pretty, that is. Here is a shot of the runner:

The table is a gorgeous antique table that has leaves for expanding for company. We bought it from the previous owners as well. But, the top has seen better days. There are scratches and white marks where something sat. I am hoping to use Restor-A-Finish on it and be done. Soon! Here is a shot of the ick:

Very soon I hope to be back with an update on that table! Maybe a nice Easter table setting to incorporate my new runner! 😉

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Chair Love

February 11, 2012 at 11:13 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love love love metal dining chairs.  Especially these roughed up Tolix chairs!

See many more gorgeous photos on this blog, even if you can’t read a word of it!

Also, stay tuned for a GUEST POST this week!! 🙂

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Dining Chair Love

December 27, 2011 at 10:47 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Browsing some gorgeous photos today I came across two dining room photos that I just loved.  The first is so bright and fun with its mismatched chairs. I wish I was bold enough to pull this off!

The next is something I’d absolutely love to try someday, with a bench being used on one side of the dining table.  This bench is no regular bench, rather, a gorgeous antique bench!

I absolutely adore that bench! Enjoy!

Oh, and I want to share a peak at my Christmas holiday decor with you, but I’m running a bit behind.  Still to come! Hope you all had a great holiday!

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Thanksgiving 2011

November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What a wonderful thanksgiving (and birthday!) I had!  This was the first year I hosted the festivities at our home, thanks to a lot of help from my mom! It was a great break from work to be home on the long holiday weekend with my family.  I wanted to share a few quick photos, especially my quick and fun table settings! …

Jeremy and I…

The family…

I also got to do a lot of hunting and trapping and some playing with cows. Yes, thats right.  So, here’s one of me petting the giant bull…

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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Old Chair Becomes New Chair Love

June 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

About a year ago I was given this kind of ugly old chair  by a friend who knew I had a thing for chairs and also a thing for redoing ugly vintage pieces.  The chair sat in my garage just waiting for me to be inspired.  And finally… I have a new dining chair!

Here is the funky chair before:

This baby was probably gorgeous is its day, but the orange had to go.  And the finish on the wood had also seen better days.  So, I got to work.  I first unscrewed the cushion from the chair from underneath.  Then I had to pry off about a million staples.  But, this step proved to be quite inspiring.  You see, I am a beginner reupholster-er.   This chair gave me a bit of creative insight.  Once I started prying off the staples I realized that not only was the fabric cover itself tacked down, but also the piping around the bottom of the cushion was a separate piece.  This was a strip of fabric folded in half and stapled around the edge.  Easy!

Here is a look at the cushion and staples.  You can also see the strip of piping.

And here is my new dining chair, including my take on this simple piping idea!

I love how the piping contrasts with the leather fabric.  The color ties in with the dining room so well. And here’s the new beauty in its place at the dining table:

The fabric on the table is another project to be coming soon! I am working on a fun table runner to brighten the place up for summer!

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Vintage Plates

June 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When I got my first apartment my mom and I found an entire set of unused, gorgeous black dishes for $40 at a resale shop.  I have lovingly used them ever since.  A couple of years ago, during a hurried move, a box broke open and almost all of the salad plates, bowls, and mugs were broken.  Fortunately, all of the dinner plates pulled through.  But, I have been on the hunt for some fun dishes to mix with the black plates ever since.

The other day at a thrift store I ran across a full set of adorable blue, vintage salad plates.  They were .49 each, so for about $4 I added these to my set:

Here are a few shots of a mock place setting, just to see how sweet they looked 🙂

The blue glasses are from a flea market and the black charcoal glasses were given to me by my grandfather and came from Germany.  The candlesticks are a mix of vintage and CB2, and my silverware is all new Oneida.  I really like how it all mixed together.  Although, these photos remind me how I can’t wait to refinish the dining table! What do you think?

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Dining Room Inspiration

May 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found this dining room photo on flickr and just couldn’t resist showing you all.  This room is just awesome!  I love how elegant and glamorous it is, even when paired with the rustic wood table.  I love the mirrors on the table; what a simple yet glam way to dress the room up.  The wall paper makes the room bright, but still in the shades of gray that I love right now!

untitled photo by uydurrukcu on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/uydurrukcu/5033782889/

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Typewriter Table Detailed

April 14, 2009 at 8:44 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sorry, I forgot to upload new pictures yesterday. But, today you get to see a lot of progress from the weekend! Here is the typewriter table that I showed you before.  It is now finished and detailed! 

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Once I finished the second coat of white spray paint I arranged cardboard scrap-booking stencils in the placement I liked.  I traced and filled the stencils with a paint pen.  These little guys work great!  I have used it on a couple of projects now and it always does the trick.  I think it is super cute and ready to be used!

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