Monday, March 23, 2015

More details and sources on my dining room

Here's the 3rd post about my dining room but the 2nd one as to the details and sources.

Starting with the curtain panels I made using the no sew method of ironing.  The fabric is called Robert Allen Neo Toile in coral.  You can find it here.  The Duncan Phyfe buffet isn't perfect but I got it for $35 dollars from my next door neighbor.  I've been toying with the idea of painting it like this one below.

These pieces were scored at estate sales and yard sales.  See the photo below for the link to that post.

I'll post tomorrow on my orchids in a clam shell project.  I spent months trying to find a cheaper source for them and got lucky.

My dining room table was purchased 9 years ago from Ballard Designs.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's all in the details...

Today I'm sharing some of the sources and details of my multi-purpose dining room/entrance/and office space. I first spotted these x benches on the blog Dwellings by Devore.  I loved the green print on them which fits in perfectly with this room and having them in front of the fireplace just added something to it.  The price is amazing because they are on clearance, so I would grab them sooner rather than later.

This chair I found a long time ago at a consignment shop and had it reupholstered.  It's starting to show it's age, so I'm beginning to think about having it recovered, I've ordered lots of fabric swatches but nothing has really stood out to me. The pillow was custom made a long time ago as well and was used in my middle daughter's nursery.  The dog prints were found at Brimfield which I highly recommend.  It's one the largest antique flea markets you can find. The green table was bought at Antropologie (no longer continued), lamp at Neiman Marcus.  Here's the tutorial of the lampshade.

You can read about my ironstone find here.

What are some of your go-to sources?

Monday, March 16, 2015

My multi-purpose Dining Room

I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday on my top 5 favorite dining rooms.  You will see small elements of those rooms in my own dining room.  I don't have just one room dedicated to dining in, it has to serve as a multi-purpose space, in that it's my entry, as well as my office space.  You'll see further down. In another post I'll share details on sources and projects, but for now, here you go!

This space functions as my office.

And also keeps my son's musical instrument and a basket for shoes. I need to re-think that basket there. 

I love, love, love this wall lamp.  More on that later.

Now we have the entry way. Typically everyone seems to drop their bags on the floor in front of their hooks.

My gallery wall.

One day I would like to either build a closet for coats or find an amazing antique wardrobe.  For now, this Ikea one does the job.

Here's a little reading nook I created.  I can still see the kids but remain a bit removed from the scene (I wish).

If we ever want to visit the Aquarium, we don't have far to go.  Doesn't everyone have a fish tank in their dining space?

My fireplace.  One of the many reasons why I bought this house.  Eventually all that brick will be covered up with molding as well as tile.  One day!

Close up of a few of my milk glass pieces.

I've had these wedding pictures up for almost 13 years now.

Another blogger showed these x-benches in her home and I fell in love.  More details on a future post.

As you can see my buffet is less than in perfect condition but with young kids, and only a $35 price tag, you can see why it came home with me.  Did I mention I just love chinoiserie?  I mean REALLY LOVE.

This orchid/clam shell was an easy to do project but not a cheap one.

The table we've had for 8 years, don't mind the white paint. We do are arts and crafts in here as well.

My  husband usually answers all his emails at the table.  I think he needs his own little corner somewhere. 

You can see the door to the right, and here's a bit of a wider view of the room.

Here's one little detail I've always loved.  These are just plain target chairs that I adhered vinyl lettering to each chair, so we know who sits where.

I found a seller on Etsy that is embroidering linen place mats for me.  I'll show those when they come in.

Do you have any rooms in your house that double as something else?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Top favorite 5 Dining rooms

I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to dining rooms, so it was really difficult in narrowing it down to just 5 that I love. Some of them have similarities and others are completely different from each other.  Tomorrow I will be posting pictures of my own dining room, which actually serves more as a multi-purpose place.  You can see for yourself tomorrow.

Hoping someone can tell me the source?

Sadly the link no longer works

Hope you enjoyed all these beautiful dining spaces.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Junior League thrift store finds

Last Saturday an iconic theater here in Baltimore was showing ET, of course we had to take the kids to see this movie.  We all enjoyed it and it brought back memories for me of having an ET stuffed animal.  As we were heading to the car, I spotted a Junior League run thrift store.  I hadn't been in there for quite some time and decided to give it a quick go.  I found so many things I wanted to take home with me.  I did manage to restrain myself as I am trying to both purge and re-decorate each room in my home, but here's what I did purchase.

This beauty will soon be styled on my coffee table.

I love these and they have substantial weight to them.

There is a bit of a break on this bowl, but the patterned design helps hide it.

What great finds have you come across lately?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Displaying Disney pins

Last November, we took a family trip to DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida.  One of the highlights of the trip were collecting and trading the Disney pins.  When we got back from the trip, the pins along with the lanyard just sat in a bowl, with no further thought. Until of course, I was on Pinterest one evening and discovered a few fabulous ways of displaying them.  I created a small board here.

I decided to do this one on a much smaller scale to see how I liked it,  plus I will have make a second one for my other Daughter's pins.

I found a similar one on Etsy, but smaller is scale.  It's pretty ugly and thankfully cheap, it is only plastic after all.  The seller shipped it out in record time, and so the transformation began.

Here's what I used.  White fabric I had on hand, a pair of scissors, I kept the insert of the picture to use both to trace my outline and use it again in the frame, cork I had on hand from another project, and tacky glue.

This frame required 3 coats of paint with primer, which I let try for 24 hours after each coat.

When I traced the white fabric I gave a half an inch extra all around, in order to be able to fold it over.  The cork was cut to the exact size of the existing picture, and everything was glued down with tacky glue.

Don't worry the glue will dry clear.  You probably want to wait until the glue is fully dry before sticking your pins in, otherwise they will be there for a long time to come.

The final step is just putting it back into the frame and sticking the pins in.  I saved the original backings to the pins as the pins do not stick out enough in the back to use them.

It's a nice way to see and remember our family trip.