New House Progress–Our Dining Room

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With Thanksgiving coming up next month and the Holidays suddenly JUST around the corner, I have been extra-motivated to get the dining room “guest-ready” in our new home. I am preparing a photo shoot for another blog we write for, so it was a good opportunity to take a few pictures of the room while I was staging for that. I still have a few details to finish {like a rug} but the room has come a long way from when we moved in six months ago.


dining room

 {moving day photo}


The biggest change is in the new paint color. We now call this home “the land of disappearing paint colors” as most of what we have painted continues to resemble the builder white that was originally here–it must be something with the light? And, since the weather wasn’t cooperating today, I shot the images on several settings to try to get enough light to photograph the room, so I apologize for the variations but the wall color is a pale gray–one of my favorite paint colors, BM Moonshine.



I could not wait to get the chandelier from our previous home, which has been in storage for the last 18 months, hung in this room. It only took 6 months to actually get it up, but it makes a huge difference in making the room feel complete.  I would like a less ornate mirror hanging behind it, but all in good time. {Chandelier is available HERE}





This is the table that matches the chairs in my breakfast room. It is part of a vintage set I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ‘Pure White’ last summer, when I suddenly wanted caned chairs and sold our existing furniture on Craig’s List. Painting the set was a BIG job, but the white is a nice change from our formerly dark table.




The curtains were a recent find at West Elm, they may stay in the space or I may move them in another room, I have another spot where they would be perfect so I am torn. I also have something else in mind for here, I’d like to incorporate navy into the room, but the curtains I am looking for have proved impossible to find, all in all there are definitely more changes to come in this space.





This is actually the table from my front hall, it is in here just until we replace it with a dark wood buffet. It is a spot for some Fall decor for the time being. You can see the details on the gold wine rack in the corner above {HERE}.




I have been stalking Hobby Lobby until they replenished their stock of Lindsay Letter’s prints, I have had my eye on this one for months. She is so talented and this is one of my favorite hymns, it was important to me to have this in our home. I am so excited I found it in the store last week, but I believe they have recently restocked online too.





I have written here about my corner china cabinet previously but it is my favorite piece of furniture and the one I will never paint {which is saying a lot, as you know I paint just about everything!}. My father found it in a barn early in my parent’s marriage and painstakingly restored it, and they passed it to my husband and I when we were married. Since we plan to stay in this house for a long time {please, Lord!} I unpacked my wedding china into it and am determined to use it more often–especially now that gold is back in style 🙂






We’re really starting to make progress on this house, especially in the more public rooms and it gives me peace to know we have a space to extend hospitality to our family and friends as the holidays approach. There is always, always more to do, right? But we’re getting there.

I will be back with a fun giveaway later this week, and don’t forget that the 2nd Pretty Preppy Party link-up is Thursday, so get all your PRETTY projects ready to go!

Thanks for stopping by!


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