Updating the Open Shelving in My Dining Room

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Dining room open shelving
I’ve moved some things around on the open shelving in my dining room, and thought I’d show you what I’ve come up with.

This is how the shelves were styled when we first moved in last July:

But it was time to move things around a bit, because I get bored.  By the way, since someone always asks when I post pictures of the dining room table and chairs, yes, they are painted, and yes, I did the monograms myself.  The tutorial post is {here}.

Also, I built the shelving when we were in our previous home in Nashville–they were super easy.  You can see that home tour {here}.  If you want to learn more about the shelves, Amy wrote a tutorial on the DIY open shelving {here}, and weren’t they pretty in her kitchen?

open shelves in kitchen
At Christmas, I decked the halls (or the shelves) as part of our holiday home tour {here}

dining room display
So here they are now:

open shelving styled dining room

I left the starfish in their chicken wire basket because it’s summer and we live so close to the beach.

starfish in basket

The white pitchers are vintage, with the exception of the one on the left (it’s from Target).  I love grouping like items together for impact.

vintage white pitchers

The glove form is from an antique store in downtown Savannah.  At some point, I might move it into my bedroom to hold bracelets and rings, but for now it waves to guests.

vintage glove mold

I updated the chalkboard art  (it’s all freehand, which you can probably tell since it looks it!).  The vintage metal stool at the bottom of the picture is for our young guests.  It was chipped black when I bought it, then it was pale green for awhile, and now it’s silver.


I will confess that my silver is often this tarnished–it tarnishes faster when it’s out in the air, but I like to have it on display.

silver forks on display

The cupcake domes are from Pottery Barn and are pressed into service on the table pretty often.


I have a “thing” for busts; this one was at Home Goods not too long ago.

white bust statue

The vintage liquor decanters on their silver tray don’t change much; most of them were my grandmother’s.  The black and white photo is of her and my grandfather during World War II; that seems kind of fitting since today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

vintage decanters decorated

I hang most of my silver platters on the wall using this trick; the one here is no exception.

silver platter hung on wall

I’m sure it won’t stay this way too long…I’m always moving things around!



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  1. Where did you get those amazing white frames that you hold your chalkboard in?

    • Emily, I bought them as a pair at Goodwill. They were actually gold with a floral print inside. I spray painted them white and then used chalkboard spray paint to paint the glass. Instant matching chalkboards!

  2. Your home has so many nifty & different rustic accessories ..always LOVE it!

  3. J’aime tout!!!!
    Kisss from my little Belgium…

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