Our Dining Room

I was so excited about having a dining room in our new house! At our first home, we had a breakfast area and another casual eating area in our living room. But now, we’ve got a bona fide dining room! 
One of my first things for this room was this chandelier. It’s been hanging in my grandparent’s house, and no one else needed it. David and I drove to the farm to take it down one afternoon, and replaced it with another inexpensive one. While we were there, we did a little plundering too! 🙂 
This little bamboo settee (and matching chair) was in a storage room – it was in need of maja repair, but I’m a sucker for bamboo so we loaded it up too.
The previous homeowners took their dining room chandelier with them, so of course we were going to have to replace it at some point. And it’s extra special to have my Mama Doris’ chandy anyway!

Waaay BEFORE, before we bought the house


I saw this in Veranda (or was it Traditional Home) a few months ago, and got really excited about having my little bamboo pieces fixed. Eventually, I’d like to have cushions made for them too. 

This is the space right after we bought the house. This wall elicited a lot of discussion between my husband and me. I was dead set on having it removed (I mean what purpose was it serving?), but we had those air vents to worry about. We considered filling it in (like we did the other odd half wall in the living room), but that would interrupt the flow of the house and detract from our pretty lake views. 

So, down came the wall. My brother Brince and David had a little dude-demo time with this, and after they were done with the sledgehammer and crowbar, this is what it looked like. 

It already made a huge difference just having it removed. The professionals were called in to work on the HVAC duct work and such, and now we just have one large vent in the floor. Problem solved. 🙂

And here is our open dining space with a great flow from the kitchen and living area.
(This was before the chandy went up.) 

I was excited to have the chandelier up, but it definitely needs a longer chain since this house has higher ceilings than my grandparent’s home. That will require a bit of a re-wiring job.
Add it to the list.

Short chandelier and all, I am still pumped to have a dining room.
These chairs came out of my other grandmother’s condo – they were light wood and had been sitting in storage for about 10 years. Having them
painted black made them like new again! And chic too!
The rug is a simple salmon hued dhurrie.
The table belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. It had been in storage for some time too, and we are thrilled to have it with us now.
The large botanicals were a gift from my grandmother for my college condo – I love them hanging here.
Eventually, we’d like to have upholstered chairs at the head of the table. I have my eye on these, but in a white duck fabric.
Wing-Back Parsons Chair with Skirt
But, for now, we’re getting the look while I am babysitting these chairs until I can deliver them to a client in South Georgia. 😉
My upholsterer did these for me, and added the nailhead trim too. They turned out so well, and definitely solidified that I’d like some of my own too! 

And doesn’t a table always look prettier when set?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!