Dinner for Four... The Dining Room

Monday, March 16, 2009

One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to be more like my friend Jennifer. You see, Jennifer serves dinner to her family of four in the dining room every night. She does the white tablecloth, the candles, flowers, music... everything. I think it is the most wonderful idea ever... except for the fact that my dining room has been acting as a catch-all for the past 4 years.

 I have resolved to update this room and make it usable for dinner 2 nights a week... babysteps, right? I started working on the dining room right before January just so I could jumpstart my resolution. I'm pretty happy with the results, although it still could use some more love...

This is the view when standing in the playroom. The mirrors are about $2 each from Ikea. I love Ikea, don't you?

My collection of antique soup tureens...

My antique curio cabinet houses my wine glasses. Remember how I posted about the curtains I made from tapestries from Urban Outfitters? These are them. I love the boldness of the print.

This is menu board I made. The frame had another life surrounding a mirror. I chopped off the top part, spray painted it and cut down some chalkboard wainscoting I bought from Lowes. I just painted the word menu at the top to finish it off.  

This vintage chair used to belong to my mother-in-law. Luckily she didn't mind that I spray painted it a glossy white and reupholstered the seat in a more modern print.

The jars on the table I use to decorate for holidays. Here I've got the Easter decorations out - just a egg I've gold leafed, a birds nest and some mossy stones. Each month it changes based on the coming season or holiday.

I do feel the space could use a few more punches, do you?  I do think it would be nice to add a more modern light fixture, so I'm on the lookout for an affordable one. Any ideas or suggestions?

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