Friday, November 18, 2011

House Tour: Dining Room

The dining room. This is where we eat, talk, and where I beat Daniel at speed Scrabble so badly that he makes me eat humble pie by playing Dominoes. These pictures are from my sister's baby shower, so there's a lovely spread of food laid out, but it gives you a general idea of the layout of the land.

I store my cookbooks, and our board games in the far corner on a vintage kitchen cart, and pin recipes THE OLD FASHIONED WAY on my sweet bulletin board! I have some kitschy vintage cookbooks featuring ham salad molds, and other 50's cuisine hanging above the cart. My lovely sisters, Kelley and Leigh, sewed that adorable apron for me a few years ago for my birthday.
I mentioned before in  this post how the ugly taupe furnace was the bane of my dining-room existence, and you all had some great ideas about how to fix it! One afternoon I worked up the gumption to spray-paint it with my chalkboard paint, and I'm so glad that I did. (I love it as much as one can love a giant furnace.) I use it to write down our menu for the week, and I'm sure Selah will have fun coloring on it when she gets a little older.

The Hoosier cabinet houses my little collection of mid-century anodized aluminum wares. This, like my chenille bedspreads, is another example of my small and strange obsessions. I vividly remember drinking out of a pink anodized aluminum cup at my great-grandmas house as a child; I loved watching the beads of condensation gather and trickle down the sides of the cup. I have that very cup, that started my collection, and I love it.

We painted the french-doors red, and I feel like it's an unexpected statement that sets apart the room. The red also ties into the rug (from Target) and the industrial letter 'C' above the Hoosier cabinet.

I recovered the chairs with a green-striped upholstery fabric from Ikea. There is something charming about the contrast between the modern fabric with the old-style table and chairs. Really, it's a theme that's carried out throughout the room. Bright modern colors, with vintage touches to bring it back to earth.
Here is the dining room at it's best. Happy and warm and full of people. If you're just joining in on the fun, be sure to check out the other rooms: master bedroom, kitchen, hallway, and front porch.

Thanks so much for all of your incredible feedback about my home! I am so flattered by your sweet words.

Lots of love,


  1. Super cute! I love chalkboard paint too! :)

  2. I love your house, so much color and vibrance!

  3. Oh my goodness. I love all of your vintage goodies and furniture.


  4. Those red doors are amazing. The perfect pop of color, and I lerv that rug. Where'd ya get it? I'm rug shopping these days.

  5. I love love love the chalkboard paint furnace! genius!

  6. Thanks friends! The rug is from good-ole Target :)