I thought I would share some of the changes made to our dining room. The only “before” photo that I could find is the one below. It was taken in 2010 at Christmas time. Since then we have replaced the carpet downstairs with hardwood floors. I love our floors and am pleased with just how they reflect light and warm up the rooms. And besides the change out of the holiday fluff, a few items on the walls and curtains have been changed as well. Next to the hutch is an old wood bench with a wonderful worn green paint. On top sits a large rectangle wood dough bowl and inside some round wood bowls. Hanging on the wall is a trio of favorites – an oil painting of yellowy white roses, a piano mirror and a Sunday Oil of pansies.
The most recent change to the dining room is that I replaced the IKEA Swiss Dot panels with curtain panels from Cost Plus World Market. The new curtain pattern is Whippoorwill and the link to them is HERE. The only thing I regret is not having purchased these online. The store carries the 84 inch length and I should have ordered them online to get the 96 inch length. I chose the Whippoorwill pattern because it goes nicely with my collection of brown transferware.
Casually stretched on the table is an antique tablecloth that came from a private collection of beautiful linens that were offered to me to purchase. Some I have kept, like this piece, and some I have sold in the store. There is something extra special about this tablecloth and I especially love all of the cross stitched handwork on it. Having made several cross stitched samplers over the years, I appreciate just how much time was spent creating it. And I love the soft blue/gray color of the stitches.
The drawn thread edging is so delicate and fanciful and shows off against the dark metal top of my table.
A simple centerpiece of stacked European dough bowls filled with dried hydrangeas and deer antler sheddings rest atop the tablecloth.
Bird motif English ironstone and transferware mingle with bird nests on a shelf of the white step-back hutch.. My husband found an abandoned Hummingbird nest in the office park he works at and brought it home to me. It is just precious and I have it lovingly displayed under a cloche.
The feather that is sticking up in the nest was found in a Hunter’s Diary that was written in the late 1800’s. So…. I’d say that it was well preserved all of these years. Now it adds a delicate flair to the nest.