Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's Visit the Dining Room

 Today we are visiting the dining room.  This is the most "formal" eating area in our home.  Our great room has a weird shape, and this section is on the very front of the house.  When we moved here, I had this gorgeous table and china cabinet.  I love the cabinet so much, I couldn't bear to part with it.  I started to make it a library, but...you know how that goes.  Money, money, money, yada, yada, yada.  So, the table and cabinet fond a home there. 

This house has a huge kitchen with room for an 8 foot table which is perfect for my family.  Most of our time is spent in the kitchen, so it's only natural that we primarily eat in there.  However, I love the way this more formal dining space flows with my great room. 


Most of the decor in this space is from Kirkland's.  I made the orchid centerpiece a couple of years ago, and it has moved all over the house.  I like it best here, I believe, because it goes perfectly with the chairs and the Kirkland's art between the windows.  Here's a closer look at the centerpiece...

The dishes and glasses are from Beall's.  Beall's is a Florida deparatment store for those of you that don't have one near you.  I love these white shell dishes - got them for HALF off, making the plates and bowls about $3 each!  The napkin rings are Pottery Barn, and so is the flatware.  I am in love with this flatware, by the way, but I can't afford it.  LOL!!  So, I have created my very own Pottery Barn Layaway Plan.  Every time I go in the store, I buy a set.  This way my husband doesn't I don't notice the cost of it as much, and before I know it, I will have the 12 place settings I need.  Pretty clever, huh?

My curtains are "no sew"...Remember, I don't sew?  LOL!!  They are just long panels of material ($6 a yard!!) folded and clipped with curtaian rings.  Doesn't matter that they're not store bought formal draperies, they do the trick and match my couch to a "T".  I tried lighter colors on the windows, but with all the light in this room, they just faded into oblivion.  I think these tie the entire room together perfectly.
See why I couldn't bear to sell the china cabinet?? I think it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  The metalwork on the doors is totally fabulous!

And, finally, here's a view looking back from the great room living area. 



Linking up to Debbie's Newbie Party!





And also par-tay-ing over with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday, Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, and on Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!!







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15 comments:

  1. Love your dining room. It is stunning and yes the table and the china cabinet are wonderful. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

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  2. I am so thankful you did not sell your china cabinet as it looks so elegant in your dining room. Your table is lovely, too! Your drapes are ingenious.....thanks for that idea!!

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  3. Gorgeous, Farica !! The hutch is beautiful ... and, you know I LOVE the PB flatware (seriously, might have to adapt your layaway plan)! Your floral arrangement is perfect for your table, too, and, of course, love the zebra pillows, too. What time is dinner being served? I'm on the way ....

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  4. As usual I am not surprised that everything in your dining room looks gorgeous. You have got the touch girl! I also like your PB layaway plan I think that might have to try this myself.

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  5. Beautiful, Farica! The dinnerware is pretty. It fits in nicely with where you live!
    have a wonderful day~ L

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  6. I love your dining room. You are correct, that table and cabinet are exquisite. I am so glad you kept it. It is truly a breathtaking room.
    I love you layaway plan. sounds like mine and baby, no one goes near the trunk of my car but me! LOL! And I have been married 53 years. It is called path of least resistance. Hugs, Ginger:)

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  7. Your dining room is lovely. You've certain done a nice job!

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  8. I absolutely love how your dining room is decorated!!

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  9. Gorgeous!!! Girl, I wish you could come to my house and help decorate!

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  10. Sigh....I'm taking it all in, just lovely. I love everything about it. I was just trying to get inspiration looking at Tuscan Dining Rooms and all I had to do was come here. Well done, my friend! Guess what? I used to have your chairs...and I miss them. Thanks so much for sharing, it's always a treat! XOXO ~Liz

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  11. How delightful! It looks gorgeous Farica. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. How pretty that dining room is! Love your pretty centerpiece and fabulous tableware.

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  13. What a pretty dining room. I love your furniture. I know sometimes you just have to wait and see where the furniture wants to live, not where you want to put it.

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  14. Beautiful dining room...I can see why you are hesitant about selling the china cabinet, Farica.

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  15. Love your gorgeous dining room!! The cabinet is beautiful too - I love the details on the doors!! :)

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