This week has simply been a whirlwind and I literally did not turn on my laptop for 3 days! In my PhD life, I am just swamped with courses, placement and obviously research and this week was one of those jam packed weeks.
Last post, I had shown you our home’s front entrance with some winter touches. I am trying to simplify decor around the house, both in an effort to keep things simple and also stay within my teeny tiny budget. I don’t want to blow my budget every season changing things out and so on, so now when I am looking at buying something, I think ” Can I use this for at least 2 seasons?”.
So once you have made it into our home through the front entrance¬†, towards the¬†right is our dining room, which is slowly coming together. It is an odd shaped room where neither of the 2 main walls are continous – they have these odd nooks/recesses in them, which makes getting a full picture incredibly challenging.
Some of my favourite farmhouse pieces are in this room. Our dining table was a steal from the Restoration Hardware Outlet, followed by the Ikea chairs I bought off Kijiji. The hutch is a 1920’s refinished piece and was a lucky find from a friend who refinishes furniture to sell at her booth. I also purchased the frame (that is now a chalkboard on the wall) and the teal scale from the same friend – I will share a fun post on my adventures in this friends junk filled garage!
Here you can see the other side of the dining room – as you can see.. no continous long wall which drives me crazy sometimes! I had been looking on how to make the walls flow and also define the room for a while when I came across Christina’s tutorial on how to make those simple DIY ledge shelves¬†. Well, lets just say that I loved them! I saw the blog post on a Friday morning, bought the lumber on Friday night (yes, I love home depot date nights!) and the shelves were up by Sunday. Isn’t that how the DIY world is? ¬†You see something you love, and then you just cant stop until its finished!
Here is an example, of a simple centre piece that can be restyled all year long! The dough bowl, vintage aqua mason jars, deer antlers are all staples in my decor and you will see them throughout the house as I post more entries. The only seasonal things are the deer salt and pepper shakers and the (free!) christmas tree clippings.
Here it is, all decked out for the holidays in December with a flocked garland thrown in around all the same decor. Simple is the motto for 2017! Also, the table setting is my absolute favourite, I love love love colour and incorporating that in my farmhouse-inspired-decor for my very non-farmhouse builder grade, cookie cutter house. I can’t do white on white on white everything, and thats just my personal preference. So, when my husband’s aunt generously gifted us this Old Country Roses bone china dinner set, I was over the moon! Its hand made and has been collected by her over the past 30 years. And its perfect for all the tea parties I like to host! It makes its appearance during the holidays and occasionally throughout the year!
So here it is, our perfectly imperfect dining room as it is now. As is the journey in any home, any one room is never finished and never perfect. Its always a journey in adding or taking out things, until it feels like home.
Stay tuned for next week, for a virtual walk through of the heart of our house – the family room and kitchen!