I wanted to begin posting more about our home because it is my favorite place in the world and because I really enjoy decorating! We’ve lived in our home for a couple of years now and I pride myself in decorating with affordable thrift store finds, auction box leftovers, and family hand me downs. Honestly, it means that I will look for certain items to decorate with for months because I love decorating with what I love without breaking the bank.
To start off our home tour, I wanted to begin by showing you my favorite room: our dining room. I love this room because it incorporates my favorite things: simplicity, vintage elements, some family history, and some soft touches of flora and fauna! When we were house hunting, I made it very clear I wanted a nice sized dining room because I wanted our home to be a happy place where we could feed people and host them! An added bonus though is when I realized that dining rooms also serve as amazing multipurpose room. I’ve done homework, crafting, and sewing on our table. I’ve wrapped presents and we’ve eaten so many meals here.
The table itself has a good story! It was my grandmother’s and it is from the 1800s. My grandfather kept it in a house that he rented and the wood was in bad shape. Humorously enough, my grandpa called my Mom when we were visiting once and was like “hey Jean, I got tired of the table because no one wanted it. It is on the curb for anyone to take.” My Mom drove and picked up the table and then he goes “oh, I hoped you would like it. It can be your Christmas present.” The story makes us all laugh a lot and I always hoped I would have this table someday! Lucky for me, my parents saved it for me and brought it down as a house warming present.
Without leaves, the table is a 4 by 4 table with 8 one-foot leaves. Needless to say, the table ends up being pretty big! When we first moved in, we didn’t use a table cloth, but we quickly found the table hadn’t been sealed properly and any type of heat (even with a hot pad) would show. We eventually would like to re-do the table ourselves and do some repairs to the wood. If you notice the piece of wood hanging down from the table, I pressed a latch so you could also see where the leaves insert into the table. The table is all wood which means we probably need to do some work on it while it is cold because it does expand and it makes it difficult for us to put the table up!
Vintage sterling silver serving tray // hand me down
Victorian crystal hair holder // hand me down
table // hand me down
table cloth // Kohl’s
chairs // bought second hand
large picture frame // from grandmother and repaired by my mother
other picture frames // $5 auction box
green vase // thrifted
4 season plates // hand me down
vintage decorative plates // hand me down
flowers // bought from Kroger for $4
curtains // hand made by Devin’s Mom
As for projects for the future, I would love to put up board and batten wainscoting and re-paint the table (so, I don’t have to use a table cloth) and to re-paint the chairs. I’ve also been looking for an affordable buffet that I like for a while that doesn’t weigh a ton.
Other home tour posts:
What is your favorite room in your house?