Monday, May 24, 2010

home sweet home: dining room

This was our dining room a long time ago:
It held no furniture for YEARS (but it was a great dance/gymnastics room).

Then we finally filled it up:
And spruced it up a little bit with this molding:
Here is the finished product from one angle:

And here it is from the other direction:
(This is where we have Sunday dinner.)

That wall over yonder is my favorite part. Denise saw these old, rusty window panes at this antique shop and told me I needed them. She has vision. I do not. (I love her.)

Dave's comment when he saw those heavy metal things was that we needed to make sure we were all caught up with our tetanus shots.

But I LOVE how they turned out.

Denise had the idea to put a bunch of dining stuff in each frame, but I could never find enough stuff, so I got foam core board cut to fit in each frame, covered each one with white coarse linen, and stuck in pictures of places we've been (you know how I salivate over traveling the world). We like to talk about those places over Sunday dinner.

And it means something to all of us.

26 comments:

dg darling said...

You salivate over traveling....I salivate over your dining room!

Loooove it!

sara@augustfields said...

shawni....it has really come a long way! your dining room is beautiful....lots of wonderful memories to be had around that table i'm sure :)

very clever with the foam board to be able to switch out pics easily :)

Dana at StrawberryTart! said...

I love it! I think the molding made the room!

sevenalstons said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

donna said...

great idea. ; )

Jaimie said...

loove it!

Susan said...

Just beautiful. I would love to know what your paint colors are. We are repainting and I can't decide.

Susan said...

Gorgeous room, Shawni! You have amazing taste!!

Katy said...

Gorgeous! I love how light and fresh the room feels.

Carin said...

Shawni, this is beautiful! I just love it!

ChadnWendy said...

Love it! Looks so great! I love how you seem to have a lot of natural light flowing through the windows too!

Vera said...

That wall of pictures is FABULOUS!!!!

Krystle said...

I love your dining room and I don't remember if I commented on your post about your living room remodel but I love that room too! HA!

Linds said...

It turned out beautifully.

Things I love:

That you got rid of the area rug! I like that it gives the space a fresh, clean look.

The window pane turned picture frames. The foam core board, linen and tiny push pins are such a great idea. I may have to use this one some day.

And the finishing touches with the molding, white mirror frame, and painting the bronze wall hanging blue.

AmyMak said...

Love this. I'm inspired!

seven smiles said...

LOVE the molding,
and how did you re-paint/treat that dark wall-carving-thing-ee?
I really like the update on that. I have some pieces that I like and still want to use, but they need a little change.

Crystal said...

I love that you decorate with pictures. I have almost only pictures on my walls and LOVE every single one of them. I wonder sometimes if people think its a little overkill. But, thats the first thing people compliment always. Looks great!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

you have no vision my tail feathers! GREAT - now I'm on the lookout for amazing-keep-your-tetanus-shots-uptodate-window-frames. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.
karin

p.s. haha! my word veri is 'dines' how appropriate. maybe better would be:
envy.
covet.
inspired.

Jamie C. said...

I think it is so smart to switch from light carpet to the dark carpet on the stairs. It gives a nice contrast, and being such a high traffic area, it's probably a lot easier to keep clean looking. I really like it!

Sarah said...

Shawni that is AWESOME! The furniture doesn't even look the same!

Shannon said...

I love how you "framed" your traveling pictures. Thanks for showing me how to do it.

Melissa said...

I love it!!! I love your decorating style. I loved your living room and I love the dining room too!!

Christine said...

Oh my! IT is stunning! I love the rustic window panes and the pictures inside. So sorry about your fish! :(

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Wow, what a beautiful DR! I love all the personal touches & the window travel pics are gorgeous. Job well done!

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful room! I love your style.

I'm doing a post with DIY window projects and was referred to you by Kristy at Sliding Down the Stairs. I love what you've done and if you're interested in me including a picture and link, I'd love to 'show it off' for you and have it in the collection (or in showing off your makeover - let me know!). :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Nice to "meet" you.

Roeshel

Tracy said...

You have a beautiful home (and family!). How did you do the molding in your dining room? We are about ready to embark on this project, and I can't find this style anywhere. Is there a name for it? Thanks a ton!

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