Today I am showing you the changes we made to the Formal Dining Room. It's at the front of the house off an arched entrance way and has ten foot ceilings. According to the builder's floor plan, this 12' by 14' room was supposed to be the living room. The dimensions are small but it's just big enough for us. While we were house hunting we saw a house decorated in what I call the colors of spices. My husband (wait a minute, this is blogland so is he Mr. Flies South?) and I agreed we would use those colors in our new house. I had a pillow from our old house that had all the colors we wanted to use. An inspiration is born!
Now we needed furniture. Here is my suggestion on dining room furniture, especially if it won't be used often. Unless you have the budget for a quality new set, see what you can find used. Even if you would never consider buying used this should be your one exception. Remember that it doesn't all have to match either. It's more interesting that way. We looked at new and it was very expensive and not particularly well made but it did give us a chance to find a style we could agree on. I started pouring over the Craigslist Ads and one popped up on a Friday afternoon. We called right away, went to see it and left a deposit that evening. The woman was asking $750 for a table with leaf, 6 armchairs, a lighted china cabinet and a side table(and yes, it does all match but that's what she was selling!) If people are asking a reasonable amount, I offer to pay them full price. If not, I will certainly negotiate. More times than not, it works. We didn't even measure it but I suggest you do since it's not really returnable.
Next we needed a chandelier. I fell in love with this one from Pottery Barn.
This wine rack is similar to the chandelier with the leaves and "crystals" It's from Ross and was around $8.
I love having a china cabinet and changing around the display in it. All you need are some plate holders to achieve a pleasing display of your favorite things. The white soup tureen in the middle was from a thrift store for $4!
Finally, the after! I picked up a silk tree (I have bad luck with real plants!) off Craigslist for $25 and a bronze metal folding tray from Ross for under $20 for extra serving space (important if you like to tablescape!)
**I am obviously not a professional decorator (and I never played one on TV either) but I am trying to share my experiences with those who may be interested. I rarely have an original idea but happily borrow from any source I can. I would love to hear your comments and tell me what inspires you and where you get your ideas from. Have a great week!
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