Hometalk Elegant Dining Room Decor Ideas

Happy Friday! Hometalk has invited me back to share some of the fabulous dining room inspiration and decorating ideas that can be be found on their site. Even though I have enough projects to keep me busy around the house for months, make that years, I am constantly getting sidetracked and lately I have been thinking I would like to make a few small updates in our dining room. Maybe a new paint color, change up the centerpiece on the table a bit? I’m not exactly sure what I plan to do yet, so I checked out Hometalk and of course I found lots of great ideas. When I actually get around to tackling the dining room, I know I will  be looking through the recent board that I created to inspire me. I am still adding more to my board, but here is just a sample of what I have found so far by the many super talented people that enjoy sharing their creativity and style on Hometalk. 

Hometalk Elegant Dining Room Decor Ideas

I just love all of the dining rooms that I have collected in my board so far, each has something so special, unique and beautiful about it, but here are a few of my favorites!

Edith and Evelyn Dining Room

This dining room by Edith and Evelyn Vintage is absolutely stunning. I love the mix of textures, neutral color palette, natural elements along with all of the vintage and elegant details. If you haven’t checked out Cindy’s blog yet, it is a must see, her home is beyond gorgeous!

Confessions of a Plate Addict Dining Room

If you want to see a lovely french inspired home filled with charm, then you have to visit Confessions of a Plate Addict. I simply adore Debbie’s style and everything about her dining room. From the wonderful collection blue transferware, to the pretty linens along with her gorgeous furniture, it’s so beautifully decorated!

Tidbits and Twine Dining Room

Kim of Tidbits and Twine is a another must see blog, She is so creative and super talented and has the most beautiful home and style! I love how Kim mixed vintage and traditional furniture and decor in designing her picture perfect dining room!

I hope you will stop by Hometalk to see my board where you are sure to find lots of elegant dining room decor ideas and more! Maybe you’ll even be inspired to create a board of your own too!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! We are so excited to be celebrating our daughters 16th birthday, we have a super fun few days ahead planned which I will be sharing on the blog next week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and also for all of the really kind comments you left on my Country Curtains guest post, here and their blog as well, it truly means so much to me, you all are the best!

 

 

Lauren

Country Curtains Home and Happiness Blog Guest Post

I am so excited to finally be able to share a little secret that I have been keeping. A few months ago I was contacted by Country Curtains, after finding me on Pinterest, and was asked if I would be interested in being a guest blogger on their Home and Happiness blog. Well, as you can imagine I was super thrilled for the opportunity and instantly said YES!

After looking through the Country Curtains catalog and website, I fell in love with their Clara Floral and Music Stripe fabrics and knew they would be the perfect addition to our kitchen. As I mentioned in a few of my previous posts, I have slowly been working on finding ways to create a better design flow throughout the downstairs of our home, mainly with color. Since adding the Clara Floral and Music Stripe fabrics, which are just the prettiest soft shade of green, along with the black buffalo check chair cushions, the family room and kitchen now tie together beautifully and feel like one big coordinated open space which is a look that I love.

I would like to thank Country Curtains for generously providing me with the curtain panels, several yards of fabric to make the napkins, table runner and tie backs and the super comfy chair cushions.

Here’s a little peek of the kitchen. I hope you will pop over to the Country Curtains Home and Happiness blog to check out my guest post and would love for you to leave a comment too! You will also find more photos to see how I incorporated several of my favorite Country Curtains fabrics and patterns into our kitchen.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you are having a great week!

Here are links to the fabrics Clara Floral, Music Stripe and Buffalo Check. if you are interested.  Thanks again to Country Curtains for the opportunity to be a guest on their blog and for providing me the wonderful curtains, chair cushions and fabrics for our kitchen.

Lauren

A Visit To Duke Gardens With My Mom

I know things have been a little quiet around here on the blog lately, but there’s a very good reason for that. I have been spending some much needed time with my mom. I feel truly blessed everyday to be mommy to my amazing twin daughters, but being in the middle of these often challenging teenage years, I find myself needing my own mom more than ever to help guide me through. Having her here to hug and talk to has really meant so much. For several years now, she has been making her annual Springtime visit to see us and the time always goes by way too fast and we try to squeeze lots in while she’s here. So, I took the last few weeks to simply enjoy our time together, to get out and explore the area and to also go on a few shopping adventures.

One of the first things we did when she arrived was to visit Duke Gardens in Durham. I have lived here for almost four years and I can’t believe I have never been, but being able to go for the first time with my mom,  who loves to garden and is in a garden club back home, made it worth the wait!

The weather was beautiful for most of the time she was in town, but we luckily ended up picking the most gorgeous day to visit. It was a perfect Spring day, with temperatures in the 70′s and the sky was so clear and filled with sunshine. I just couldn’t resist taking lots of pictures, everywhere we looked there was something pretty to see. Here are a few of my favorites, hope you enjoy the tour!

This is the entrance to Duke Gardens and you can see a peek of  Duke Chapel in the distance.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

As you enter the garden there is a staircase that leads to a beautiful fountain.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

All around the fountain I could see rose bushes that were not yet blossoming. This area must be stunning when they are.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

We were fortunate though to catch the spectacular Azaleas in full bloom.

A visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

This terraced area is part of the Historic Gardens.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

You can find this pretty arched bridge within the Asiatic Arboretum. The pop of red was such a lovely sight against the blue sky, green trees and peaceful lake.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

When we moved to North Carolina I instantly fell in love with Rhododendrons and have since planted several in our yard. This beauty though and happy bee were seen during our tour through the garden.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

There were pretty winding paths throughout the garden, with benches to simply sit and enjoy the view or take a casual stroll.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

This was one of my favorite plants, the flowers were stunning! I now need one of these in my garden.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

We ended the day with a walk through the Garden of Native Plants and that’s where we found this, the Bird Viewing Shelter.  There are several bird and squirrel feeders set up here. I could have spent hours just sitting here, relaxing and enjoying the view.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you live in the area or plan to visit, the Duke Gardens is a must see! If you would like more information about it click here. 

I hope had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day! I will back throughout the week with several posts to share and more from my adventures with my mom in the weeks to come!

Lauren

Powder Room Makeover

Recently, I shared that I have been working to create a more cohesive flow throughout our home. By making a few inexpensive and simple changes, it’s starting to come together. I last showed you our foyer which you can read about here. Today, I am excited to show you a room I have never shared before, the powder room.

Here is what it looked like before I made a few easy updates. This room was a great lesson for me that sometimes you need to take the time to live with a space for a while, instead of rushing and regretting design decisions later. When we purchased our home the powder room was a deep burgundy color with gold fixtures and very dark. Being my usual impatient self I had the bathroom painted right away and chose a color, modern looking light fixture, knobs and mirror, not thinking about how they would eventually work with the rest of the house. I was so happy that the other fixtures that I first chose for the room were more traditional. I did really love the bathroom for the first few years, but now looking back I can’t help but ask myself what was I thinking, this was just not my style.

Powder Room Makeover Before

When I finally decided that I just couldn’t live with the bathroom anymore, I knew that any changes would have to be on very tight budget. The only purchases were a new light fixture, a yard of fabric to make the skirt and a tension rod to hang it. I had found the pictures a while ago and they ended up being my inspiration for the room. I also already had the mirror, which was a thrift store find.

I started the makeover by painting the powder room the same green color that is now on the small accent wall in the foyer, Withered Moss by Valspar from Lowe’s. With no natural lighting, the color looks very different, but I liked how it worked with the bird pictures and fabric.

Powder Room Makeover

Next, I painted the once gold mirror and the vanity with some leftover black paint that I used on the front door, Reclaim in Licorice. I then removed the cabinet doors and added a skirt which is Waverly “Timeless Ticking”. I love how the skirt added some cottage charm to a very inexpensive, basic builder vanity. To complete the makeover my husband installed a new light fixture that I found at Lowe’s for $40.00. This time I chose one that was more traditional and coordinated with the faucet and other fixtures. I was hoping to find one that was a little fancier, but everything I found was out of my budget. This was also a good compromise as my husband is not crazy about the skirt.

Powder Room Makeover

Here’s a view so you can see how the bathroom, foyer and family room now flow together better with color, style and decor.

Powder Room Makeover

Taking photos in this bathroom was a challenge, but wanted to show you the pretty vintage monogrammed guest towel that I found on Etsy for $8.00. I already had the boxwood which I placed in a basket I found at a thrift store for a dollar.

Powder Room Makeover

With just a few thrifty and simple changes, using mostly what I had and spending only $61, I am so happy with how the powder room looks now and this time feel much better about my choices. I would eventually like to add a little rug to place in front of the vanity, but haven’t found one that is the right size or look, so I’m still on the hunt. I think a sisal with black border or maybe something a little more colorful, I guess I’ll know when I finally find one that’s right for the room.

Powder Room Makeover

I am still working on a few more projects in the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room, but promise to share with you as soon I finish up. Nothing major, just tying in more green and black to continue the design and color flow throughout the rest of the downstairs of the house.

Wishing you a fabulous week and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sharing over at The Scoop 

Lauren

Tale of a Turkey Platter

When it comes to decorating, sometimes the most obvious things and ideas can be right in front of me, but for whatever reason can take a while, sometime years to realize and figure out. That happens to me a lot and was definitely the case with our turkey platter.

This tale begins one Spring day when I was cleaning the kitchen and decided to go through each cabinet, rearranging and organizing.  When I came to the last cabinet, which was filled with larger serving pieces, mostly reserved for holidays and entertaining, it was quite a mess. So, I decided the best way to tackle this cabinet was to pull everything out and start from scratch. There were bowls and trays of all kinds stacked randomly one on top of the other. The very last thing I took out, on the very bottom holding everything else up was our turkey platter. In that moment, for the first time, I actually took the time to look at it and admire how pretty it was. I had always just thought of the turkey platter as something that we used once a year, maybe twice to display and serve our turkey on. Now, it just didn’t seem right to tuck that poor pretty turkey platter back  into the bottom of the cabinet until next Thanksgiving.

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That’s when the little light bulb in my head went off. This looks like transferware, I LOVE transferware! So much so that I started a collection and recently created a wall display with it. When I brought the turkey platter over to the dining room, in an instant I saw that the colors worked perfectly with the other decor and colors in the room. Then I stood there asking myself why in the world it took me so long to figure this out.  Now I just needed to find a special spot for it and make it work throughout the year,  until it’s needed again and back in the Thanksgiving spotlight.

That’s when I remembered the pine cones that used to be on display in the foyer, that were now stashed away in the garage until I found a new home for them. Well, this was it!

Like peanut and jelly, I think pine cones and a turkey platter make a great combination!

Turkey Platter Decorating

I have always had a hard time decorating the buffet, never quite sure what to put in the middle. The turkey platter was a perfect fit and this was just the right spot for it!

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Now that the turkey platter is out of hiding,  it can be admired all year long!

Turkey Platter Decorating - The Endearing Home

So, even though our turkey platter’s tale had a sad beginning, like a princess locked away in a castle for years, it happily has a fairy tale ending!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed my silly and maybe even a little inspiring turkey platter tale. I will be back again soon with a fun room reveal that ties in with my last post which you can read here. Have a great weekend!

Lauren

Simple Changes in the Foyer

Recently I  have been making some simple and inexpensive changes throughout our home which I will be sharing here over the next few months. I have been on a mission to make the downstairs flow better and to have a more cohesive look and style. I found the best way to achieve this was through the use of color. I came to this conclusion after looking at what I already had and realized I really love green and black. From a can of leftover paint in the garage to decor scattered throughout the house, I had plenty to work with. So, most of the updates were free and consisted of just shuffling things around, my favorite kind of decorating!

Last week I shared the olive green painted dresser in our family room, so today let’s move on to the foyer.

Here’s a photo to show you what the space looked like before making a few quick and easy updates.

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Here is what it looks like now.

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I started by painting this little wall area the same color as the living room.

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Next, I grabbed a pillow from the sofa in the living room and another from the family room to add a pop of color to the bench. Once I share the other updates throughout the house you will see how these pillows help tie everything together.

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Then, I grabbed the plant from the kitchen and lamp and pineapple from the living room. I moved the basket that was next to the front door to be closer to the bench for my kids to throw their shoes in when they get home from school. The coat rack is now next to the front door. I also took down the little plate that hung above the mirror and layered it with the key dish.

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I also couldn’t resist adding these new knobs to the chest I painted several years ago which match perfectly and were only a few dollars each!

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

I have been thinking about painting the wall above the stairs where our family gallery wall is the same green color and also painting the banisters black, but I am on the fence about those projects right now so I am going to keep thinking about them for a while. What do you think, should I paint them?

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Finally, one of my absolute favorite changes to our foyer was painting the door. That is a project I have been wanting to do for years, but was too nervous to do. I finally decided to go for it and I love it! Our foyer is very tall and always felt so bare and unwelcoming. After painting it black the space now feels so much more inviting and cozy. To read all about the door project and how I painted the border of the rug too you can click here.

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I have had most of the decor in our foyer for quite a while, but I often get lots of questions asking where I find things and I always love to share!

Bench, Ivory Plate, Green Vase, Lamp – Home Goods

Green Pillow, Basket – Target

Buffalo Check Pillow – Country Curtains

Mirror, Plant, Paint (Valspar Withered Moss) – Lowes

Key Plate – World Market

Cabinet Knobs – Hobby Lobby

Bench Cushion – Pier One

Bird Plate – Shop at the Charleston Market

Boxwood Wreath – Decor Steals

Coat Rack – Kirklands

Brass Pineapple – Consignment Shop

Well, I am off to grab my paintbrush and finish up painting our downstairs half bath which I promise to share with you soon, along with all of the other projects I have been working on. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Lauren

Olive Painted Dresser

I have been on the hunt for a statement piece for our family room for quite a while now. I have been looking for something that was different from the other furniture in the room.

Something like this.

Wood Chest of Drawers

I saw this gorgeous dresser right as I was leaving the Liberty Antique Festival back in September. As soon as I finished paying for some dishes, I turned to look for my husband and there it was. It was perfect, exactly what I was looking for, but sadly it didn’t come home with us. My shopping budget had run out and there was no convincing my husband that we needed it. From that day on I have been searching for a piece that I would love just as much, but so far with no luck. I wanted something wood, not painted, old, and with a bit of history. It clearly was a tall order and made me regret not buying that piece that I first fell in love with. Everything I have ended up finding since, has been either too expensive, too big, too small or not in great shape.

After months of searching I finally gave up, well at least for now. Instead I decided to give the dresser I was hoping to replace a new look. The problem is I didn’t really want to invest any money into something I didn’t plan to keep. So I looked in my garage and found a few leftover cans of paint from other projects, but unfortunately the colors I had were just not right for the piece or the room.

So, despite my thrifty efforts I realized I was going to not only have to buy a new can of paint, but also decide on a color that I was clearly not having much luck with. I wanted a color that would really stand out in the room, but I did not want to regret my choice or the expense. I ended up picking a color that I had my eye on for a while, but never had the right piece to try it out on until now. I have been craving a bit of color in the room so I went with Annie Sloan Olive. It was hard to really capture the color in my photos, but it is a beautiful deep green.

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Painted Chest of Drawers Makeover

Here’s a close up of the dresser to see the color better. You will notice a touch of black that shows through. In my attempt to use paint I already had, I first painted it black. It was too dark and not right for the room, but it ended up working out nicely to add a hint of distressing. After I finished painting and sealing with clear wax, I realized the knobs were also not going to work, so I found these vintage brass handles on Etsy for $24.00.

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

I still have my eye out for that statement piece I have been searching for, but for now I am really loving the new look of something I already had. Although I was not crazy about having to invest in this furniture makeover, it was a fun project to work on and it really helped to add some color and interest to the room until I can find that perfect piece.  If you would like to see what this dresser originally looked like you can click here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Lauren

Kiawah Island Vacation Home Tour

The first time I visited the Charleston, South Carolina area I instantly fell in love. From the beautiful city full of southern charm to the gorgeous beaches, it is a place I love to visit! Since moving to North Carolina my family and I have taken two vacations to the area, our first was to Isle of Palms and our last was to Kiawah. Both were absolutely wonderful and we can’t wait to return to again.

After a cold winter I am seriously longing for the sound of the waves, sand between my toes, salty air, bike riding along the beach and searching for seashells. Our Spring break is right around the corner and instead of packing for a beach vacation, we will be staying close to home. Our kids have a few school make up days due to all the snow and ice so the week was cut short and left us with not enough time to getaway. So, this year we will take the opportunity to explore some places in our area and tour a few nearby colleges with our girls.

Since this year I can only dream about the beach, I thought I would share with you the beautiful vacation home we rented last year in Kiawah. From the minute we walked in the door this home felt so cozy and every inch of was beautifully decorated. After viewing the pictures of the property on the rental companies website I just knew we were going to love it, but I have to say it was even prettier in person and far exceeded our expectations. It wasn’t easy, but my family gave me a few minutes to snap some photos before we unloaded the luggage from the car. We were all so anxious to settle in, hop on our bikes and head to the beach and relax for the week and that we definitely did, it was so hard to leave!

Ok I’ll stop talking now and get on with the tour!

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So, what did you think? As you can imagine I could not stop admiring all of the details throughout the home the entire week that we were there. The bedding, decor, planked walls, ceilings, furniture, amazing kitchen, I could go on and on, I just loved it all!

Our trip to Kiawah was by far one of our favorite family vacations to date and until we can return, I’ll just have to continue to dream of this…..

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If you are a planning a Kiawah vacation here is the rental company that we used, Kiawah Island Getaways, they were really great to work with. It is a family run business and they personally renovate each of the properties. On their website you will find all of the accommodations they offer along with photos and detailed information about each. Their website also has lots of great information about the island.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Lauren

Decorating Our New Kitchen Nook

There are times when I really miss our bay window, but I do love finally having a nice big wall to decorate, not huge, but much more than we had before and definitely an improvement. Before the recent construction, our kitchen was mostly all cabinets and windows with very little wall space to hang things and make the kitchen feel cozy. I did manage to find a small spot to hang a few of my pretty white dishes, but with this new nook I am now able to take most of my collection out of hiding.

If you would like to see what the kitchen looked like before you can click here. You can also see how I layer the plates here.

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During the construction I was worried that my favorite little black cabinet that provided much needed storage space would no longer have a home. Luckily, it ended up fitting perfectly in our new kitchen nook.

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I love the look of boxwood and white dishes, they were just meant to be together!

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Most of the dishes are from Home Goods and the others I found at Pier One and Hobby Lobby. The nest plate is from a shop in the Charleston City Market which I love to visit every time I’m there and you can read all about it here.

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I think white dishes are such a great way to add charm to a room and the best part is you can create a collection on a very small budget, my favorite kind of decorating!

Lauren

Brown Transferware Wall Display

There is just something about transferware, so simple, elegant and beautiful. I could seriously spend hours looking at all of the pretty transferware photos that can be found on Pinterest. You can find transferware in many colors, but the one I am always the most drawn to is brown. So, when I decided that I wanted to start collecting it and to create a wall display in our dining room, that’s the color I chose.

It all started with a plate that I purchased during a trip to Charleston.The next one at an Antique festival almost a year later. At this rate I realized it could take years until I had a full collection to hang on the wall and I am not the most patient person when I get a decorating idea in my head. Luckily, I was able to find several plates in my price range on Ebay and Etsy, but the greatest find was Nancy’s Daily Dish. Oh my goodness, she has the most amazing selection! Transfereware can be quite expensive, so I was very happy to find so many wonderful pieces at very good prices, most ranging between $10 – $25.

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When I first started thinking about creating a wall display with the dishes in the dining room, my first instinct was to have them match on each side. However, as I started my search there were just so many lovely options to choose from , so I decided to have them mismatched. I usually have a hard time with this because I love symmetry when it comes to design, but here I think it works.

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The pastoral scenes are my favorite!

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I’m also loving how the cheetah lampshades look with the brown transferware.

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Here’s the view from the kitchen.

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The before, very plain and definitely needed something.

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Now for the after.  The new look really added so much charm to our dining room.

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If you enjoy collecting transferware too, I would love for you to share your favorite color and how to like to display it?

Wishing you a warm weekend full of sunshine…and no more snow for a while!

Lauren