This is the story of the metamorphosis that my dining room went through last year. When we built our home fourteen years ago I was using the jewel tones throughout my home. That was the "in" thing back then. I have always loved navy blue and so I decided that was going to be the color in the dining room. I even painted the ceiling navy because that was the "in" thing, too, to paint the walls and ceiling the same color. That was actually a new design thing instead of the normal ceiling white color. So I was brave and did the ceiling in navy. I did actually love this color for quite a few years. Even my husband did not want me to change it, but it was time. Here is how blue and dark it was. This was not our original furniture. I don't have pics of that. Just imagine dark shiny cherry table and hutch.
Even the rug has been changed. I did like the rug. It was a nice rug from Pottery Barn, but when it got warm from the sun shining in on it it would begin to smell. It sort of smelled like burnt rubber!! We finally sold the smelly rug and replaced it with a sisal rug from Overstock.com. Best prices on area rugs that I have found.
I went to the Benjamin Moore paint store and bought Stuart gold for the walls and York Harbor yellow for the ceiling. They look almost the same, but the ceiling color is a little creamier. Oh, and I see Bailey decided to be in this picture, too. That is usually where I can find her.
I bought this table and eight, yes I said eight chairs for less than $700.00.!!! I could not believe it. It was at a store in Jefferson, Ga. called REAL DEALS. This was a real deal!!
This table and ladderback chairs and the hutch go so much better with the Country French style that I love.
This is the first antique that my husband and I bought at a little junk shop in Suwannee many many years ago and it was quite the bargain at $130.00. It is solid oak and is from England. It even has an antique hanger in it. I have several blue and white pieces on top and a white Pottery Barn jug.
These next photos are of some artwork I have collected. I found these in different stores and I just loved the whimsical faces of these pieces. The artist is G. Rodo Boulanger. The first two are signed and numbered lithographs from a calender that the artist did. The other two prints were found in some local stores.
Sorry about the glare on this one it is across from the windows and then it picks up the chandy lights, too.
This is a close up of the hutch which is just filled with things I have collected
This buffet was part of my old dining set and we decided to keep it when we bought the table and chairs and hutch. The top of this folds open to give room for serving desserts or whatever.
This is one of the chairs beside the hutch. I recovered the cushion with this toile fabric that I love and it is the same as the drapery panels. Had to have monogrammed pillows, of course since this is the south. The pillows are from Ballard's. There is one of these on each side of the hutch.
This is our chandelier which originally came with crystal globes, but I removed them and replaced them with shades to have a more casual feel. This room really isn't formal. I would like to replace or paint this chandy sometime down the road.
This photo is the view from the kitchen. The plantation shutters were added last fall after Miss Bailey chewed up the bottom of our blinds when she was a puppy! I was sure glad to have an excuse to get the shutters though. I have always loved plantation shutters.
This is a close up of some trim I added with glue to Sure Fit slipcovers for my two parsons chairs I had. I had red covers with cream trim on these during the Christmas holidays.
Here is another full shot of the room. Nice and bright and sunny and we love it. My husband who did not want it changed loves it, too!!
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