My Favorite Room....Lilacs and Longhorns


 Hi! I'm Julie from the blog, "Lilacs & Longhorns."  Thank you, Kim, for asking me to share my favorite room on your beautiful blog!  I have followed Kim and her gorgeous home and furniture transformations for a few years.  I love her style and her blog and I am SO excited to be here!

When Kim asked me to post about my favorite room in my home, my first thought was to write about my living room because it's a place where we spend a lot of time as a family.  I love how the decor is casual, comfy and reflects my family's personality.  But then I decided that a deadline was the perfect way to motivate me to finish my dining room re-do.  I'm so happy I did because it is definitely my new favorite room in our home!

My favorite part about about it is that it includes cherished family pieces while pulling together both my husband's and my styles -- which is a constant challenge at my house!  I'm so happy to be using some pieces that are meaningful to my husband while satisfying my love of checked fabric, dishes, and cottage/farmhouse style.

This room is one of the first that you see when entering our home so it's a place that I really wanted to set the tone for our house.

Like the rest of our house, it is filled with furniture that is old and new.  Most of our old pieces were inherited from my husband's paternal grandmother when she passed away before Mr. Longhorn and I got married.  So, when we said "I do," I not only gained a husband, but a lot of furniture that I would have to figure out how to "marry" with my style and his.  I have painted some things, left others as is and tried to tie it all together with fabric, Craig's list and antique store finds, as well as bargains I've found at my other favorite stores like Pottery Barn and Home Goods.

I have always been one to paint furniture, sew and make things myself when I can.  I hate paying full price and I love being able to say that I made something or refinished it myself!

The first piece I transformed for this space was my little blue china hutch.

I needed something with a slim profile so I could fit my large Craig's list table and chairs adequately in the space.  I had to drive about an hour to pick it up from the owner, but I knew it would be perfect in my space with a little elbow grease. I painted it with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old Violet and added some bun feet to give it some height, and I absolutely love it!

Another paint project was this grandfather clock that came from my husband's grandparents.

(Sorry for the poor picture's hard to take a picture in this corner with the light pouring in from the window next to it.)

I used ASCP in graphite with dark wax.  Now it fits the style of this space perfectly.

By far, the biggest and hardest transformation I did in this room was the dining chairs.

I absolutely wanted upholstered chairs because when we eat in this room we tend to linger.  When I found the table and chairs on Craig's list for a major steal, I knew I could recover the mint-condition, but outdated chairs in my own fabric.

Let me tell you, it's one thing to upholster a chair or two, but six is crazy!  To save my sanity (and my fingers) I slip-covered the remaining two.  I kind of like the solid with the checks and think it's not so overwhelming with pattern this way. I also have a thing for slip-covered furniture so adding slipcovers satisfied that desire.

Besides the chairs, one of my favorite features in this room is my wall of plates.

I have always loved the look of plates on a wall and knew I wanted some in my dining room.  My very favorite dining room is from the movie, "Something's Gotta Give" and I love all of her white plates on display.

My plates are a mix of old and new...they are from antique stores, Home Goods and Anthropologie.  I love the splash of color they add to the room!

I also love the pillows I made from this fabric I fell in love with when I saw it on another blog.  I originally thought of it for drapes, but seeing as how my husband hates drapes and I didn't want to cover up my beloved plantation shutters, I opted to make pillows instead.

I love how they look on the wing chairs that came from hubby's grandmother's house.  (They were re-covered professionally several years ago.)

These chairs flank an inherited sideboard.  This is my husband's favorite antique in our home, so I will never paint this piece.

So, there you have new favorite room!  I look forward to spending many family dinners and holidays with friends and family in this space for years to come!

Thank you, Kim, for having me as a guest on your blog!

Thank you, Julie for sharing your fun dining room. You know I have a weakness for buffalo checks and that is why I recovered my dining room chairs with it.

If y'all want to see more of Julie's please go over, look around and say hi.

Lilacs and Longhorns

You can see all the past favorite rooms here.

Have a super weekend!


  1. What a pretty room. At first glance it reminds me of your dining room the way the furniture is positioned.

  2. Thanks you ladies for that beautiful and calm room to wander through with my morning coffee. Julie, I can see why it is your favourite room :-)
    Happy Friday ...
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Thought I would pop in before I am off and running for the day. Great feature today, Kim. I am off to visit her blog. Thanks-hope you have a great day! xo Diana

  4. what a beautiful unique dining room you have.
    enjoy every moment you spend in it.

    thanks Kim for showing this room and for me a new blog to follow.


  5. I love Julie's dining room...I can see the similarity of your room and hers..both so very beautiful...Julie did a fantastic job of recovering her chairs!..and I think my favorite part of the room is the collection of her family antiques...they make the room so very special!...Another fabulous "Favorite Room" today Kim...and Julie, I will be hopping over soon for a visit!...Have a great weekend Kim...:)

  6. This dining is room just perfection! Love the mix of browns and blues, and of course I adore those pretty plates on the wall! Beautiful, Julie! This is one of my favorite features :)
    xo, Andrea

  7. That is a gorgeous dining room. What great taste Julie has. Going over to her blog now.

  8. I'm obsessed with this room and color scheme! Gorgeous!

  9. What a beautiful and relaxing room. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. What a gorgeous room! Old Violet is such a pretty color, especially paired with the neutral wall color.

  11. Gorgeous room! I love the checked fabric on those chairs!

  12. What a beautiful dining room. Her style is very similar to yours!

  13. What a beautiful room! I love the fabric choices! I love the fact she painted her grandfather clock!!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Kim!~~Ang

  14. Julies dining room is gorgeous! Love her blue cabinet...sigh <3

  15. Gorgeous room! I'm trying to figure out how to brighten my formal dining room and I love the neutral tones with splashes of color. The tone for your house that I would get is inviting, warm, and stylish without being pretentious. Heading over to your blog now!

  16. Very thoughtfully put together, love how you incorporated pieces that had a family sentiment and the checked fabric on the chairs makes the room, Love them. The little blue hutch is an extra pop of color that makes the room come alive. Great job and you have achieved a very warm and inviting space!

  17. Julie has a beautiful room and I love the mix of blues and neutrals as well as the mix of painted and stained pieces. Lovely! Thanks for sharing, Kim.

  18. What a wonderful dining room. It is a place I would love to linger in after a great meal.

  19. Her dining room is very pretty! I love her buffalo check dining room chairs and the solid colored ones on the end. A mix like that is so interesting. Love her painted clock too!

  20. Hi Kimmie! Oh, I love her beautiful dining room and love how she's used the olden pieces and made them new. I love Fridays and seeing all of the pretty rooms.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. Julie, When I first saw this room my reaction was, it sorta reminds me of Kim's! Now that's a big compliment!!!! I can't believe you reupholstered four chairs... with backs!!!! I'm in the process of reupholstering 8 without backs and it will take me years!!!! What a beautiful, warm and timeless room!!!!
    Kim, thank you for another post of decor inspiration!

  22. Beautiful color combinations. I adore the hutch. Fabulous job redoing the chairs also. I like that two are slipcovered too. xoxo,Susie

  23. I LOVE her dining room and I just had the same cow head hung today above my kitchen window.

  24. Kim...great post. I have been a fan of Julie's (and yours) for awhile now. You both are so creative and talented!!!

  25. Thank you to everyone for your sweet and flattering comments -- I'm humbled and honored that you all love my room as much as I do.

    Thank you, Kim, for asking me to be a part of your fabulous blog! It's kind of surreal seeing my dining room on Savvy Southern Style, :)


  26. The thing I lov best about this room is the SIZE!!! It is a BEAUTIFUL room, the chairs look GORGEOUS. I love the checked fabric and the fact that there are inherited pieces that they have made their own. Just wonderful. Thanks to both of you for sharing this. I will come over to your blog, Julie too. XO, Pinky

  27. This is such a pretty and inviting dining room! Definitely a place I'd like to linger with good food and good conversation.
    Mary Alice

  28. I too love the chairs, all of them from the table ones to the wing backs, they all look great together.

  29. I prefer roses and Razorbacks. . . but your room truly is beautiful and so welcoming.

  30. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    My favorite part of the whole room are the plates on the wall. You typically see a cluster of white plates, but I love how she used various colored and patterned plates. It's simply beautiful . . . and a great inspiration!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. What a beautiful room...LOVE those buffalo check chairs!!

  32. Love that dining room! I'll be heading over to her place to visit a little later on. Thanks for sharing her with us.