My Favorite Room.....Hymns and Verses


I'm so excited to be here today at Savvy Southern Style to share my favorite room!  This series has been one of my favorite stops each week for quite some time, so when Kim asked me to share MY favorite room - I was thrilled!   
We've lived in our home for 15 years and my favorite room - the dining room - has been through many changes over those years.   When we first moved in country decor was all the rage - picture hunter green and red apples (it's like looking back at a bad perm from the 80's!)  From there the dining room was a pale yellow - which really wasn't bad.  But, I was ready for a change and wanted to lighten and brighten up the space.  
I'm all about saving money and the ceiling light fixture  that hangs above the table is one of my favorite finds from the Pottery Barn Outlet.  It was $45 and I'm pretty sure it retailed for over $200.  When lit at night, it casts an amazing pattern on the ceiling.  
The dining room table and chairs were a yard sale find - they were also a steal at just $45!  Both the table and the chairs were in really bad shape, but they got an amazing makeover with some chalk paint and new seat covers for the chairs.   The legs on the trestle table had me at hello!  
Over the holidays, the chair seats were covered in a beautiful red and white buffalo check fabric - a tablecloth I found in the clearance section at Home Goods.
I have searched for a while to find something neutral that I loved to replace the red buffalo check seat covers and finally found it in this typography print fabric with botanical references.  It's called Papiro Letras and the color is parchment.
I used a stencil that I won from a blog giveaway to stencil a focal wall in the dining room.  The background color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray and the damask stencil color is BM Revere Pewter.  Since we have a combined kitchen/dining area, I like that this stenciled wall helps set the dining room apart from the kitchen.
This buffet is my latest DIY project.  It was a dresser that I picked up for $25 and I added the back architectural piece.   
A good cleaning, sanding, chalk paint, and new mercury glass pulls were all this old dresser needed to give it new life as a buffet.

The corner cabinet has been in my family for around 100 years.  My earliest memory of this corner cabinet was in my grandmother's kitchen and it was painted white with black trim.  When the cabinet was passed on to my mother, she had the paint removed down to the original pine.   For the longest time, I didn't think I should paint it.  But, then I thought - if my grandmother liked it painted, why shouldn't I have the look I wanted too!  Again, I used chalk paint and clear wax.  I did leave the shelves the natural wood.

This next project is one of my favorites.  It's an old door that I turned into a family message center.  A place for hats, scarves, key lanyards, and mail. 
Of course, it's also fun to decorate too!
I'm still looking for the perfect rug for under my dining room table, but other than that, I think this room is done - if there is such a thing!  Thanks again, Kim, for having me over to share my dining room with your readers!   Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you, Doreen for sharing your fun dining room with us.
If y'all haven't visited Hymns and Verses  I hope you will take the time to say hello to Doreen and tour more of her pretty home and find out the story behind the dresser.

I hope y'all enjoy a super weekend!

Visit all past favorite rooms here.


  1. Such a pretty room! Thanks for sharing. Cecilia

  2. I love Doreen's blog and beautiful home...great feature Kim!!

  3. Doreen has such a great sense of style and a stunning home! I love everything about this room!

  4. That table would have had me at "hello" too!...Doreen created such a beautiful room with great finds and precious family heirlooms...I am sure her grandmother would totally approve with the beautiful way her cabinet is painted...and I must say I so love the "door/chalkboard center"...truly functional and fabulous!...Thanks Kim for another great Favorite Room today...have a great weekend Kim and Doreen.

  5. Doreen, that is a lovely dining room! I love the corner cabinet! Thanks for sharing. And thank you, Kim for this feature every Friday.

  6. The room is so beautiful! I just loved that it was put together without a lot of money spent and lots of creativity!

  7. I love painted furniture. Such a lovely room with really interesting details. I hope the word Spring makes it come faster :). Thanks for the tour.

  8. Doreen, what a gorgeous dining room! Your furniture makeovers are stunning. The buffet (dresser) inspired me for a project that has been sitting in my workshop for almost a year - finally I think I have a plan! I love your chalkboard door too. Love those adorable sheet music wrapped eggs too - great idea! Thanks for sharing your dining room with us and thank you Kim for sharing Doreen with us!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  9. What a beautiful room! I love the table, amazing legs! but the messenger center door and the the corner cabinet had me going back and forth, beautiful! I think Doreen's family is the perfect example on my take about painted furniture, whoever owns it has the right to transform it in the piece that makes him/her happy ;) Thanks for another great favorite room, Kim!

  10. I like everything about this room, but particularly the fabric that you chose for your seats. May I ask where you found it?

    1. Hi, Patty. I purchased it at our local Calico Corners Fabric Outlet here in Lancaster. You could check their online store. Thanks for asking!


  11. Absolutely Darling home! All the little details are perfect! Love it!

  12. What a terrific room! I love tha she is using fabulous finds and family pieces! I am coveting the corner cabinet! Thanks, Kim for another beautiful favorite room. Happy weekend to you both!!!!

  13. It's a beautiful room! I love the stenciled wall.

  14. Beautiful Room! So fresh and airy.

  15. Beautiful room. I am a door hoarder so I love that you made that door into the family message center. Too sweet. So pretty the whole room.

  16. What a TREAT ladies. Thank you for the gorgeous tour. It was a lovely way to wake up and welcome this Friday. I applaud you on that stenciled wall, it's truly gorgeous. I've got that stencil as well. I chalked in one section. lol. I bow to you!! Happy weekend girls ;)

  17. Thanks Kim for hosting this. Doreen your dining room is gorgeous. I absolutely love the stenciling you did on the walls. You did an amazing job, looks as if a professional did it. I too am a bargain hunter, when you find those great pieces you've just got to grab them!

  18. Doreen this room is so pretty, love the door turned message center. I have to say I was laughing in the beginning. I went through the hard core country phase too. It was all the rage and I was only 23 at the time so I followed along. As I got into my 30's, I said this is not my style. It is to cluttered and the colors aren't me. Out with that style right after I realized what my style was, LOL. I'm going to start following your blog. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  19. Doreen's dining room is so friendly, charming, and inviting!! I know I would just love enjoying a time around her table!! The wall she stenciled is beautiful, and I love the door/message center!
    Mary Alice

  20. I love Doreen's dining room! Using a hymnal for decorating/projects is a fantastic idea. I especially love the piece in the frame and may have to 'borrow' that idea! Great visitor :)

  21. Such a pretty room! I really like the stenciled wall she created. It looks just like wallpaper.

  22. I love her house and especially the dinning room :)Thanks for the fabulous tour!

  23. You have a great gift and talent! Bravo! and good luck! Stick to your guns!

    Your instincts are right!




  24. What a beautiful room! Love that buffet,and the color....gorgeous!

  25. I can see why the dining room is Doreen's favorite -- it is charming! I am really impressed by all of the furniture makeovers...and love that message center door!