I thought this would be fun to participate in...a Tour of Homes hosted by Kelly's Korner (http://www.kellykornerblog.com/) !!! The dining room is the feature this week - take a look at my dining room and visit all the others too for fun!
The first pic is my dining room in full - we love the wainscoating on the bottom of the walls as well as the crown moulding...you just don't get these features in newer homes, our home is 20 years old and is full of architectural details that would cost a small fortune in a new house.
The red walls are actually painted grass cloth wallpaper...we wanted texture versus just a plain painted wall...the chandelier I love it was a steal at $20, a fixture being sold from a restaurant that was closing years ago, I never get tired of it and when I do, I'll just change the shades...another great find at the Ballard's outlet in Atlanta a few years ago. They are actually medal which is kind of neat! I love the silk chord cover too - I think everyone should invest in these, they are inexpensive but add a little bit of drama, they are like $7 at Hobby Lobby - cheap!
The two side chairs are from my parents - they are lovely, they are part of a set of 8 or 10 that they have in storage - they were in a house we had growing-up...the seats are actually old kilm rugs.
My window treatments are simple panels, that "puddle" on the floor. The fabric was a splurge (pre-baby days) from Brunswig & Fils. I ordered it for our first home in Atlanta. I love toile and loved (love) that this was a fresher, modern version (although I love ALL versions and have toile in every room in our home), I also loved (love) that it had palm trees on it...I think it is called "West Indies". Anyway, they worked well in this home after the move, I was ready to "retire" them just yet.
All and all we love the room and use it often, the windows offer a great view into the yard and in the Spring we get a wonderfully huge view of our enormous Lilac tree...it is so pretty over a meal in there. Eventually we hope to replace the carpet with hardwoods that are in the adjoining kitchen and breakfast area. Personally, I just don't think carpet belongs in a dining room...And on another note...I hope everyone takes time to sit and enjoy a meal in their dining rooms with friends and family...it is such a special gift to share with people...so break out your dishes and nice napkins, set a pretty table and enjoy eachother's company!