Dining Room

We are on our second day of ‘winter storm 2011’ and I am trying to catch up on some scanning.  We have also gotten the FastTrack system in the garage up, the Elfa drawers installed, and the living room television hung.  I will try to get pictures up of those finished products soon!

For now I thought I would share our most up-to-date dining room picture.  Over the holidays, I made a few changes that I never blogged about.  When we first moved in to our home, we discovered that the dining room was basically a square.  A table that expanded long-ways did not seem practical.  I searched Craigslist and found our dark wood table that expands from a rectangle to a large square.  Perfect fit!  It came with six chairs, and I had hoped to find two more so that when the table was expanded, we could fit 8 people around the table.  After years of trying to refinish chairs or find the perfect match, I made a compromise.

This was before the big furniture-basket-turnover:

This shows the setup after I placed the bookcases on either side of the window.  Six chairs are plenty when the table is a rectangle.

I found some clean-lined chair covers on deep discount at J.C. Penney.  I knew there were chairs very similar to ours, but not exactly like them in several stores.  The chair covers could hide the discrepancy.  I got two new chairs at Garden Ridge.  The biggest difference  was that they have half as many slats in the back of the chair.

I feel like the covers also help to lighten up the room since it is painted a dark brown and the table and bookcases are dark wood.  I like that the covers are short so that you still see the wooden legs.  I haven’t set the dishes back on the table like I always had in the past because I was constantly pushing them to the side to work at the table.  I am trying to decide if it looked too staged anyway.  I don’t want to be stuffy, but I do like having pretty things out that make me happy.  Surprise, I am feeling indecisive about something.

Published by Leslie

I think Habitual Rearranger fits me well because I am never settled on designs, colors, or placement of items in our home. I drive Bradley crazy sometimes, but I keep figuring out new and better ways of doing things! I am not striving to be profound or an expert on anything in this blog. It is simply a way to keep a record of all of my adventures - home and life - for me to reference and also for my loved ones to follow along. I am a born and raised Georgia girl. I don't think I would enjoy living anywhere except the south. Bradley and I spent six and a half years in our starter home and are now in our forever home, a 1970s traditional two story brick house. I love getting into all kinds of projects around our house, and I try to document all the dirty details here if for no one else than for me.

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