Friday, May 22, 2009

Show Us Where You Live Friday!

This Friday, Kelly is hosting Show Us Where You Live Friday Dining Rooms. I had such a wonderful time viewing all of the beautiful guest rooms last week, that I definitely wanted to participate again!

There are so many things I love about our dining room...probably because they involve refinishing, refurbishing, and good bargains!

Hope you enjoy the pictures:

Here is a view of the dining room from the living room. I made sure to stage Jake, our goldendoodle, into the picture....have you noticed how every magazine designer room always features a dog these days? The table was my grandparents. When it was given to us, the finish had seen much better days. I will always love our dining room table, because it was the first project Jason and I worked on together as newlyweds! The drapes are also a favorite of mine. They are Pier One drapes; however, I found them at Big Lots for $15 each (they were originally $45 per panel...I just love a great deal).

My very talented Momma crackled the desk above and I think it makes a cute console table.

This chandelier is my pride and joy...and the focal point of the dining room. Above are the before & after pictures. I purchased the chandelier and lampshades for $25 off of craigslist. With a little bit of paint, fabric, trim, and hot glue (and a lot of time and patience)...I think that it turned out to be quite charming. I would love to post pictures of each and every shade (I honestly do not have a favorite); however, that would make this post entirely too long!

I hope that you enjoyed a tour of our dining is definitely not perfect or even close to finished, but there are many aspects that I just love. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to better the space, I am all ears!


  1. what a charming room! i love the paint color! and jake is just adorable :)

  2. Your dog is SO cute! And I think your dining room is lovely, too! The shades are so unique and creative!

  3. Love it! and the chandelier is my kind of thing!

    Thanks for inviting me in :)

  4. What a great chandelier! I am going to keep my eye our for one at garage sales and make one to put in my daughters room.

  5. What's your address so I can send my chandelier over? VERY cute! and those drapes are just beautiful...

    You guys are a cute couple.

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. I love what you did to the chandelier. I think I might have to try that!

  7. I love your home! It always smells sooooo good and is so warm, cozy, and inviting! I actually have your favorite scent..and my favorite thanks to you....vanilla coconut in our home. Makes me think of you everytime I walk in my door...seriously! Miss you!!!

  8. Hi Lauren! What a fun idea- so cute! I hope you and baby (and baby daddy) are doing well! Mike may have a deposition in Seattle in July. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can make a trip - it would be fun to see you!

  9. Lauren - So glad to see you have a blog! Your dining room is beautiful! I love it! Congratulations on the baby boy... You will love it! Love the name, too! Hope you are doing well!