Dining Room - Landscape View

MFH Home Tour: Dining Room

By Erin Huffstetler | 11/19/2015 | 4 Comments
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Another sunny day means another part of my home tour. Come check out my dining room.

Dining Room Looking into Living Room

If you took the tour of my living room last week, you probably already caught a glimpse of my dining room. That’s because it sits directly behind the living room. The two spaces are divided by those gorgeous columns.

Dining Room

And here’s the view as you enter the dining room.

Dining Room Table

It’s the largest room on the main level of our house, and it’s definitely the heart of our home. We don’t have an eat-in kitchen, so we eat all of our meals in here, and as you’ll see later, we also do quite a few projects in here. So really, this is a tour of our dining room/art studio/board room/sewing room. Like I said, A LOT goes on in here …

Dining Room - Long View

and it all centers around this table. It’s a whopping 10 feet long, which usually catches people by surprise when they enter our home for the first time. But it functions beautifully for us.

We saw it on display in a Pottery Barn store, and fell in love with it; then, spent the next three years saving up for it. I was worried they would discontinue it before we had enough saved, but it worked out for us. Phew!

Dining Room Bench

The kids’ side of the table has a bench, and the rest of the table has chairs. It’s big enough to seat 12, but we just use the bench and four chairs for our regular day-to-day use. We have extra matching chairs in the basement that we bring up when we have people over.

In fact, we have a large number of spare chairs in the basement. Our first shipment of chairs arrived damaged, and they told us to keep them. So, we have the “good” extra chairs that we ordered, plus the damaged chairs. They’re not perfect, but they come in handy when we need to seat a crowd.

I’m a big planner, so I like knowing that we have enough matching chairs for when our daughters grow up and start bringing their own families home to visit.

Sideboard

Our sideboard is also quite large. It’s actually an old grocery store counter. We spotted it in a thrift store in Manhattan, and had it shipped home. Finding a shipper on a Friday afternoon? Not easy. But it was definitely worth the hassle.

When it arrived, we were shocked to discover that it was the same length as the clerestory windows that are just above it. Crazy!

And another crazy thing about our sideboard: It came from the same thrift store as the marble end table in our living room. We found the two pieces on separate business trips, but they were both sitting in the same spot in the store. Weird.

Sideboard - Long View

As you can see, our sideboard is super l-o-n-g, and has a bunch of drawers.

Sideboard Drawer

We use cloth napkins exclusively, so the drawers are great for storing those, plus all of our other table linens and special occasion stuff.

Dish Collection

And I absolutely love the long shelf that runs along the bottom. It’s big enough to hold my large collection of dishes.

I have three patterns that I collect for special occasions …

McCoy Dishes

This McCoy pattern …

Brown Transferware

this brown transferware pattern …

Brown Floral Dishes

and this brown floral pattern. Yep, it’s fair to say I have a thing for brown.

I’ve pieced all of these sets together by shopping yard sales and estate sales. I like to pull out a different set every time we have guests.

Fruit Bowl

The top of the sideboard is perfect for setting up a buffet, but most of the time, it just holds our fruit bowl. Our current fruit bowl is an antique dough bowl that we found at a yard sale, and the “H” behind it was a happy church rummage sale find.

Art Supplies

As I mentioned earlier, we do a lot more than eating and entertaining in our dining room. This space also serves as an art studio for us, which is why you will find all manner of art supplies tucked underneath the sideboard.

Scrapbook Paper

And what’s that sitting beside it? Yep, that’s a scrapbook paper rack. You have one of those in your dining room too, right?

Iron Stone

My collection of ironstone is hung on our dining room walls. I love the way it contrasts with the wall color. Ironstone can be kind of pricey, but I’ve gotten almost all of my pieces for free. Every time I find a piece in a junk box at a yard sale or flea market, and ask about it, I’m told I can have it for free. Works for me.

Homemade Roman Shades

The Roman shades on these windows are the only window treatments that we have downstairs (aside from one shade on a south-facing office window). I didn’t want to block any of the gorgeous natural light that we get, so I didn’t. Fortunately, our deep front porch and many clerestory windows afford us enough privacy to make that possible.

But back to these Roman shades for a minute. We were young and broke when we bought our house (only the young part has changed), so I had major sticker shock when I priced shades. I read up on how to make them, and that’s just what we did. We scooped up a bolt of khaki cotton twill on clearance at Walmart, ordered the necessary hardware, and my husband and I made them together. That was probably close to 12 years ago, and we’re still happy with them today. I try to go with neutral colors and classic designs for things like furniture and window treatments, so it’s less likely that they’ll go out of style, or we’ll tire of them.

Monogrammed Coasters

When we bought our dining room table and chairs, we waited until we had enough cash to buy them, but we still put the purchase on a Pottery Barn card to earn the rewards. We paid the bill off as soon as it came, and collected several hundred dollars in rewards to spend. That’s where these monogrammed coasters came from, as well as several other things throughout our home.

And remember the mattress ticking arm chairs in our living room? I used some of the rewards points from that purchase to buy the monogrammed runner on our dining room table.

Pitcher Plant

This plant is a recent yard sale find. I was told it’s called a Pitcher Plant. The plant stand is also a yard sale find.

Lemon Tree

And this is our lemon tree, Lenny. He lives outside when the weather is nice, but overwinters indoors. He has one lemon on him at the moment, and it will be ripe soon. When you only get one lemon, you have to think long and hard about how to use it.

Clerestory Windows

And as much as I like natural light, we do have to rely on artificial light sometimes.

Chandelier

That’s where this beauty of a chandelier comes in. We outfitted it with LED bulbs, so it’s super energy-efficient.

Sherwin Williams Red Cent

And here’s the color that we used on the walls. It’s Red Cent by Sherwin Williams. This chip is reading more red/mauve-y on my screen than it should. It’s much more of a terracotta orange in real life. Go by what you see in my photos.

Well, that pretty much wraps up the tour of our dining room. I’ll give you a tour of our front porch on the next nice day.

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Comments

  1. I love how you manage to get all your dishes and some “extras” in your sideboard. Makes using the room for other purposes very easy.

    God bless.

  2. BEAUTIFUL DINING ROOM! love the colors, how open everything looks, and wow – how neat everything is!

    cant wait to see the rest of your house (if you show). I love the craftsman styles – they are so versatile.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ERIN!!!!

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