Thursday, February 9, 2017

Our Suburban Farmhouse Dining Room Thus Far

Yes, you are seeing things correctly. I am here with a new post y'all!:) Today I am sharing our dining room here at the new house.
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Before I do that, I thought that it would be nice to revisit our dining room at our old house. Of course just as I got it exactly the way I had always dreamed of we decided to sell. I guess that is how things go though!:) If you haven't seen our old dining room you can click here for the tour. 
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Here is the new dining room the day we closed. As you can see there is not really a true separation from the dining room and the foyer at this house. At the last house I had an archway into the dining room.
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The dining room sits off the kitchen. The archway you see takes you to the kitchen. That door is our pantry. If you were to look right you would see the laundry room.
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The dining room here at the new house is a tad smaller and thus I have one less wall to play around with and the one wall with the arch is shorter. I have grand plans for this space. It will be getting fresh paint. Actually the entire house will be getting all new paint. I tried to be different and picked out a Greige but as soon as it was going up on the walls I knew I was not going to like it. I LOVE other homes that  have Greige but since we do not get a lot of natural light due to having covered porches and lots of trees the house feels so dark during the day. That and most of the time the paint looks more beige than gray. Other than paint I will also be putting up some type of wainscoting. Still trying to decide on the design. Mr. Front Porch doesn't want me to do cross buck again but I'm not sure I can resist a version of it. 
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One quick and easy change was to take down the builder chandelier. 
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In it's place we now have the Pottery Barn Mia chandelier that use to hang in our master bath at the last house. I had converted it to a plug in since we could not have electrical ran for it without tearing out the ceiling. The buyer of our house wanted it but I said no way because I had plans for it here!:)
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As you can see instead of three tall skinny windows I now have two normal sized windows. I have to admit I miss my tall skinny windows. Right now I just have some lace panels  up. Trying to decide what direction to go with the curtains. I have the ones from the last house but I am thinking I need a third panel and I am not sure I can still order a matching one anymore or not. 
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I did not lay my Ballard Designs rug down in here that we had at the last house because I have a rug in the foyer. I think the old dining room rug will not play well with the new foyer rug. That and I kinda like looking at our hardwood floor.
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A lot of my decor is still in storage so I only have a few pieces to play around with which is fine. I am kinda on a less is more kick right now.
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My chalk board is hung. I am not sure of its fate just yet. I am thinking I want to do a wainscoting that comes higher up on the wall so that would mean no more chalk board. 
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Though it is not exactly homey feeling for me yet it is getting there. I share over on Instagram all the time if y'all ever want to see what I am up to in real time. One of the questions I have been asked is why we just didn't have the builder do all the things we wanted? Well we had a set price we didn't want to go over so we chose items like our wood flooring instead of upgrades like lighting. Plus their selection was not personalized enough for us. Also builders want crazy prices for upgrades of any kind! We also had a very short time span to make our selections which left no time to figure out wainscoting styles and what not. Then of course we hated paying someone to do things that we knew we could do ourselves and would not mind doing. We enjoy personalizing our home. 
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Be sure to stop back by for a visit. Next up I will be sharing our foyer!:)

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43 comments:

  1. The chandelier is gorgeous and it makes a great statement. I love seeing how you are adding personality to your new home.

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    1. Thank you Katie! It does make a great center point.

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  2. Love the farmhouse look! Do rustic weathered wood wainscoating ! I LIKE the chalkboard ! Nice job!

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    1. Thinking about it for portions of it! Thank you for visiting!

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  3. Love the floors, wall color and light fixture!!

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  4. You have done a spectacular job with your dining room, Pamela. I happen to love the curtains you have now, the way the light shines through them. I sometimes miss the days when we had curtains layered over sheers. Your cabinet is awesome and I like the shutters on each side. I'm very much like you with rugs...I have little collection, they're all good but I have to change them around to match my change of taste and style. They move all over the house.

    I think you are really creating the dream house you've wanted and I agree, the contractors have NO idea!

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you Jane! I love the lace panels as well. They came from Ikea and I used them at our last home as well. They will be staying. I will just need to figure out if I want ti put up some other panels or not. Will depend on how light the room looks once I paint it and put up the wainscoting.

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  5. I cannot tell you how much I love your posts! And, i have to admit, I was wondering why you didn't have the builders do more, and you went ahead and answered it for me. Have fun decorating.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Nancy!

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  6. So exciting having a home built. Sure looks fantastic. Smart not to pay builder. D/r looking very nice already.
    When we lived in MT we ordered a dble wide, didn't pay for fancy things but paid for structural upgrades which would benefit in winter which can be pretty darned chilly. Paid for better roof, insulation in floors, walls, better windows and extra windows in front corner bedroom, boy do I miss that house. That corner room was my studio, working in there looked out at acres of our land (had 20 acres) looked onto mountains and lake, on full moon nights was breathtaking, especially with snow and ice on lake. Our house wasn't really big but what a location, miss MT so much.
    Enjoy your new home.

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    1. Sounds like a wonderful place to live! Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

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  7. WOW! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the changes Pamela especially that Chandelier!!!!! You Dining room is beautiful!!!!!

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  8. Pamela,
    Good decision to keep that stunning chandelier! Seeing bloggers' new homes and decorations makes me want to remodel a few spaces. Enjoy your new home.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you Judith! Yes, that chandelier was a splurge that I saved up for at the last house so there was no way I was leaving it. Thank you for visiting!

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    1. Thank you Veronica! Appreciate you stopping by for a visit and commenting.

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  10. Pamela, everything is coming together. Getting a new home exactly like you want takes time and patience! Always enjoy your posts! Happy Thursday!

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    1. Yes, time and patience Pam! I wish I had more of it. It is hard going from a house where I was so close to having it all perfect to not starting over but starting over if that makes any sense. Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

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  11. Oh wow, so beautiful. i love how this room is coming together, and your style sense is right on. Love that chandy too.

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! It is fun watching each other bring our new homes to life.

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  12. Love the chandelier...looks great in the room!

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  13. Pamela, your dining room looks fantastic already. You'll make it your own soon and you'll be feeling all snuggly like you've been there for years.

    It sounds like you are in the same predicament we had at our last house. One side of the house would be flooded with light but the other side would be dark. Our paint color was about like yours and although others saw it as the perfect neutral - the darkness made me crazy! Paint will definitely change that.

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    1. Yes, everybody thinks I am crazy for wanting to paint but it is just too dark in here. Thank you for stopping by for a visit my friend!

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  14. It's so much fun to watch you make this house a home. You've worked miracles already. I completely agree that builders just don't have vision when it comes to doing anything other than "stock standard". LOVE what you're doing over there (and I'm seriously coveting that picture on top of your china cabinet). xoxo

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    1. Well if you lived here I would gladly make you a trade!:) I am sure I could find something of your to covet. LOL!

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  15. Looks fantastic Pamela...and I LOVE the Mia chandy in the dining!!!....A great addition of glam!..and yes, the National type builders want a great amount for an upgrade so you were smart to do the upgrades yourself and personalize your home!...looking forward to the foyer reveal!

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    1. Thank you Shirley! It took me a few days to get use to it in there but I love it now. Thank you for your kind words and always cheering me on.

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  16. Your wood floors and chandelier are gorgeous. I am so enjoying seeing your new home. I know that you must really love personalizing your new space. I hope that you are having a wonderful week!!!

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    1. Thank you Shannon! I love our floors as well!! It was one upgrade we didn't mind paying for.

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  17. Beautiful, Pamela, a super start and can't wait to see added touches. LOVE the chandy. Maybe I misread, wheree did you purchase it?

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! The candy came from Pottery Barn.

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  18. It is stunning. I so need you to come to my house, We are in the process of changing the flooring, trying to decide if we want the same throughout the house, I am leaning to tile in the Kitchen but don't want to change the tile in the foyer ( the tiler did a pattern layout) tile is now not available..love your floor any idea what it is color?

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    1. Thank you Ann. I am not sure what the flooring is called. I would have to look it up in all of our paper work. It was not our first choice but our first choice ended up being discontinued which was fine with me cause the one we have was the next level up ad i loved it more!;)

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  19. I admire you for doing the upgrades you want yourselves. I love it already. thanks

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mary and taking the time to stop by for a visit.

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  20. Very nice like your table and the wicker chair and the different chairs.
    Have a good week end
    Laura

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    1. Thank you Laura! I think about changing them up but I love um so much.

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  21. Pam,
    It looks really nice!! I am sure it is a daunting task to decide how to change up things and get it all looking the way you want in your new home. It took me 30 years to finally get my house looking the way I wanted it!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  22. I think it is coming along and looks lovely! what fun to have a new space to work with!
    I still love the chalkboard...maybe turn it so it can sit above a wainscoting??
    We haven't had a rug in the dining room for ages....because they get ruined with chairs going in and out and food etc....
    Looks lovely!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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