Home Tour: Dining Room

I was looking for something on my blog and ran into last year's home tour.  I was surprised at how much my house has changed since then, so I'm going to do a room by room home tour- starting with our dining room.

This is the view looking in from the living room.

This is the view looking in from the kitchen.

Here is the shelf we use as a mantle I posted about here.

This is our sideboard.  I store plates and dishtowels inside.

My collection of cake plates.

This little nook was so awkward, I wonder what the builders were thinking when they made it.  But I guess it worked out perfectly for some built in shelves for photos.

Notice our memory jar tucked in with the photos.

Some details: our blessings frame , a little cupboard from Homegoods and the most important message in the entire room

another view of our shelf, the centerpiece on the table, book page candlestick and covered lamp shade

an S from a friend, chalkboard doors with frames for my kids artwork, scale and wheat grass and a clock and bird 

I found this picture of what our light fixture used to look like when we first bought our house almost 8 years ago- a basic, boring brass thing.  (I especially like the burned out bulbs)  This was one of the first projects I tackled.  I painted it using a 2 step kit that rusted the metal.  I still love it and have no plans to change it.  

I can't believe the changes our dining room has over gone over the years.  Holy cow did I love the color red!!  It's so much brighter and fresher now!

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