Friday Musings


This room was a must. 

I love to entertain and wanted the extra space to accommodate guests.  We have two more windsor chairs off to the side to be able to seat eight.  It would be amazing to have more room but I am so happy with what we have.


 What I really love about this room is the deep, rich colors of the wall. 

When we were first painting it I was getting a little scared that I had made a big mistake.  Have you ever painted dark paint over bright white walls??? It makes you very nervous.

It is now one of my favorite paint colors in the whole house.

I also love to mix old and new. 

Elegant with more primitive. 

The windsor chairs compliment the silk curtains.  


The vintage wooden bowl complements the china.


I love using French ticking linens and tarnished silver candlesticks.


I also think a wonderful way to add a lot to any room is to replace all the vents that come with the house and the white switch plate covers.

I bought mine from Restoration Hardware, but you can find them anywhere.


My birthday present from my extremely handy husband will be custom wainscoting around the whole room.  I can't wait to have the bright white contrast with the blue/gray walls. My birthday is only a few months away..I look forward to showing you the pictures when we are done.


I recently was talking with a friend that was disappointed that the home she would soon be moving into was not the home she wanted.  The home had been her husband's childhood home.  It had memories for him, but there was nothing that spoke to her.  As we were talking I just really encouraged her to make the home hers.  Make little changes that would reflect her taste too. 


(This is a close up of the painting hanging in the dinning room.  My husband surprised me with it a year ago.  It came from The Barn.  Seriously, that place is trouble)

Most of us will never live in our "dream" home, but I have never lived anywhere that I didn't make it my own and love it. 

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  1. Nancy

    You’ve done a fun mix. I agree….you just have to make things your own. Some homes bring the desire to a more heightened level than others. My sweet husband also put up wainscotting in our dining room and I love it. Making a house a home brings great happiness. I love being in my home everyday and love it with all my heart.

  2. traci

    that is a beautiful color on the walls. we painted a darker blue over new white wall when we were first married. i was working and my husband did it. when i got home he said “i hope this is what you wanted” in a not very happy voice. i think it killed him to paint over the white. that was about 4 colors ago. can’t wait to see what the waincotting does to the room. thanks for sharing. it’s a beautiful space.

  3. chas at the wild raspberry

    i love your white ironstone and your dough bowl–those are both things i collect!
    it is a wonderfully simple and clean room.
    love it.

  4. Tara

    Gorgeous dining room, gorgeous. I love the paint color on the walls too..very elegant and it looks cozy at the same time. It is all the little touches that make a house a home…and yours! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Jan

    I would follow you to the Barn forever. Love the look of that place.
    Everything is lovely. You can do great things. That painting is gorgeous.

  6. LuLu

    Me too! Every where we have lived I made it a home for us! the best advice I give everyone don’t wait for the dream home make every home the place for dreams.

  7. paige

    what an absolutely gorgeous space!!!
    i love the colors & juxtaposition you have created
    i love the primitive dough bowl with the wheat!
    i am drooling over your chandelier!!!!

  8. lissa

    I most certainly don’t live in my dream home. But we’re making it ours and I’m very comfortable here. I think that no matter where you live if you surround yourself with the things you love you can start to make it feel like your dream home!
    Lovely chandelier!

  9. Tricia

    Oh my, that chandelier is GORGEOUS! You have a great style and as for the color on the walls, Perfect. Have a great weekend!

  10. amy

    love your last line, jeanne! and you don’t have to have “the best” to make it truly beautiful, meaningful, and homey. i love that dinning room color, too!!

  11. Rachel

    Wow! That is a beautiful room. Until I started actually reading your post, I thought the photos were from a magazine. I love the painting.

  12. The Beautiful Life

    LOVE THIS!! I have what looks like the very same shade of charcoal-y grey in TWO rooms here — my daughter’s room and in our media room off my office in our “carriage house”.
    Like you, once its up on the walls, covering the entire area, I just love it. I have not yet grown tired of it and it looks especially great with vintage-y decor with wood tones and a touch of “industrial metals” added in. Your dining room is PERFECT! Pottery Barn should take their inspriation from it! 🙂

  13. jamie

    Beautiful Post! The Painting is just Gorgeous. Have a Wonderful Weekend, Jamie

  14. Ali at Betty & Violet

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog which in turn has meant that I have discovered your gorgeous blog!
    I love the colours you have used for decorating your home ~ very restful and your white ironstone is stunning ~ I love white & cream china!
    I look forward to seeing more!

  15. Jen R

    I love all of your fabulous little touches and the way you have such great color contrasts!!! Lovely! Very magazine worthy!!! Jen

  16. Brandie Pahl

    What a great post! You are absolutely right. A home is what you make it, whether it is tiny or big, your perfect vision or not. It is all in the details that you add that make it a reflection of you. I love decorating and can not wait to move and put my stamp on a new place. I will remeber to look for the possibilities and not just for “perfect”.

  17. jenjen

    What a wonderful room!!! I love the wall color. Beautiful!
    When I moved into my home 7 years ago, every single wall was white. It has taken a while, but now everything is painted. It feels so much more cozy and mine now.
    I love that chandelier! So pretty!

  18. Christine

    Laughing…as I am over here leaving a comment it just showed you left a comment on my page!…lol You sure have the decorating touch…everything looks beautiful!

  19. apriliniowa (heather)

    Wow. Your chandelier is soooo pretty and unique in it’s prettiness. And I love the Ruben(esque) painting as well. Very lovely room. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂

  20. beth

    i love it your dining room and the wall color is awesome – I know one of my favorite colors in my house is in my kitchen area and it is also a dark color –
    anyways , so glad you got one of the cuffs !! i know you will love it !! it will be mailing later today ! enjoy !!!!

  21. Lori

    your room is lovely…i like how you mix things…i do that too, not as well as you…but i like all sorts of different things…all they have in common is my fondness for them…

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