In the two plus years we've owned our house, we've hosted a mother's day brunch, family dinners, birthday parties, Easter, Thanksgivings and Christmases and plenty of game nights. So this dining room has gotten plenty of action! It was one of the first rooms we painted (Pearl Gray from Sherwin Williams' historic collection) and after a couple years of collecting and rearranging, I really love the way it's come together!
If you read my recent living room progress post, you know that I decorate my own home mostly with thrifted, antique and second-hand finds. In this room, the only things that were purchased new were the molded plastic chairs, the curtains, faux sheepskin and the black lamp on the piano. The midcentury walnut table belonged to my great-aunt Bea and we got the antique upright grand piano for free from a local church that was undergoing renovations. The little blue chair, I picked up off the street in Bloomfield back when we lived in Pittsburgh and the rest of the art and decor were local thrift store finds.
My little collection features a plate of the historic landmarks in downtown York, funny Pennsylvania Dutch sayings (I grew up on a dairy farm with plenty of Amish neighbors) and a commemorative plate I found of the church we were married in. I picked these all up at local thrift shops and antique stores. Collections like this are my favorite because they are inexpensive, pretty & meaningful.
So if you made it to the end of this post, I have a little secret for you. These photos were taken over the summer and the dining room already doesn't look like this anymore! With the growth my business has had in the last year, we've decided to swap my office with the larger dining room. I'm sad to see this room dismantled, but I'm excited to put together our new, cozier dining room across the hallway. And I'm very excited to have a larger office with more space to work and store client order, with a door I can close at the end of the day! We're working on uncovering and refinishing the hardwood floors in the new office and then we'll be able to get both rooms back in working order -hopefully by Christmas!