Hi and Welcome to the first post for my NEW category: Shop Our Home!! It’s a new section that I’m adding to the blog where I will post links to items for purchase – from each room of our home. I know that lots of you have asked where I have bought some of our goodies, so I have created this section to help you out. Now you will be able to find out where to buy specific items (if you are interested in purchasing them) right on the home page without having to search through the entire website. WOOHOO!! ***Just a note*** I have provided links to items that will help you get the same look of the room/same style. So, who’s ready for my first post in Shop Our Home: Dining Room?
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Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends!! Christmas is always such a magical season each year and I hang on to all of the memories as long as I can….and then it’s back to work – LOL!! So, here we go!! My House Paint Colors: House of Blues.
To continue along with this magical theme, I decided it was time to do a post about entire house paint colors. I have been wanting to do a post on the colors we used downstairs in our rebuild (FOR.EV.ER), but time has just breezed by this fall. There is something truly magical about the way paint color transforms a room, and I wanted to share the names and paint colors we chose for each room. I hope you find tons of inspiration to begin your 2019 off with a bang!!
***I’ll do a post on How to Choose Paint Colors in the next post. This post will just contain pictures and names of our house paint colors.***
***All Trim/Cabinets/Vanities – OIL BASED Semigloss***
KITCHEN CABINETS/TRIM – Snowbound (SW 7004)
MASTER BATH VANITIES – Naval (SW 6244)
My House Paint Colors
So you can tell from the colorsnap tool, that our house paint colors have a blue/gray base to them, with hints of a green undertone. I personally tend to lean green (because I am a nature lover) – so my paint colors reflect that in their base color. I also choose paint colors with a blue-base rather than a yellow-base. Those are the colors I wear in clothing, and therefore the ones I like to work with.
If I had to pick a decor “style” for our house from my color palette, I would describe it as coastal farmhouse chic…..kinda – LOL!! What do you think? What is your style? Let’s get to some colors!!
Well, it looks like Christmas decorating is starting a little earlier than usual these days….. for everyone!! With Thanksgiving falling earlier in November this year, and all of the dept. stores pulling out Christmas decor in like JULY, more and more of us are moving to that same trend. And I gotta admit- I ain’t hating it!! LOL!! Not to dismiss Thanksgiving or anything fall related, Christmas is a magical season that brings people together! And where does that take place (- in the bellies )….- well really in the dining room- where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!! AMEN!! So, here is my Christmas Dining Room: Navy + Red.
CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM: NAVY + RED
So, I set up my Christmas dining room with a couple of quick swaps from my Fall Dining Room. Click here to see Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps. It is a very informative post that helps you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gives you the tools to transition from one holiday to the next with little effort. WOOHOO!! And that means more time to spend with your family and do some Christmas shopping. Click here to see my dining room before we flooded Blue Christmas Dining Room.
***TIP*** Make a wreath to form an “O” from a pom pom pick or floral (greenery) pick by bending the wire. You could always use a candle ring too….like the red ones on my 3 candle sticks. 😉
Remember to use what you have on hand to help save extra money. I found my red napkin rings in one of my buffet drawers – that I had from 10 yrs ago. Just never know when you may need something small to add a big punch of color. It’s your Christmas Dining Room, so use YOUR goodies!!
Adding Christmas words like joy, merry, hope, peace, and noel help add a touch of whimsy to a formal decor palette. Use them on walls, pillows, signs, or even on dishes.
Don’t forget to add a couple of sparkly ornaments to your chandelier. Use different sizes and shapes to add interest, and also hang them at different lengths. Just remember to use light-weight and shatter proof ornaments. I think I dropped all but one when trying to figure out where to hang mine – HA!!
Add some colored glasses to bring in a little holiday cheer. I used my red glasses that my dear friend gave me over 5 years ago. Not only to they add some fun to the table, I think of her every time I glance over at my table – LOVE THIS!!
Make sure to add a couple of candles in your Christmas Dining Room for a little ambience. Use white, red, gold, or silver – for some lower lighting.
And don’t forget to light them – LOL!!
Now, sit back and relax……well for about 30 minutes until one of your kiddos or husband needs something!! And then- use one of those “red martini – or wine glasses” – AND FILL IT!!
Hope you love my Christmas Dining Room & your’s too!!
So, you have spent like HOURS decorating and setting up you dining room fall table, and it is stunning!! You pat yourself on the back, and pop open the bubbly. Then you’re doorbells rings, and you are ready to.drop.the.mike!! The moment is here!! Your best friend strolls in….and…. walks….right….by….. (like she always does) without even a glance over to your fall table. WHAT??!! How did that happen? You worked soooo hard. I mean….she didn’t even glance! cry-cry, sniff-sniff!! That’s where Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps comes in to rescue you!!
I know that you would LOVE your family and friends to ooooh and awe over your gorgeous fall table decoration this year and actually STOP (even better if their draw dropped) to admire your work. We all want a gorgeous fall table centerpiece to grace our dining room and make an entrance to our home. But let’s be real here……. we just don’t have the time to get it done right. So, today I am going to show you how to set a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps. ***As a bonus*** I will also show you how to change out the “decor” so you can replace certain pieces with serving dishes – WOOHOO!! So not only can you have a beautiful table set up right now, all you’ll have to do is wave your magic wand & POOF you will be ready to host a dinner!! Let’s get this party started 😉 …. shall we??!!
If you want to explore informal and formal place settings at a greater length click here. This is a great website! It has everything you need to know about flatware, serveware, glassware, etiquette, manners and more. You can always pin it and go back to review it a later time.
Since we are hitting the decorating portion of table setting today, I just wanted you to have something to refer to….. when it is time to set up for your actual holiday dinner!!
SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS
SUPPLIES FOR 6-8 GUESTS: CORE, ACCENT, TEXTURE
1) CORE SUPPLIES
6-8 gold chargers
6-8 dinner plates (mix & match)
6-8 bowls (mix & match)
buffalo check runner (not pictured – see below)
6-8 placemats (not pictured – see below)
***TIP***I used a blue and white theme, but use whatever colors you want (just keep the core supplies in TWO colors).
2) ACCENT SUPPLIES
2 glass hurricanes
2 white pillar candles
2 glass jar candles
2 bling votive candle holders
2 candle votives
2 milk glass flower holders
2 white flowers
3 white sized pumpkins
***TIP***Use whatever accent color you like (just keep the accent supplies all in ONE color palette).
3) TEXTURE SUPPLIES
large textured orange pumpkin
2 natural beaded garland strands
assorted acorns in orange & gold
***TIP*** These are all in the WARM color palette – orange, brown, natural, and gold tones. This keeps the blue and white from looking too cold and stark.
…….and the show stopper. The one final addition that MAKES the entire table come to life!! It is THE final accessory must-have.
CHEAT SHEETS – FOR QUICK REFERENCE
STEP 1: runner + placemats
Put your table runner in the center of the table (longways) and place your 6-8 placemats down. My table setting has 6, just because I don’t have my leaves in. For a table setting of 8, everything will work the same. Simply add 2 extra placemats to the sides so that you will have 3 and 3 on each side.
***NOTE*** I only 4 placemats on my setting so that more of my buffalo check runner would stand out. It is just my personal preference. When using the setting for function, I would add my other 2 placemats at the ends.
STEP 2: chargers
Add your 6-8 gold chargers. ***NOTE*** The gold picks up the WARM tones in my TEXTURE supplies. This will make a big difference to your overall color palette. So whatever colors you choose, just make sure your chargers and texture go together.
STEP 3: dishes
Now you can add your 6-8 dishes/plates. ***NOTE***I used 4 salad plates (on sides), and 2 dinner plates (on ends)…..just for the decorating purposes only!! I always like a little CHAOS to my method – lol!! and the smaller salad plates allow for more of the gold charger to show. If you are using the setting for function, you would use all dinner plates.
STEP 4: napkins + side bowls
Add your 6-8 napkins and lie on all of your plates at a diagnol. Then place 4 (or 6) bowls to the side settings. The bowls on the end settings will be different. ***NOTE***As noted in the article I linked above, the napkin on the plate is an option for a formal place setting. You can also add the napkin to the side of the plate if you want. I like the diagnol position on top of the plate because it adds movement to an otherwise “clean lines” table setting.
STEP 5: cake plate + end bowls
Next add in your cake plate to the center (or just left of the center) and your 2 end bowls.
***NOTE*** I have the cake plate in the center here on the picture to the right so you can see it easier. I like things a LITTLE funky, so I moved it to the left so that the flowers could stand out more (see step 8). I also mixed the bowls up so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.
***TIP*** When mixing a lot of different patterns, keep the colors the same using different sizes/scales. I have used blue and white: buffalo check (runner), polka dot (side bowls), large medallions (placemats), small geometrics (napkins), and stripes (end bowls).
STEP 6: add ALL accent supplies
So, now you will add ALL of your accents onto the table runner. Each one will be placed at a diagnol like the picture beolw shows. You will see that I placed 2 white pumpkins into the 2 end bowls, and one pumpkin under some extra napkins (in front, left of the cake stand).
***NOTE*** This design is for those of you who like a little DRAMA!!! If you like a more simplistic look, you can skip steps 6-8)
STEP 7: add texture
Place your larger pumpkin onto you cake plate and weave your beads in between your white accent supplies. Once you like the placement of the beads (sometimes you have to play with this part just a little), you can sprinkle in your other textured supplies.
***NOTE*** Use the other textured supplies to FILL IN the holes in your decor. I always like to throw in the pine cones, acorns, and extra pumpkins so that they look random. They look more natural if lying sideways or clustered like they “fell” onto your runner.
STEP 8: vase +flowers
GO FROM FABULOUS
Simply replace decorations with serving dishes and your are ready to host your dinner party.
WOOHOO!! BRING OUT THE WINE + WINE GLASSES!!
HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!! LOVE & FALL HUGS 🙂 jael
So…..are you a high drama or clean lines kind of girl?? Which one of the supplies is your fav….. and why?? Shoot me your feedback in the comments section below!! Mine is the large textured pumpkin!!
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All I can say is…..wow! Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful. I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad. Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably. It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.
It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in. BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!! We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family. And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!! If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).
So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house. Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on. I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking. NOTE: things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures. Hopefully soon I can do some updates. As for now – here they are!! woohoo!!
Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think. And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes. It means the world to them 🙂
REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY:
FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER
I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room. I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think?? My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.
Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas. I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen. Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off. Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.
Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!! He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall. It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.
I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet). You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!! Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon. I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same. Just a FYI 😉
I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also. This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.
HOME. SWEET. HOME
SO….. Whatcha think?? I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked. I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!