Thursday, August 25, 2016

DINING AREAS SWITCH UP... SHOP THE HOUSE!



I've been wanting to use a pair of mirrors in the dining room for a long time, and finally got around to putting some up in there this week.  Once I started working on the wall, the ball started rolling for other changes, too!

Nesting Place is probably the first home blog I started reading 8 years or so ago, and I think that's the first time I ever heard the term "shop the house."  Love it, because that's what I do all the time!  The idea is to look at things in various rooms and use them in a different way or place than how or where you originally intended.

So, I shopped the house and without purchasing one little thing, have a new look in both of our dining areas!  First, the dining room.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

I started by removing the bird prints and small mirrors that surrounded the china cabinet previously, and hung a pair of mirrors from my bedroom flanking the cabinet.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Since I'm thinking about Fall decorating, the blue and white pieces that have been in the Entry had to move, but I really liked them all grouped together.  With the bird prints down from above the china cabinet, I needed to add some height there, so I tried arranging the pieces there.  Normally I don't like to load up the tops of cabinets with "stuff," but I think in this case it continues the look that's inside the cabinet, and keeps everything looking cohesive while adding some height.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Lastly, I brought the chairs from the kitchen table to this table, and removed the spotted shades from the chandelier since these chair backs have spotted fabric.  Also, with the grouping on top of the cabinet, the shades on the chandy were too much.  That chandelier has been getting the stink eye too... I love the chunky crystals on it but have my eyes open for something brass and sparkly and vintage... 

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room


green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Side note: I tweaked the orchid arrangement that I showed you last month.  After living with it for a while, I realized it needed a few more orchid stems to be a little more full.  And, I didn't like the brown spanish moss, so I switched it out with some bright green reindeer moss.  I like the contrast in color and it looks much cleaner.  I've actually been meaning to add in a few curly willow branches too like I saw in some beautiful arrangements at Boxwoods when we were in Atlanta, but I forgot until just now!  Need to get on that...

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room, orchid arrangement

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Here's a before and after from my summer tour.  Completely different look just by moving some things around!  It's a cleaner look now, which I think is good as the holidays are approaching.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Now, since I robbed the kitchen table of it's chairs, I had to move some things around in there, too.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

The tufted chairs are a nice change in here, I think!  This is the table we sit at the most, and they're actually more comfortable than the spotted back chairs, so I think the family is happy with this little switch, too.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

I have 6 of the tufted chairs, but like the contrast of different chairs so I mixed in the Chippendale chairs at the ends of the table.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

There are no other changes in here except for the chairs, but I think that one thing changes out the look!

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

As you're preparing for Fall, how can you look at the items in your home in a new way?  Move some things around.  Shop the house!  You don't need to spend any money to get an entirely different look!



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26 comments:

  1. Love these changes. Looks fabulous in both rooms.

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  2. I agree with Marty! Love the new look in both rooms! And your orchid arrangement is great, Jennifer. You're giving me some ideas for change-ups of my own. I'm also giving the stink eye to a few areas, haha.

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  3. Blue and white pottery just makes me happy! Nicely done!

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  4. Love it! Where are your matching brass temple jars from?

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    1. Thanks! I purchased them earlier this summer from At Home stores. They were on clearance then, though, so if you have a local store it's a gamble if they still have them or not. :(

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  5. Love the changes, love all of your chairs! Everything looks great!😊

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  6. It's amazing how those changes really gave a new look to your dining areas. I love the upholstered chairs in your kitchen with that table, which coincidentally, I just showed someone on your blog the other day when we saw a similar table at a thrift shop! It needed some work but I immediately thought of your beauty and what the thrift shop table could be with a bit of elbow grease! Gorgeous.

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  7. Love the new look around the dining hutch. Seems to bring everything in and make it a bit more cozy. Love shopping the house! I'm inspired to move some things around now!

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  8. Where is you get the cow hide from? I'm always on the hunt for good hides.

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    1. Hi there, I purchased it from this site on Facebook. I've been really happy with it and the owner is very helpful and knowledgeable with any questions. https://www.facebook.com/DiscountCowhides/?fref=ts

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  9. It all looks fabulous! Love the blue and white on top of the green cabinet! Great job!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. I think it's a good storage option for Fall so I don't have to stash it all away! ;)

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  10. Love the changes! A lot of things in my own home are getting the stink eye lately too ;)

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  11. I really like the chair switch. It's nice!

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  12. I really like the more streamlined, less cluttered table, wall art, etc. I so envy your ability to use all the blue and white. My house is too small and really have no place to displace anything like that. Looks very professional.

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    1. display! sheesh!

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    2. I think displace or display works there! ;) ;) Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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  13. Where is your table from? Very beautiful.

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    1. Hi Katherine, both tables were second hand finds that were re-finished. Thank you so much!

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  14. Love this look, give me ideas for how to decorate my new Farmhouse Table with a colorful backdrop instead of on the table directly! Also would you mind sharing your wall color please.

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    1. Check the FAQ tab across the top for wall color. ;)

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  15. Awesome dining space makeover. You totally nailed it! Fabulous ideas and amazing level of creativity.

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  16. Love everything you do! We have similar styles. Where do you get all of your blue and white pottery?

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    1. Mostly at Ross, a few things at Home Goods or TJ Maxx, and a few are thrifted!

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