Dining Room Wall Decor

I like a lot of white in my rooms. It helps me feel relaxed. It also allows me to add in any color accessory on a whim or change them with the seasons which is my favorite. I remember walking through a home store with my sister before we had homes of our own and agreeing with each other that we wanted neutral rooms in our future houses so we could go all out with seasonal decorating.

My husband gets bored with white. He needs more excitement in his spaces. All white everywhere can feel sterile and unwelcoming, even cold. I may like white but I don’t like cold rooms.

We finished the construction phase of our dining room over a month ago now and about a week ago my husband looked at me and said he needs stuff on the walls. We rummaged through what we already owned and hung some framed art we had but it needed more so I bought a few pieces to finish it off.

You saw some of our wall hangings in my Christmas decor post. Today I’m showing you the rest and including sources.

I love the polka dot print on these Polish pottery quiche dishes! The framed art is old from a few years ago and originally hung in our old house. It actually isn’t officially wall art at all – it’s wrapping paper.

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The Old World map is one of my all-time favorites that we own. I just love looking at it and so do my husband and our 4 year old and 3 year old. We are map people :-). The photo mat that came with the frame was originally white like the other two frames. Sean spray painted it blue one day.

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The vintage colander adds a warming touch of copper. I’ve been wanting one of these colanders for awhile and was excited when I found one in great condition.

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Polish pottery quiche dishes

Copper colander – Ebay

White frames and mats

Old World map – similar

Flower print gift wrap

 

Simple Christmas Decorating

While I love Christmas, I don’t do a lot of Christmas specific decorating. I find I don’t enjoy lugging a lot of cartons of decorations around or unpacking and then packing it all back up. So in the interest of preserving my love of Christmas, I keep my decorating very simple.

Without a large collection to draw from, I try to get creative with what I have. We collect pine cones on our walks through the woods each year all season long so by mid winter we have a fun collection to display. I display my pretty cookie cutters in a bowl, set out all my candles, and lay out the cozy throw blankets. A few pops of red and green finish off a Christmasy feel. It is just enough to get me excited about the holiday.

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Baking is a big part of the season for a lot of us and I like to fill some mason jars with premixed dry cookie ingredients. I tie a tag around the neck with some baker’s twine and they function as practical, temporary (I don’t have to wrap and pack them away when the season is over!) decor and when I’m ready to get started on cookie baking, some of the work is already finished. It’s a win, win, win in my book. I also keep homemade hot cocoa mix and granola on hand all winter long, as well as a big bowl of oranges for some cheery color on gray days.

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Slowly setting these things out around my house the weeks before Christmas is my way of preparing my heart and my home for the greatest gift of all. I savor the process of preparing for Christmas in small ways that allow me to fully enjoy the whole Christmas season.

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Tree collar: similar ; also pretty

Star tree topper

Cookie cutters: similar

Nativity

Striped taper candle: similar

Stockings

Sherpa throw

Gather pillow

Gray check pillow

Flocked tree

 

 

Round up: Curtains

I love a beautifully trimmed out window. Chunky white painted wood all the way around with a decorative sill just makes a window handsome, but sometimes soft and pretty or whimsical and fun is what a room needs and curtains tend to do that better than just a nicely trimmed window. Admittedly, I haven’t experimented with curtains much. When I used them in our old house they were white and only on 2 windows, but my current dining room curtains nearly made me swoon when I climbed off the ladder and looked at them. They made the room a place I love to be. I’m inspired to keep trying curtains around here and I’ve bought a few more and hanging them is on my list of goals for 2017.

Here is a quick gathering of curtains I’m either using in my home or considering buying.

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The jute stripe are sitting in our bedroom waiting for hardware. They look nicer in person than I thought they might. The jute is woven into the fabric a bit rather than just resting on top which is what I was unsure of when ordering them. I’m excited to see how they look hung up.

The blue patterned ones are our dining room curtains. Enough said. ❤

The white tab-top curtains are sitting in our sunroom with the rod and hardware next to them but our Christmas tree is set up in front of the windows so they have to wait to go up until it comes down.

 The second row patterned ones and the gray ones in the last picture are some I am considering for the other bedrooms although I may go in a different direction for the kids’ room. Light blue velvet has been on my mind when I’m in their room and these Blue Smoke  ones may be just right.

The navy ones are in the running to be our living room curtains.

While I don’t think every window needs curtains and many of mine will show off their wood trim unabashedly, a few well placed ones can sure dress up a room. They fill in empty visual space with cozy warmth and softness.

Home Goals

Every year I write down a few goals I have of things I want to accomplish in the coming year around my home. I used to have so many ideas and thoughts about what I wanted to do around the inside AND outside of my home that a lot of times I didn’t know what to do. What should I start with? What should I do now and what should I do later? Those were questions I had a hard time answering, so a number of years ago I began plotting and writing out some goals around this time of year. Some of my goals are more work-like, such as decluttering and organizing a specific room. Some of my goals are more dreamy while others are project oriented. I thought today I would share how I set up my home goals for the year and how I’m doing it just a little bit differently this year.

In my old house I would categorize the things I wanted to accomplish by room but all my rooms there were put together and not under construction or covered in wallpaper. This house requires a different approach. I am prioritizing more this year because we still have spaces that are original to the house, most likely that is in a literal sense – ha! – but I also feel this will be a year of getting a lot done.

The beginning of June will mark a year since we moved in and I thought it would be fun for me to use that date as a proverbial deadline for refreshing the entire house. To have redone every room within a year of buying a house would be such a great feeling so this year I have a mini plan within my year-long plan.

I like to write out goals because it keeps me focused. It helps me turn aside from the distractions of sales or pretty pictures I love. When I hold my list of goals up next to a potential distraction I see exactly what I need to be focusing on. I get more accomplished when I know ahead of time what I’m trying to accomplish. Most years I get to add things to the bottom because I end up getting everything checked off before the year is over. That’s how motivating and focusing writing them down can be! If you’ve never done this for your home before, sit down and try it! Brainstorm, edit, change, and get a final version to tack to your wall by the end of the year..and then you get to start checking them off!

Vestibule Entry

Our little entry area was far from pretty when we moved in here. Old brown carpet on the floor and walls that looked as if somebody tripped while carrying an open bottle of dijon mustard. I have nothing against dijon mustard and if that color on the walls makes you happy, enjoy! But it wasn’t the look I wanted to be greeted by every time I came home.

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This is the exterior door and you can see the interior door and jam…and remnants of the carpet still stuck to the nails at the bottom of the door. 

As with everything we have done so far, we kept it simple with paint and accessories and now we have an entry that feels welcoming and ready for a family of 5 to pass through day after day. My plan started with my vision of what an entry space is for.

My ideal entry has 4 elements:

Hooks for hanging.

A place for shoes.

A seat to put shoes on and take them off.

A surface to welcome me by offering to hold all my stuff.

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That is a lot to ask of this small space and in the end, I am not able to fit a place to sit but everything else makes for a functional and welcoming space. The shoe tray sits below a shelf for a quick drop-off and pickup area while heading in or out. And there is a mirror for a quick self check. Us mamas of small children can end up walking out of the house in a fright and not even know it. I’m talking any number of bodily fluids including a bleeding lip from when the baby head-butted you while having a tantrum in your arms, spit up in your hair, marker streaked across your face. I’m sure there are more but those are the ones I’ve experienced – er, the ones I can think of at a moment’s notice ;-).

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There is a place to keep our umbrellas, hooks to hang our scarves and coats, a branch I found while on a walk and thought was pretty, as well as a wall sign I feel fit our family so I brought it home.

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If you read my entry inspiration post, you might remember the graphic tile in some of the photos. I really like that look, but we won’t be tiling this space, so this rug is an addition I have in mind for this room. I get the look without permanence or work! 🙂

Have you ever thought about what elements are in your ideal entry?  It’s a good thought to linger on with winter coming and all the cozy layers and accessories coming out of storage. 

Sources:

Wall paint color: Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand

Flower bucket: Save-On-Crafts.com

Text Art: Homegoods

Wrought iron and wood shelf: Hobby Lobby

Hooks: DIY (pallet wood and robe hooks from Home Depot)

Starburst Mirror: TJ Maxx

Yellow candle: Target

Succulent: Target

Books: Hobby Lobby

Faux flowers: greenery from Hobby Lobby. Orchids were in my hair on our wedding day and I tied them to a twisted vine branch from one of our old backyards.