cff SMALL DINING ROOM CHANGES | Simple and Serene Living


Saturday, September 12, 2020

 My dining area is pretty small, but in keeping with my English cottage theme I have managed to decorate it so that it is cozy and inviting. 

Every once in a while I make a few small changes here and there when I am feeling a bit restless and in need of some decorating therapy. 

This is the most recent photo of my dining table.


That pretty chinoiserie bowl on the table has been sold on Etsy and will be sent off to its new owner today. That is what living with vintage and being a vintage dealer means. I often incorporate my finds into my home and then pass them on to be enjoyed by a new owner. 

Of course there are many things that I will not be parting with anytime soon. 

I love the look of that whisk broom and thought about buying some more to add to it, but when I was cleaning out drawers last week I found these two old paint brushes I had forgotten about. 

I added some jute to hang them and decided not only were they perfect, but I saved myself some money. 

A couple of weeks ago I added this large vintage cedar tray to the table. It was inside my cedar chest (it was original to the chest) where it was hidden away since I purchased it 40 years ago. It is much too pretty to not be seen.

I have loved having my pretty garden flowers there in an old enamel pitcher, but the flowers in the garden are now fading. 

On a side note, I didn't realize that old pitcher had a small leak and the water oxidized the metal in one of the candle holders leaving a terrible black ring on the tray. Yikes!! I started to panic, but a paste made from Barkeepers Friend got it right out. That stuff is amazing. 

I replaced the pitcher with this beautiful large pottery bowl I purchased about 15 years ago. It is one of the few decor pieces in my home that is actually not vintage, but I fell in love with it when I saw it.

This is the finished look.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'll be visiting family this afternoon. 

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  1. Love it. It is amazing how we can fit all our needs into our tiny living spaces. Love your drop leaf and chairs and the brushes hanging looks awesome. Have a great day today. xoxo

  2. I always love seeing snippets of your apartment. That big basket on top of where the plates are looks pretty old. The blue and white plates are gorgeous too. You have some wonderful vintage finds and collections. Also love the stacked vintage suitcases.

  3. It is wonderful to "shop your home" and redecorate without spending any money! Well done!

  4. I love using a tray to put things in and I'm glad you got the water mark off this one. I want to decorate a little this weekend but not get too crazy...keep it simple! Love the whisk broom!

  5. The paint brushes drew me in - loved seeing your dining area, love blue and white china too.

  6. Lovely and inspirational. I love when you share your decorating ideas in your home!

  7. Your little dining room is so pretty. I love the old suitcases stacked up on against the wall.


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