Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Peek At The Dining Room -It's PURTY- I Promise

Some of you know that I purchased some 
WAVERLY FABRIC
for the dining room
last Fall before Thanksgiving
and BEFORE I got pneumonia.
You can see that post by clicking here.

So, I DID get the drapes made
and I DID get them hung.
I had enough left to make a
"runner" for the center of the table.
It's actually a big square that I placed in the center
because I also want to be able to use it as a topper
on my round dinette table.
Yeah- I'm dual purpose clever like that.

I will do a whole post about 
the whole room shortly.

Meanwhile,
Here is the edge of the curtain over the
dining room doors that lead to the side porch.
I guess I should have pulled the curtain back a bit 
off the picture of the 
FRENCH RABBITS.
That's what that picture was sold as
when I bought it about 15 years ago
 but I am pretty sure those are
HIMALAYAN RABBITS!
The little collection below all has meaning for me...
Clear glass from some of the kids- candles in crystal
from some other kids.
The cutting board was a gift from our good friends,
Jeff & Barb.
We visited their beautiful home in 
the Carolinas here.
He is a wood worker extraordinaire.
Also on that cutting board is a
 Green Bay soda bottle 
from my friend, Kris,
She left the price tag on so I would know how much she loves me.lol
Anyway,
I did set the table with some dishes
I have had for a while.
These suckers are HEAVY!!!
They are sitting on chargers that are monogrammed
that belonged to my hubby's grandmother Clara.
The dishes are Isabella by JCPenney
(believe it or not)
My daughter might, or might not be, trying to get them away from me
too bad for you, baby girl.
 And..here they are again-
those wonderful monogrammed napkins
that my oldest son gave me for Christmas.
Just so you know-
this is what that dining room wall looked like when we moved in.
I know- crappy picture.
Here is a brief after...

Side by side:
That is NOT all I have to show you but I do have a
few things to FINISH because I certainly don't want you  to 
SEE THIS!!!!
Yeah--THAT would be embarrassing to have you
SEE THAT!

Have a wonderful Thursday...
and remember YOU TOO can show the messes
real life creates.
your photo name

109 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Oooooo Diana, love the WAVERLY FABRIC! Everything looks just stunning! I love your dining room, it's just beautiful and yes, Purty!!! Nice seeing you, sweet friend. I've not been blogging lately, so I decided I needed a slice of happy from Nana Diana!
Hugs, Nancy

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Love the "French" rabbit picture np and the glass collection. The curtains look marvelous- love the coloring and pattern. Your dining room is beautiful- hard to believe it looked like it did before! The JCP dishes are so pretty! Lucky you to own the beautiful chargers from a family member! Lol on the ironing board that we didn't see :-)

Katie Clooney said...

Diana... your dining room looks positively gorgeous! I love your fabric and I have a soft spot bunny paintings. Let the entertaining begin!

Gina said...

I'm in love with your curtains, Diana! The whole room is absolutely gorgeous! Love the dishes too and I can see why your daughter is after them.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Diana,
I love, love your new drapery panels. The fabric looks so country French! Your dining room looks like a romantic magazine photo. I love it when you show your home, so show us more!!!
hugs,
Sissie

Susie said...

Diana, I love that fabric. Also the white dishes. I sure like the after picture better.LOL. Some times I feel as if all my rooms are before pictures. :):) Hope you have a warm up there soon. Bless your heart, xoxo,Susie

Beemie said...

Fabulous...every detail...even the high chair and ironing board (ha-ha). It is hard to believe that dark panel once defined that room. Love the change!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That's beautiful, Diana!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Such a pretty room ( after ) and you are, as always, a hoot.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Such a pretty room ( after ) and you are, as always, a hoot.

Bethany Carson said...

Ooooh wow! That is completely gorgeous--and what a change! It could easily be one of those beautiful pictures in a home and garden magazine! You do a lovely job decorating!

Lori said...

Wow, gorgeous transformation. Love the color of the walls and curtians.

Estelle's said...

This is simply beautiful Diana! What a marvelous transformation! I love it all! I have that same fabric in a soft sage..a pair of drapes I purchased when we moved to Maine. I have not yet hung them in our home in Texas..but it's on my to do list...in our feminine guest bedroom. They are stunning and you just did a great job!!!

Anonymous said...

its amazing , you worked your magic for sure!

Sylvia said...

Drooling over that dinning room tablescape! Love the fabric. Beautiful!

Pam Kessler said...

Your curtains are beautiful!!! I always love a good Waverly fabric!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

real life shots=truth in blogging -gigggles-

your ironing board can't beat my garbage can, though. -smug smile-

you gotta' try harder, Doll...

gentle hugs, Tessa~

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

the fabric! so beautiful. the make over! so fantastic.

you can become a decorator-for-hire, when you grow up. really!

did I say I love that fabric? yes, but I say it again!

gentle hugs, Tessa~

β„³artina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE that fabric Diana and I love that shot looking outside...your dining room is GORGEOUS!!! If I ever come to visit your rabbit painting might go missing...just sayin ;-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your dining room is more beautiful than any from the magazines we love. Your dishes are gorgeous and the fabric you chose has such soft soothing colors. I love the view out the doors, too. What a lovely place to gather your family. Sweet hugs, Diane

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG please tell me that is not true that I left the price tag on the bottle lol! I love the fabric you did the drapes in the dining room and the bunny picture is so gorgeous on that wall. I need to get up there before Martina with my big purse to put that bunny picture. I think they need a trip to Illinois!
Kris

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Your fabric is so pretty! I had our home done in blue a few years ago and loved it.....that color is kind of creeping back in to my decor now! I'd arm wrestle you for that bunny picture....lol!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Wowza, Diana! It's bee-yoo-tiful! Love those plate chargers!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love your fabric, the curtains are gorgeous! Beautiful table setting too, wow...such a transformation!
Blessings,
Cindy

chateau chic said...

Your dining room is beautiful, Diana! I love when the things we use and display have such special meaning. Love that waverly pattern on your draperies and table runner. Everything is so pretty!!
Mary Alice

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just beautiful Diana, love the light and the curtains...so very pretty!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

What a pretty fabric! Those side by side comparisons are amazing! I love that you have those monogrammed chargers and those dishes are beautiful! I can see why your daughter is trying to steal them. Lol!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Diana, this is a lovely room! The wall color and drapes looks wonderful together! You have turned a dark dreary space into a beautiful elegant dining room! Your tablescape is beautiful too- what a transformation!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh my gosh, Diana...such a lovely space! The fabric is lovely and the ceiling with the gorgeous chandelier...I love it all!

Salmagundi said...

Looking mighty pretty!!!! Sally

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Very pretty- the window alone made a ton of difference! Love your rabbit painting- that is beautiful! Have a great day!

Stephanie said...

Wow! Are you sure the before and after pictures are of the same room? What a beautiful transformation. The after looks like you live in a mansion. The before looks like.....well, maybe I shouldn't say what I thinkg in public :)

Your drapes are gorgeous - love the fabric! And I am so in love with your glass display! Thanks for inspiring me. Hugs!

Stephen Andrew said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love Waverly fabrics so much. I grew up in a colonial style house and my mom had everything in Waverly fabrics and it was just so lovely. They have so much depth and tone to them, they really are special. Your dining room is gorgeous and I'd imagine it looks so different in each season depending on the light. Crazy people really do make the best decorators :)

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

It is beautiful, Diana!
When are we invited? ;)
xo, T.
P.S. I have those rabbits, too.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, I love your sneak peak and can't wait to see it finished. I love the color of the drapes such pretty print. I can see all of the decorating you would do for each season. I especially see it at Christmas. Beautiful. Have a great day and stay warm. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri friend Shirley

Wild Oak Designs said...

Gorgeous Diana! Love the drapes...and the whole room.....
YOU are talented...
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Jan said...

Absolutely gorgeous-I love everything about it!

Down On The Farm said...

Wow!! What a difference. Your dining room is gorgeous!!! Wish I was there to enjoy a nice cup of tea with you today :0! Blessings my friend!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Diana your dining room is absolutely stunning. Beautiful fabric, lovely vignette, oh that Kris! Whatever country the bunnies are from I love them. I too have a oil painting of two bunnies in my dining room. Ya know what they say about great minds....
Philly is getting dumped with a big snow storm and lucky us tomorrow will be -2 but the following week in the 50's. Crazy! Really looking forward to your dining room post.
xoxo,
Vera

Nonnie said...

What a transformation! Everything is just beautiful! (well, maybe not that one crappy pic!) I remember the fabric and love it! You are so talented!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You should have a spread in a magazine! Your dining room is so beautiful, I love your new fabric. And I really would keep an eye on the gorgeous white dishes. I'd be tempted to take them home myself!

Claudia said...

Beautiful! Love, love the Waverly fabric and the rabbit print. You did a great job!

xo
Claudia

Donna said...

I love, love, love your Waverly floral fabric, Diana! You did a wonderful job on the curtains and your runner. Your dining room is gorgeous, I am drooling over that chandelier! I also love your French hares (lapins!), and your crystal decanters and the soda bottle. But what I really love is how you are keeping it REAL with the high chair and ironing board:) Of course the rest of us have magazine perfect homes 100% of the time, hahahaha! And your place settings are so pretty. I hope you saved a spot for me at your pretty table. Oh, I don't eat steak or sushi, but otherwise I am not a picky eater!

Laurie said...

Uh uh, I'm scared to show my messes. Lol!! Love that fabric and the Himalayan rabbits, the chandelier, the napkins, the dishes....... You did good Sista!

Linda said...

Beautiful, I love that fabric! I will bet that some of the younger people would wonder what the metal thing is that is leaning against the wall, by the high chair ;-) NOPE! I am not afraid to show the messes in my life on my blog...maybe I should be???

Maria Elena said...

Diana, what a gorgeous dinning room you have created! I just love, love the fabric. So beautiful!

Kelley said...

Truly lovely, Diana dear. I'm so glad you've been feeling more get-up-and-go! This room is going to feel the love come full circle when your beloveds are around your splendid table. AMAZING! I just love it!

Hugs and happy smiles when you see the fruits of your labor,
Kelley~

Shelia said...

Hi Diana! Oh, I adore your dining room! I have to tell you, I've been looking for that same fabric to use in my kitchen windows and just don't want to pay over $20 a yard for it. I know, I'm cheap! :) I love your curtains and how they look and how special to have enough fabric to use on your table.
I love your pretty room.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Stunning, lovely, incredible, stately.... why the adjectives to describe your transformed dining room are endless! ND - you have a gift for style, and I love the reality of life that you displayed too, thanks for being REAL! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

High chairs and ironing boards, the stuff of life, no?! Well, they certainly were in my house for a long time! Truth be told, it was really just the high chairs! I hate ironing lol! The curatins are gorgeous and the added French door/windows is absolutely stunning. The more light the better.
xoKathleen

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

yeah for real life. Love the monogram napkins.

Vee said...

Very pretty room and beautiful draperies. I also like the rabbits.

peggy gatto said...

What fun to see the transformation and love the fabric!

Curtains in My Tree said...

As they say, You've Come A Long Way Baby LOL
anyway your beautiful dinning room has
honey I have a bigger mess than you

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

It is splendiferous, Diana. (Don't you love my use of big words)
xo Laura

Tete said...

Love the fabric and the bunny picture...have a good day.

20 North Ora said...

Your dining room definitely has taken a 180 degree turn. It looks great. Love your curtains you made. Great job!

Judy

Kelly said...

Diana, WOW!!! I LOVE your style!!! I would be thrilled to dine in this room even among the ironing board and high chair!!! O my, you have such an eye for putting a room together. I love all your special gifted heirlooms gracing this space. Your dishes sit lovely on top of those fabulous chargers and next to your sweet monogrammed napkins. Great job and high five to your son! ; ) Perfection!!! Good eye on that material cuz it really works! Oh and I have to say, I love the bunny picture and your glorious chandelier.

You must be pleased with how it all came together. <3

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beautiful transformation! And you used my favorite fabric. Love the colors and the vintage feel. I have been crushing on that fabric for several years now and I never get tired of seeing it. I used it to make pillows for my living room and I just recently bought the coordinating stripe to have my chairs slipcovered. Those drapes are just yummy!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Oh my gosh--it is BEAUTIFUL!!! Glad you're feeling well enough to sew!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dinning room....Now I would say YOUR dinning room belongs in one of those "fancy magazines" for sure. I love your white dishes, from JP Penny? Very pretty!!! You did a good job on those curtains too!!
Louise

Anonymous said...

oops....I meant JCPenney, my husbands name is JP...lol!
Louise

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Gorgeous curtains! Magazine worthy dining room! You did an amazing job! Those dishes are so pretty Diana. I've not seen that pattern. I look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us.

LV said...

Mercy, what a little love, tender care and work can do. Your before and afters are awesome. Love them. I am having new drapes made for my living room. I do not sew. J.C. PENNY IS MAKING THEM.

Kelly said...

Diana, WOW!!! I LOVE your style!!! I would be thrilled to dine in this room even among the ironing board and high chair!!! O my, you have such an eye for putting a room together. I love all your special gifted heirlooms gracing this space. Your dishes sit lovely on top of those fabulous chargers and next to your sweet monogrammed napkins. Great job and high five to your son! ; ) Perfection!!! Good eye on that material cuz it really works! Oh and I have to say, I love the bunny picture and your glorious chandelier.

You must be pleased with how it all came together. <3

Kathy Piper said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful new curtains. The dishes are gorgeous! And hey, we live in our homes who doesn't have a messy stash some place. Lol
Have a great day!

Merlesworld said...

I always enjoy checking out other peoples homes.
merle..................

vivian said...

good grief girl! where do all these people come from that comment on your blog!? Im lucky I get a dozen or so! Love the fabric. what a difference!
happy day
xoxo

Amy@MaisonDecor said...

Wow! What a gorgeous before and after!!! Oh man, I am loving your after, how fabulous it all came out. And I laughed out loud about the Rabbits and where they descended from...

NanaNor's said...

Diana, what a beautiful room. Love the Waverly fabric! Your entire room is gorgeous, should be on the cover of Romantic Homes. You are blessed with decorating. Each special item you shared is a treasure. Thanks for sharing.
Lots of love.
Noreen

Kim said...

Wow, I love that fabric and what you have done with it, Diana! The room looks fabulous. I love JCPenney...their home decor is really pretty and reasonable!

tammy j said...

you have worked your magic.
and it is worthy of your favorite magazine.
ohmygosh!
it's more than lovely. it looks loved. and lived in. only lived in with a sense of elegance. and timeless charm.
and oh... the ironing board. well.
the perfect touch! can't have it looking too downtown abbeyish! LOLOLOL!!!
glad you shared that. but then i knew your were the salt of the earth anyway. :)

Simply LKJ said...

The fabric is lovely! And, the entire room (well minus the mess ;-) is gorgeous!! I can see why she is trying to "steal" the china away from you.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

LOVE the fabric and darling rabbit picture and the tablewear!!! I'll be over for lunch!!! I have a ironing board too :)
warmly,
deb

Consider It All Joy said...

I love real life messes! It proves we are all human :) I totally LOVE your rabbit picture, no matter what type of rabbits they are!! Beautiful change in the dining room - you and your hubby are a super Team!! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

Renee said...

Very pretty drapes and love your idea of a square "runner" I have a round table, too. Your dining room is beautiful. Love the dishes.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Diana, you dining room look beautiful and I love the drapes and the chairs and chandelier! Have a nice Friday and weekend.
Julie xo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Diana, LOVE your dining room. Just gorgeous!! That fabric is beautiful and your table is so inviting. I love the dishes and the rabbit painting is beautiful. You are so talented my friend and really turned this room into a showplace. LOVE the chandy!!The before and after is amazing.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and Blessings, CM

Teresa@magazineyourhome said...

The draperies are gorgeous, your dining room is just so lovely Diana!

Debbie said...

I LOVE the fabric, Diana! Your dining room looks so beautiful!! The colors are so soothing.
Your table looks very inviting, and perfect.
Just gorgeous!
Love,
Debbie
xo

Savannah Granny said...

So beautiful, Diana. I love your drapes and the wall color. I would hate for you to see my living room just now. Three porch rockers waiting to be painted. Love you guys, stay warm and safe! xoxo

living from glory to glory said...

I loved your choice of fabric... The table is so pretty, and the before and after is amazing. The Bunny picture is perfect for that room. And I know that by seeing that ironing board your at least pressed today LOL Wrinkle Free...
Hugs, Roxy
PS I just love Estells Blog so glad you found her, she has true manners and class and grace,(just like you and me) LOL

Katie Mansfield said...

Gorgeous. I had that same rabbit print. I love that room.

Ronda@islandmother said...

So is the price tag still on or did you take it off? It's very beautiful everything including the ironing board! It's great you got it done even if it happened to take longer than expected.

Nellie said...

So pretty, Diana! Even the ironing board looks good.:-) However, it is a reminder that I'm far behind on that non-favorite chore around here. xo Nellie

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! Your dining room is beautiful! I love the slipcovered chairs and the floral drapes. Everything is so elegant yet livable.

Carla from The River said...

I love the bunny print. Your dining room is beautiful. Well done. :-))
Thank you,
Carla

Sarah said...

First off, gorgeous room! What a transformation, Diana. Love the fabric. You are very talented to pull this all together yourself. Bravo!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I've always had a soft spot for Waverly fabric and your version is beautiful - looks fantastic with your wallcolor. French or Himalayan, your bunnies are very dear! Nifty soda bottle, too - love home town stuff! Jane

Debby said...

That fabric is beautiful. I love your dining room. Very elegant. I think that Romantic Homes needs to feature your room. Hope you are still getting better each day.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful drapes...beautiful runner...I love that pattern....and I am glad to see that I am not the only one with an ironing board leaning against the wall!...

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The drapes are so lovely and I love the Waverly fabric. Everything looks terrific - you did a great job on that dining room.
Sounds like you are feeling better - hope so. Don't over do and get down again. Have a terrific weekend.
xxoo
Mary

Adam said...

You could never tell that was once the same room

Red Rose Alley said...

Diana,
You decorated this room so nice. OK, I was wondering, if that's the same room, did you put a window in the wall or what? You did a great job on everything, and I really like those French bunnies. I am in love with the chargers that belonged to your husband's grandmother. It all looks wonderful, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

CIELO said...

I love how you changed your dinning room into an inviting, romantic place... to sit, eat, relax, just be. You have inspired me to finally get the white slipcovers I've been dreaming of for my dinning room chairs... ;) Lovely. Good to see you Diana...

Hugs

Cielo

My Garden Diaries said...

GA!!! I am trying to lift my mouth off the floor right now! Holy crow buddy!!! This transformation is OUTSTANDING! You nailed it in every aspect and that fabric is stunning!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Happy weekend to you!!! Nicole xo

FABBY'S LIVING said...

OMGoodness sweet lady, when you get into the decorating situation no one's better than thee! What a gorgeous transformation and the curtains are stunning, that material is to die for and I love how you had enough to make a lovely runner for your beautiful dining table and room. The rabbit artwork is gorgeous, I immediately saw it and coveted it!
Your house looks beautiful!
Thanks for the sweet compliment, but no, I'm only 28 years older than DD Sofia!
Love,
FABBY

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW!!!!! What a transformation, holy smokes, lady!

Love your Waverly fabric - your curtains and topper - gorgeous. You are a gal of many talents!

Yes, it is nice when we "keep it real." : - )

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

ps

This is the THIRD TIME that I have had to re-sign up to be a follower of yours. What the heck?

Dayle said...

The dining room transformation is simply amazing. You should be in magazines.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, it is breath taking...Gorgeous! But, I was kind of digging the brown paneling lol! Watch, brown paneling will be back in vogue soon and you will have gotten rid of it!

Carol

Little Miss Maggie said...

Those charger plates are gorgeous, Diana. You are quite the decorator. That doesn't even look like the same room. Now it is light and airy. I love your curtain fabric. Beautiful job.

lynn said...

the room is just gorgeous, diana!! love the dishes, napkins, slips, everything! the before and after is amazing!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

What a beautiful space and such lovely fabric! I'm always envious of anyone who can sew. Your table setting is lovely and I don't blame your daughter for wanting them. Quite the before and after picture. Stunning difference really!

Feral Turtle said...

Simply gorgeous!! I can't believe the difference in your before and after pics!

Mindy said...

So, so pretty. Our three monsters ate out of an almost identical highchair. :)

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely room. Funny how styles change thru the years. I like the rabbit artwork. We once lived in Rabbittown and I had a lot of rabbit decor!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm sorry I missed this post when you first did it, Diana. The drapes look gorgeous and I agree that this looks like the same fabric I had a sample of that I used for my towel "save" ruffle. I held onto that sample for many years in the hopes of using it for something or other because the colors are just so soft and pretty.

You have a beautiful dining room, too. I wish you would show more of your home. When you do share some of it, it is always a pleasure to see.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Diana! Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fabric you used for the new curtains and table runner! I hope that you are finally feeling better! Hugs, Leena