A Tour Around My Dining Room

The furniture is made by Henredon and is

all hand carved mahogany wood.

We bought the furniture when we closed on the house. It was a way to have everyone here for the holidays. We were pretty extravagant before having children. There would be no way we would buy something like this now.

The planter is from IKEA. I covered it in burlap - photo above.  The planter has wheels with a built in reservoir.

*Less watering and no mess!

(The plant is a Peace Lily)

I adore having the built in china cabinets.

The china cabinets were missing the knobs when we moved in. I added the round antique style knobs.

The breakfront is quite large and holds all my fine china.

I purchased the dishes at a consignment shop.

  I love the gold on the rims and cup handles.

Close-up of carved detail on top of the breakfront.

I went with drapery sheers on the windows. I did not want to add heavy drapes as seen in most English Tudors by me.

I like how the drapery sheers feel light and airy. They also show off my collection of Mottahedeh - Chelsea Birds.

 My husband bought the Chelsea Birds (plates) for me many years ago for Christmas. He added to my collection overtime. I have a pitcher and two vases that match.

The chandelier came with the house. I am not really fond of it. I did make it work. I used faux gold leaf on it and made the chain cover.


 ~ Gold Leaf ~

The bee shades I found at Tuesday Morning last year.

I love anything that has to do with nature...bird, bees, seashells, etc.

The clock was my grandparents. My parents had it in their home for years. One day my dad said it was mine. It made my day!

After my grandmother passed away I got her beautiful plates. I adore them and think of her every day. I love having sweet memories of loved one.

Grandma's plates are above my sunroom door.

Do you also decorate with plates?

The serving table is from Bombay. I sure do miss them. It was a great place to shop and find great gifts.

The rabbit door-stopper I found when we went to New Hampshire. There was a cute little shop with all decorative iron pieces.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Dawn said...

Wow, what a great space. There are so many things I love. Very creative with the chandy. The bunny door stop is so unique, I have never seen one like it. I swoon over your built in china cabinet. Hubby said he would build me one, but I think he forgot. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always loved Bombay, too! I got some neat wood boxes there! You have such a beautiful home and a huge dining room! What a lovely space to decorate...and you do it with style!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely dining room. Your furniture is beautiful and the fact, that the table can accommodate many people is wonderful. Love what you did with the chandelier. The bee shades are darling. I miss Bombay too. They sell items on ...www.hsn.com

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...


Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! I love the furniture and love that it seats so many.

I know what you mean about inherited items meaning so much. It's so neat that you were able to use the plates where you see them daily.

Have a great day!

Linda said...

Very elegant Dee. Beautiful.
You sure can't find solid wood and if you do you pay the hefty price.

Gina said...

You have such a beautiful dining room, Dee! I love how large it is (great for fitting the whole family) and it has such a elegance to it. It's great that you have accented the room with so many family treasures.

Debbiedoos said...

Dee that is one amazing Dining room table. You don't see beauties like this anymore. Nice job on the chande to. I love the clock that was your Grandmothers.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow! Beautiful feast for the eyes -- I can imagine how beautiful it must be filled with friends and family! Is that a little drawer at the end of the table? Love the iron bunny . . . the plates above . . . and your chandy transformation -- superb!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Dee your dining room is gorgeous! Love your beautiful furniture and love those built-ins!

xinex said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Dee. You have a lovely home and a beauitiful dining room. Love your dining set, it sits so many. Love the Mottahedeh plates also and the antique clock. Actually, I love everything, lol...Christine

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi Dee, yes, I too decorate with plates. I love them as well. Your fine china looks so presidential and your dining room furniture is my favorite style for the dining room. Thanks so much for sharing. Stunning!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

What a treat! Your house is gorgeous. I love everything and more...Thanks for sharing.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,

You've accomplished a lot. Love the corner hutch for the china display. And your dining room furniture is fabulous. Yes, I have a few plates on the wall too. Limoges and some collection plates in the hall way, hand painted and numbered. Some plates on a plate stand too.
Your clock is very special and it certainly must have made your day!
The lamp cover I find a bit too pronounced in color and thickness with the otherwise lovely lamp shades and the rest in the room. Sure, the photo does add sometimes dimensions that are not very 'real' as seen in the last photo where it looks less pronounced.
Enjoy your week.


Gloria said...

A beautiful room and lots of light coming in make it so pleasant. I like your china and the family treasures, your personal touches (burlap) make it a family place, not so formal that you can't relax. I'm glad you showed the closeup of the lamp shades, at first they looked like polka dots and I thought, no Dee didn't do that, little bees, I like that! Your rabbits and hares are sweet.

Vanessa said...

Hi, Dee

You dining room is just lovely. I love all the plates and the chandelier. Your sun room is WOW! I love sun rooms. Enjoyed stopping by have a great week.


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Unknown said...

Just beautiful Dee! Henredon will last you forever so it was a good purchase. I'm looking into your sunroom and eying your jute rug with the binding. Exactly what I am looking for right now. :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi Dee, for some reason your painted lampshade post is not coming up. You might want to check it. I was hoping to see it.

Gail said...

Dee, your dinning room is gorgeous! I love your built-ins and what a beautiful make-over on your chandelier. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day, Gail

Daniella said...

You wish you had a craft room like mine???? I wish I had a house like yours!! That dining room is amazing!!!
I love it all, but those bee shades are awesome!!! I love having bees on things in the house.
You are a wonderful decorator!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Hello Dee- Thanks for visiting my blog!
Oh my your dining room and furniture is lovely! You did good buying such a gorgeous Henredon set before kids!
I love to display dishes and crystal!
I love your corner built in cabinets!
You did a marvelous job with the lamp! The chandelier shades look wonderful as does the cord cover!
I never heard of Mottahedeh before. Your plates are very pretty! How sweet that you have your grandmother's plates to remember her by!
Love the looks of your sunroom! My husband always wanted a 4 seasons room but never got around to building one! Maybe someday!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, What a great dining room, as soon as I saw it, I thought...Well she must have all of the family holidays! The built in cupboards and the china cabinet are great, To have such a huge cabinet but still have it be narrow is a plus!!! It is all fabulous!!


The French Hutch said...

Dee, Your dining room is gorgeous! Love the furniture, the built in cabinets. So many details and they are all beautiful. Lovely china.
Have a great evening.

The French Hutch

Brandi said...

Your dining room is gorgeous, Dee! I love your dining set. You have so many beautiful dishes to display.

nádya said...

Ohh, Dee, I dont know where to start from...I loved the chairs and the table, just gorgeous...all your china, the cabinets, everything is quite close to my taste...unfortunately, as we move quite often I dont have this chance to concentrate on decoration...but I loved each and every detail in your house...

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely dining room !
Greetings from Australia♥

d e l i g h t said...

Beautiful and well put together home! Henredon is fine furniture and your pieces are magnificent. I love the gold leafed chandelier. It must be so pretty when the lights are on.


Wow, your dining room is gorgeous and so elegant! I love great dining room furniture. My hubby gave me this great Italian dining set 18 years ago for one birthday and it was expensive, more than any other, BUT TODAY it's way, way beyond expensive..so yeah, there are times when we're so lucky and it's the right time!! Your chandy is also beautiful in gold leaf. Love your grandma's plates and your other collection with the birds. I do have a wall with plates too, I love them! Lots of hugs,

Deserae said...

Your dining room is stunning and I LOVE your dining room furniture!!! It is so beautiful and I love that it can seat so many!!! Your little bunny doorstop is so cute too :o)

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

How beautiful your dining room is, Dee! I love how you decorated it with treasured heirlooms:) I love love love the gorgeous looking dining table and china hutch, looks so elegant. I'm a nature lover too and love decorating with shells, birds and plants! Lovely idea wrapping the planter with burlap... love that:)The gilded chandy looks so pretty with the bee shades! Thanks for inviting us to take a peek. Beautiful post!Hugs,Poppy

Lynn Wood said...

What a beautiful and classic room! Quality like that never goes out of style, it will always look wonderful. Hope you have many, many memorable holidays with your family!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Your home is so cozy Dee! The dining set and china cabinet are so beautiful. It is heirloom quality so one of your children will have this set someday I imagine! The burlap wrapped planter is so unique looking. What a great idea. I am not familiar with Chelsea Birds but they are quite stunning from what you have shown here. Thank you for the tour!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Your dining room set is timeless and classic. So beautiful! I love your corner hutch too!

Debbie O said...

Just love your dining room, especially your table. Aren't you so glad you have it now! Gorgeous room and decor. Let me know if you ever come to NC and you can help me with my dining room.

Cynthia said...

You have a very lovely dining room! I really like your idea of wrapping the planter in burlap. I might just give that a try!

Anonymous said...

I love your gorgeous dinning room furniture. You could have some huge dinner parties on that table.
The room is lovely.

Gypsy Heart said...

Really beautiful! It's nice to have the space to showcase the gorgeous furniture. Many years ago I gave my formal dining set to my son. After I moved (divorce) I just did not have room for it and I didn't want to look at it anyway. :-) My kids have a lot of my furniture, china, etc. Better to have them use it than have it stored.

I always loved Bombay too! They had unique pieces and yes, a great place for gifts.

Thanks for sharing more of your lovely home!


Любонька said...

How do you nicely. Everything was done so tastefully that you do not want to leave you!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a beautiful room and your furniture is stunning. Love the chandy also and the fabulous little bee shades. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Maria Elena said...

Beautiful dinning room! Your furniture is gorgeous!

PAT said...

Incredibly gorgeous dining room, Dee.

Suzy said...

Oh, Dee - what a lovely room! So many wonderful treasures. You've done a great job putting it all together. I really enjoyed the tour!

Sheri @ www.careergirlinterrupted.com said...

I am sure that I will now be dreaming about that Henredon breakfront and table. Oh.my.word. Just gorgeous. Love the tour!

Robin said...

What a beautiful room with beautiful classic furniture. Dining rooms are supposed to be special! You did a great job making over the chandelier too.

Robin Flies South

Mindie Hilton said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your room at Bacon Time.

Princess Kate said...

Such a spacious dining room. Love the furniture and all the accessories. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower stopping by from Wednesday Us Wednesday

Roeshel said...

Beautiful dining room - looks like it came straight from the pages of Traditional Home! I love your accents, built-ins (charming!) and that gorgeous furniture!

Bliss said...

You have a great space for your family to come too. Everyone gets a seat, you don't have to open up the table to achieve that, and your dining room is big enough. I wish all those years ago Brawn and I would of been a bit more *extravagant*.


Wendys Hat said...

Your dining room is just perfect! I decorate with plates in my kitchen but not in my dining room. I love your spacious room and I have a similar, but different clock given to me by an old friend years ago and we had it appraised and they are quite valuable.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Lovely dining room! I love what you did to your "chandy". Very creative!
♥ Jil

LV said...

Thank you far a grand tour of your lovely home. You definitely have a taste for far the finer things in life. Best wishes.

Chubskulit Rose said...

You have a grand home sweet home!

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Have a blessed Sunday!

Susie @ Step inside my home said...

You have a lovely dining room. Very elegant with beautiful furnishings. I love your built-ins and your lovely collection of plates. I also display them. It's great to walk by them and remind you of fond memories! Susie

Unknown said...

I'm stopping by via Kelly's Korner.
Wow! It's been many bygone years since I've seen a table made with such craftsmanship! Definitely a heirloom piece.
Living in Las Vegas I don't get to see built-ins.
You have a wonderful room to entertain and enjoy delicious meals.

Unknown said...

Amazing picture shared on
dining room furniture, thanks for sharing.


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