I often smile at the many styles featured within our home.
From Traditional to Farmhouse to English Country to French Country and everything in between. There are even room with a combination of all three. Years ago, the word “eclectic” became popular as a way to desribe of mixture of styles. I think whoever coined this word must have walked through my home. I recently added a few changes to our formal Dining Room. The goal was to “de-formalize” it and bring in a more casual and approachable style. I am sharing one of those changes here…
Dining Room Buffet for Fall
The biggest change is our huge brick fireplace. I will share that next week along with my Fall mantel. On the opposite side of the fireplace, I added some beadboard. Not the traditional beadboard, but the larger slat variety. I adore this look. Our dining room is an inner room and does not get a lot of natural light. I felt by adding a wall of white beadboard, it would help lighten the room. It would also take away from the formality of the room.
Here is a before of our Dining Room…
I have to stop here and say that I was completely inspired by one of my BFF’s, Suzy at Worthing Court. She recently re-did their Dining Room and when I visited her recently and saw this beautiful space, I knew it was the answer to our dark dining room issues.
Our lower walls already featured mouldings, so I decided (at least for now) to save those and apply the beadboard above the chair rail. I may change it later, but for now I like the combination,
We moved out the vintage bow-front chest to the Foyer, and replaced it with an older buffet I bought years ago from The Bombay Co. Y’all remember that store? I am so sad it went out of business. I am trying to decide whether or not I should paint this piece. I am leaning towards YES, although The Hubbs is saying no. (um, hello? It’s not like it’s real wood or a valued heirloom) LOL What do YOU think? Paint…yay or nay. (I want to leave the top dark btw.)
I knew my beloved pink and white Staffordshire plates would remain. And my fave landscape print. But, I wanted a change. I wanted to add a bit of farmhouse to the English Country style. I remembered I had several pairs of shutters left over from flip house jobs. So I went digging through and found two black ones which would work. The size that is, not the color.
After a few layers of paint, which I will share next week, they were perfect. Once the plates were added back on the wall, I was in love with the way it turned out. I guess you could call it “eclectic.” 😀
My beloved Vintage Staffordshire Soup Tureen is filled with a faux arrangement for now. We are heading to the NC Mountains next week and I will be bringing back a Suburban full of pumpkins and gourds from the Farmer’s Market.
I added lots of pheasant and quail feathers to the arrangement…
I added my pair of pheasants flanking the tureen…
I may be adding in some more pink and white dishes, and I am on the lookout for some alternative chairs to place on each side of the buffet, but for now I am happy with the results.
Thank you for letting me share our Dining Room Buffet for Fall.
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