Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dining Room Changes

First of all, I have to share a family milestone with you all...we officially had our last orthodontist appointment the other day!!! Yippee! I feel like I've spent half my life in that waiting room. Lol! My oldest needed braces a little late and my youngest needed them a little early, so they were in them at the same time. Luckily, they could schedule most of their appointments at the same time, but I still logged in countless hours there. Thank goodness they had THE most comfy leather sofas and a coffee bar in their waiting room to keep me company. Ha! I also read through countless books while waiting, so at least I accomplished something. :) My youngest actually needed braces twice (phase one, at the same time my oldest had them and phase two a couple of years later) So yes, we only have two kids, but paid for three sets of braces. ;) 

Anyway, they've had their braces off for awhile now, but we just finished up the last big retainer appointment. My 15 year old had one stubborn 12 year molar that hadn't come in yet and we've been waiting on it so they could make a new retainer to accommodate the new tooth and it finally appeared! So after about 8 years of braces and retainer appointments, I'm so glad to be done! :) I think there was only about a 6 month period during the last 8 years where we weren't going to regularly scheduled appointments. 

 Okay, here's the deal...every year in September, I take pics of my whole house in its "normal decor mode." Meaning I just photograph how everything looks on a regular basis, without any holiday decor. This helps tremendously in January after the holiday decor is put up and I'm trying to remember where all my "normal" decor went.

Then as usual, as soon as I get everything back in its proper place, I start switching things up. :)

This year, the dining room was the recipient of my constant changing mind. 

I didn't change too much, but it was still fun to pull out a few rarely used items. 

This side table pretty much stayed the same. That clock will always be one of my favorite purchases from Pier 1 and those pillows and slip covers from Walmart are still a favorite of mine. 

Here's a couple of wider shots... 

I moved the cake plate over to this kidney table and added a few pieces of my mom's crystal she recently gifted me. The rest of my mom's crystal and china is stored inside the kidney table. 

antique kidney table reproduction

Here's a closer look at the crystal. It really doesn't do it justice. It's such a pretty pattern. 

Over on the sideboard, I added my sugar and creamer, along with my yellow soup tureen and the little caddy from Homegoods. I've had that soup tureen for years, but never displayed it until now. I kind of like the pop of yellow it adds to the dining room.

I love this caddy. I just filled it with some silverware, yellow napkins, and a few napkin rings. 

homegoods silverware caddy

The foyer stayed exactly the same. Still loving the botanical prints. 

botanical gallery wall

 Oh, and stay tuned because we have some exciting projects in the works. I think we're finally ready to start the subway tile backsplash in the kitchen and I just convinced my hubby to make me a shelving unit for the living room (which will cause another round of musical decor as I move things around to accommodate the new shelves) As usual, everything will be done on a budget with us doing all the work ourselves. :)



  1. Yay! Congratulations on being done with all those appointments!! I can't believe you paid for THREE sets of braces....I would be doing a happy dance for sure!!!! Your home looks so pretty decorated in it's "every day" decor. Can't wait to see the subway tile back splash and the new shelving unit too! Your hubby will be very busy for a while :o)
    Have a great week!!!!

  2. Looks great, Lisa! Changes always feel fresh and needed even our decode.

    Hope you have a happy week...

    1. Thanks, Sherri! I can't seem to stop tweaking things. Lol! My decor doesn't stay the same for very long around here. Always changing things up. :)

  3. Congratulations on completing all of your orthodontist appts! I can't wait to be able to say that one day too. I'm still in the thick of it with my 13 yr old. I'm excited about seeing your subway tile when you get it hung! I want to do the same thing in my kitchen too. It will take some persuasion though to get my husband to get it started since it involves learning a new craft! But, it shouldn't be too expensive. You'll have to give a tutorial (for me) if you do it soon!

  4. I remember those orthodontist days...thankfully only one of my four needed braces. Good for to sock away for a vacay?

    I can't wait to see your subway tile. Your changes look pretty, it's so nice to have a fresh new feel to the house.

    Jane x

  5. I remember the whole orthodontist-thing, and lost retainers.....argh! Congrats on that stage of life being finished.

    Wouldn't it be so much easier if we could simply put things in exactly the same spots that we've had them before? I only do that with a few things. Like my mil's china in my china cabinet -- love the pieces so much and keep them pretty much the same but add in a few different accessories &/or greenery sometimes. I think if you are a blogger, you are of the mindset to "tweak!" It all looks very lovely, Lisa!

  6. Oh's so crazy how long that whole orthodontic process lasts. We couldn't afford braces as kids...we barely even ever went to the dentist (yikes!)...but I decided to get braces when I was in my 20s and it was a two year process. I thought 2 years was too long! Anywho...your home looks so great...and clean. I feel like my home is never clean these days. Carsten and I have been working on the "clean up" song, but he just likes to dump everything out as soon as I finish putting toys away. Haha! Okay...I'm rambling now...have a great night!

    1. It really is amazing how long those orthodontist appointments can go on. Just when you think your're done...they pull you back in! Lol! I used to sing the clean up song for my boys too! We always sang the Barney version..."clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up, clean up, everybody do your share!" Yep, still know the lyrics. :)

  7. Yay for no more braces or long appointments!!
    Your dinning room looks great and I can't wait to see your upcoming projects!!! I absolutely adore subway tile as a backsplash. It's so timeless and classic!

  8. Lisa, your dinning room looks beautiful! Great idea on taking the photos before the holidays. I need to start doing that. Your mom's crystal is gorgeous. I am so glad to hear you are done with all the orthodontist appointments. They can be quite long. Can't wait to see your new projects. Enjoy your week. Maria


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