In the spirit of Thanksgiving, gratitude, and a ode to myself to share more of our house projects, here is the first glimpse inside our home! You may remember the exterior photos I shared a couple months ago but I’ve been pretty quiet with updates ever since. While we’ve certainly finished a ton of projects, I just haven’t made the time to add finishing touches, photograph, edit and blog. But this project had a deadline – I would be hosting ladies dinner for my best friends so of course I needed a farmhouse inspired dining room to serve them in!
My girlfriends and I started the tradition of a monthly ladies dinner a few years ago with a small group of us who lived close by. The premise has always been that the host takes care of everything and everyone else comes empty-handed to enjoy being a guest. It’s given each of us the opportunity to try new recipes and serve delicious wine. But more than anything it’s given us the chance to have a regular standing date to catch up, even during the busiest of times. Over the years, we’ve expanded the group as some of us have moved further away while others have moved even closer. We’ve celebrated marriages, babies, career successes and we’ve also embraced each other during difficult times. Somewhere along the way we even started a compliment circle, which combined with lots-o-wine turns into a sob fest every.single.time. I’ve been friends with these girls for more than half my life and although it sometimes feels like we don’t see each other enough, when we are together it’s exactly enough.
Now onto some details about this room! If you scroll all the way down, you’ll see the “before” which will help to appreciate the “after” even more! This room wasn’t in bad shape at all, we just wanted to have it reflect our family more. We had the floors refinished, added a couple coats of fresh paint, and tried to keep the furniture and decor simple and meaningful. For now, I only have three frames on the walls. Two of which hold ferns that I picked from the side of our house and the third is a photo from our wedding with ALL of our guests included. I looove seeing all of the people we love every morning 🙂
The pièce de résistance is the farm table custom built by my husband. This was a labor of love and I swear the pictures don’t even do it justice. It’s a huge table that comfortably fits 10-people. It hold so much natural character as well as built-in character with notches and grooves and wood pegs instead of visible screws. And although it’s decorated for this special occasion, my vision for it is exactly how you’d find it right now… me on one end blogging away, my little girl on the other end coloring and snacking, and a mound of laundry, coffee, and the husband between us 🙂
We bought these chairs unfinished and unassembled. Matt stained them black rather than painting so you can still see a lot of the wood grain and texture. I think they add a great contrasting element to this room!
Our hutch was a $100 Craigslist score from Colorado while we were living there! The owner had actually purchased it while living in New York and now this baby is right back in it’s home state 😉 When we bought it, it was painted green and orange. We thought we’d repaint it but when we (ha, who am I kidding – Matt did all the work) stripped it down, this is exactly what we got. The wood is so beautiful! Our wall-mounted cabinet was handed down from Matt’s grandmother and we absolutely treasure it.
Aren’t these little ornament frames the cutest?! The source links for these and everything else in this room is at the bottom of this post.