After one month in our new house, it’s time for the first room reveal ~ a rosy dining room. It’s only natural that the first room completed is the one that looks most like the one in our old house, so much of this will be familiar to anyone who has been reading this blog for a while. In fact, the furniture in this room is exactly as before but some details are new and several of the pieces never really got showcased before. The new room is larger than our previous dining room and is blessed with a higher tray ceiling. Here is what it looked like when we purchased the house: The room had a lot to offer but the dark paint was not our style and the modern wall mirrors didn’t work for us either.Our painted sideboard and trumeau mirror were often the focus in our old dining room and I’ve kept the styling as before, but only as a starting point from which to move forward. Given that my aesthetic really hasn’t changed, I see much of my decorating in the new house as an opportunity to fix some of the imperfections I wasn’t happy with before. In this room that began with the paint color on the walls and I chose a blush tone that gives a rosy glow, warmer and less of an actual pink than we had in the other house. The color is Benjamin Moore Bridal Pink. The plate racks were in our breakfast room before, but the larger room has a greater expanse of wall and enough space to accommodate our spare chairs.The ivory painted china cabinet was a key piece in our old dining room, but it never photographed well in the space it inhabited and hence was rarely featured in any of my posts. It will take some time to get the lighting right for photographing this room, but I’m already happier with the warmer glow that envelops the space.Another piece I rarely highlighted is this moss colored cabinet that houses much of my tableware. I’ve often been asked where I keep all of my dishes and the accessories that I use in my table settings, and these two pieces do much of the heavy lifting in that realm. I’ve toyed with painting this cabinet a lighter color and welcome comments about what you think might look good for this piece. The glass apothecary jars are not meant to be staying there, and are only up on top waiting for a better place to go.Our dining room table and chairs are exactly the same, but have mostly been featured with a full table setting on top. The table is from Ethan Allan and the chairs are from Ballard Designs. I always intended to add a pair of French chairs at the ends of the table, and hopefully that will happen some time in the future. This table gets a lot of use, so I keep it with one of the leaves in, but there is another that can be added if it needs to go larger.I love to display my favorite tabletop pieces in the china cabinet, as they are easy to grab and work with the rosy feel of the room. Here is part of my Royal Albert American Beauty china collection, mixed with lovely pink depression glass plates.I enjoy the symmetry of the room and the view overlooking the greenery outside. In our old house our large picture window was off center in the room and looked out onto the smallest part of our odd shaped yard.For everyday use, I keep faux florals on the table, but when I serve in this room, I prefer to get fresh flowers instead.The drapery panels were moved from our old living room and help add to the rosy feel of the space. The pattern is Ralph Lauren’s Knightsbridge Floral and the hardware for the rods is from the Paris Texas Villiers Collection.My passion for china collecting was beginning to max out our space in the old house, but next to our new dining room we have the perfect spot to add a butler’s pantry for more storage. That’s a project you’ll be seeing more about in the upcoming months.The dining room leads directly into our kitchen, a room that will undergo a refacing shortly, and beyond you can glimpse the family room, a room that already looks a good bit different than this photo taken not that long ago.One of the bigger changes I hope to make is to switch out this more casual chandelier for a grander crystal one. We did bring our old chandelier with the crystal and teacups (which I wrote about in this post), but it felt a bit small for the room. We’re saving it to use in the butler’s pantry and for now this lovely tole piece works well with the hues in this room. I definitely need to replace the frosted bulbs with some nicer clear ones.I just really can’t have enough pink and gilding…With several of our new rooms looking so completely different than our old house, it’s comforting to peek into this room and feel the familiarity it imparts.I’ve already held my first dinner party here and that table setting will be upcoming. I was delighted to have the room functioning so well for my guests!
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