After getting completely fed up with having such a large table with no leg room for our guests, I bought this round table, which leaves out into 15' long. It's draped with a 108" burlap fringed tablecloth from Ballard Designs. I love this tablecloth - and will eventually buy a natural colored one for the summer months. The chairs are a great thrift store find, all 4 (very solid) chairs for just $25. I spent hours, neh, weeks gilding these chairs - and I fear I'm still not done.
The chandelier was purchased on eBay, an effort to match the fixtures that might have once been in the house. They're made from heavy "pot" metal, and then enameled with the color.
The dining seats are covered in a linen toile, and the side chairs are covered in a heavier cotton in a neutral oatmeal and gold stripe.
The brass candlesticks are huge, and HEAVY, and came from a Salvation Army in Texas for $8/each. The decanters are a collection, one a very nice and relatively expensive Pasabahce crystal from Turkey. The other glasses are cut crystal from Macy's. Behind it all, you see another painting from the Russia trip. This one a farm scene.
The dining room has a swinging door into the kitchen, and the walls on either side of the door are not the same width. So, one side of the door has a collection of my herbiers from Massachusetts, and the other a small rolling bar with some of my favorite accessories. Let's take a look a that one first ...
I got the mirror out of the trash, and yes, I'm proud of it! I'm not sure why they threw it out - perhaps they just got tired of the decor, but I knew it'd work perfectly at our house - so out it came. I layered it with both hanging and leaning art, a sort of signature of mine.
The hanging herbier is hung from jute on simple art screws. If you attempt this on your own - know that it does take time to get everything lined up perfectly - but it's oh so worth it! Because I hung one of our roe buck antlers above the other botanical set up - I figured having one on a brass tray here was a nice balance.
Anyway, the cabinet isn't my favorite piece, but getting rid of it will be like asking Scott to chop off a foot. For some reason, he's really attached.
Atop the cabinet, my paternal grandfather, for whom I am named after, left his WWII Army Bible to me, and I have done my best to take great care of it. It's the beautiful base of an antique brass cricket box filled with wine corks. I know, I know - we look like alcoholics, don't we? We're not - I promise! My favorite orange roses, with some berried eucalyptus in a simple square glass vase warm up the vignette.
I got the roe buck antlers on our spring trip to Brimfield. They were $15/each!!