My dining room is a happy spot in my home for me. Besides the most obvious reasons of all the family time spent here, another reason is because I’ve decorated it with colors that brighten my mood. And another reason is that I don’t keep very much in here, so it is very easy to maintain.
Right next to the table is my china cabinet. This beauty wasn’t always my favorite thing. I purchased this off Amazon almost 5 years ago. It was inexpensive, put-together-yourself furniture. I like how it fits the space and I like the functionality of a few cabinets and drawers, but it looked blah. So even though it worked well, I found myself wanting something different anyway. Last year, I gave it a coat of chalk paint and new knobs and it feels like a whole new cabinet. I love it so much now! It is crazy what a little coat of paint can do to revive tired furniture.
On the other side of my table is my attempt at a large house plant. I’ve never done an actual large alive plant before I purchased this one last year. I’ve done okay with keeping it alive, but I seem to either over-water it or under-water it. I’ve not figured out the just-right thing yet, as you can see by some dead leaves. There is always something to learn.
I change out my table centerpiece a few times a year. I think it is such an easy way to give the whole room a fresh feel. I will just rotate things around in my kitchen, so I don’t necessarily need to buy something. Sometimes my fruit is up on the counter, sometimes it is on the table, sometimes the flowers are on the cabinet, and sometimes the table, or whatever … you get it. Change is good. The cloth underneath the tiered tray is a little runner I sewed to enjoy some fun fabric. Right now I have some fabric sitting next to my sewing machine ready to make a cute little Valentine’s Day runner.
The garbage can is also near the table. I know people have all sorts of preferences for garbage cans, but I like mine by the table for a few reasons. (1) When we are clearing the table, my kids can clear their plates into the trash before heading straight to the dishwasher. (2) When my kids are eating a snack or treat, wrappers are more likely to end up in the trash. (3) Hiding the trash can seems kind of pointless since everyone I know has a trash can. And when I’m at someone’s house and have to hunt for their trash, it can get awkward.
Did you notice something fun about the chairs at my table? There are six family members (2 adults, 4 kids) and six chairs. One chair, however, is definitely different from the others. I found a little child’s seat from IKEA for my son and he loves it. He gets to sit up at the table like everyone else without a bunch of bulky plastic stuff and it is awesome.
Speaking of that cute little guy, he was off collecting things in his Star Wars box while I took pictures and I stopped taking pictures when he came back to show me what was in his box. Spoiler alert: he found some stickers, which we promptly started putting on our faces and arms.
I hope you’re working on your dining rooms this week with a vision in mind of the kind of dining room you’d like to have, and especially of the kind of time you’d like to have there. Maybe a bright coral cabinet isn’t for you, but what will your thing be?