Changes in Our Dining Room ~And Hydrangeas!

Some small changes in our dining room (and fresh hydrangeas of course!) are making me happy today!

Our dining room is open to the traffic path through our home and to our living room (this view is from the living room.) It really only has these three walls. I love our Mennonite pine farmhouse table and Windsor chairs. The curtains are a simple cotton with a very subtle white on white stripe. I made them very full and may still change the way they hang (more clips.)

The opening, below, (parapet wall) is to our basement stairs, our main stairs beyond and the front entry. I have plans to add trim to the opening and basement stair walls. This view is standing in the entry to our kitchen. The table runner is made with water shot moire cotton (leftover from my wedding dress my sister made for me 19 years ago yesterday!)

Below is the view from the dining room towards the kitchen and family room. I would like to disguise the thermostat and switches. The distressed black buffet and hutch holds some of my collection of white dishes.

I started this little update because I wasn't happy with the look of the previous wood pole and black metal curtain clips (IKEA years ago.)

I decided to change to a thin black metal drapery rod, similar in style to the other drapery rods on our main floor.
I also changed the direction of the table now that the wall opposite the hutch no longer has a cabinet. It looked like this before: 

I can always change the table back if I find a long and low dresser or buffet for the wall opposite the hutch.

 I also took down the extra scrolly arms on the light fixture for a simpler look.

We still need to center the light over the table with a ceiling hook (the builder centered the light in the open space, not the table space.) I filled aqua Crown mason jars from my collection with hydrangeas for the table.

Things around here are always a work in progress. I'm thinking of adding a wood blind to the window for more texture. We also need to work on adding wood and moulding to make the drywall posts look more intentional and less hockey stick chipped (our boys used to play hockey indoors!) I'm also wondering if I need something on the walls. I'm open to suggestions! But for now I am enjoying the simple look and of course loving my hydrangeas!

This mini makeover had a whopping cost of $18 for the new rod and 2 more packs of rings costing $7 each (50% off drapery hardware at Zellers this week.) Total: $32 plus tax Cdn. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  1. I like the changes you've made in your dining room. The new drapery rod and clips make it much lighter. I think I'd add more clips to even out the top fold. I like that you removed some of the scrollwork from the light fixture too! Love the blue jars and hydrangeas! It all looks very nice and light now! Pamela

  2. Your changes look great, the little things do really make a difference.
    I always forget that you are in Canada until you mention something like Zellers and I realize it again! I can't find anywhere which province you are in, but probably not Manitoba, eh?:)
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. L-O-V-E the new changes!! And such a big effect for so little!! Wish some of my changes could cost so little.
    The hydrangeas are stunning!!! I am so jealous. All my plants have shriveled up in this heat.


  4. Simple and simply beautiful!

  5. Oh, I like the table in that direction...and the drapes are so pretty. I've been wanting to change some things in my d-room too but don't know where to start. LOVE the hydrangeas...they are perfect where ever they are.

  6. I like your changes, and I Love your hydrangeas!

  7. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog, it was very kind of you. I am in love with creamy white hydrangeas and just want to fill the garden with them.

  8. Take a look at my tip for keeping hydrangeas from drooping! Hydrangeas make me totally happy too-unless they flop :(

  9. The change you made look great! Beautiful hydrangas!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, they will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  10. So very pretty! I love your collections above too!!!
    Thanks for linking

  11. What a charming room! Love the collectables too!

  12. Beautiful space! I love the table runner from your wedding dress fabric :)

  13. Love your dining room. Mine needs help! My wife and I bought a 130 year old farmhouse last winter and we have only just begun the restoration. I recently created a website chronicling our progress. Please check it out and feel free to comments.


  14. It's looking super-duper!! I really love the colour of your dresser - in fact I love the whole colour palette! Gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for linking to my Summer Loving link party!


  15. that is so pretty! my absolute favorite part is the blue glass jars filled with beautiful white blooms- so fresh and vintagey and just makes me happy!

  16. Hydrangeas are one of my favorites! Thanks for joining the "room by room" series!



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