Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumnal tones in the Dining Room

I always look forward to each new season;
Fall is winding down and winter is almost here.
Having a neutral backdrop has made my seasonal decorating 
so much more enjoyable.

Subtleties of color and texture can be felt more easily.
and one small change can make such a difference.

These brown transfer plates hanging below the sconces
 have been up since I repainted the dining room last year.
I've kept things mostly earthy tones, using "nature" as my teacher.

I remember when I was newly married, a magazine article
which featured the elements of Country French style.
Funny, I don't know where that article is now,
but I remember the jest of it.
It was how Country French married the rustic
and utilitarian of the countryside with the elegance of the Court.
I've always loved "elegant" tempered with "farmhouse".

I like Old World baskets tucked underneath and on top, 
holding essentials like linens and pottery;
The feel of antiquity being at home with the practical.

I wanted a new tablerunner, 
or something to change out my late Fall table.
I had it in my mind, trying a dozen different things in here.
Then I dug through my material bin
 and found this elegant piece of muted floral silk.

I didn't have enough, so my elegant silk
paired up with a utilitarian drop cloth for the ruffle.

And a chenille tapestry pillow tops an old crazy quilt 
with a velvet border on my old church pew.

I painted this church pew white last Spring;
Before, it had been black. the white.

As you can see a small tree is up waiting for it's decorating.
(right after Thanksgiving)

I love layering vintage mirrors; multifaceted reflections.
My sheep and lambs are always here on the buffet
 in their special place.

Tomorrow I'm showing "the details" of this room.
Hope you'll come back.

And if you haven't joined in for the 
All Things French Give Away
then click here to enter!

I'm joining in with the parties this week,

Tomorrow, It's in the Details...



  1. Well, shoot! I was almost finished typing my comment and I touched something and it went away. So her I go again! I love it. The layering of the mirrors are lovely, your china hutch and I love your centerpiece. I will certainly be back to see the details.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  2. Beautiful Debra, your home is the runner and the pew. I'll be back for the details, cant wait.

  3. Very beautiful space! And I am just CRAZY about your tablerunner!!! Love the ruffle on the end! I found a piece of fabric to make one from, and but couldn't figure out what to do with the ends! So glad I saw your post, because this is the perfect solution!

  4. Debra your dining room is gorgeous. I love the furniture and the beautiful mirrors and baskets. Your table runner turned out beautifully!

  5. You have so many pretty things to look at in your dining room. That looks like a very large room! Your table runner turned out cute. I like your sheep collection too.

  6. Debra,
    Your dining is just full of beautiful things..think my fav is that wonderful old church pew!!!


  7. Lovely room, Debra. Oh, I'm crazy about that old church pew!


  8. Wow! This is a beautiful post! I love all of the wood tones.

  9. Very pretty Deb, I like the runner a lot.

  10. Beautiful Debra! I love the layered antique mirrors and your new runner is so pretty. Love the pretty mirrored sconces too! Can't wait for the details! Martina

  11. So pretty Debra!! Your room is gorgeous- love the runner and the pretty sideboard vignette.

  12. Oh that is so LOVELY but I must say my favorite thing is the Vintage Church Pew...SO SO Beautiful

  13. Wow what a beautiful dining room and such lovely pieces of furniture. You have put it over the top with your decorating.

  14. What a gorgeous room. I love the way you decorate. Just beautiful!!!

  15. Pretty! I can't wait to see the details. I like the bench -- I used to have a church pew --I must have sold it!

  16. Love the runner. Just perfect. I also love the placemats/ chargers! I will be back to get all of the details.

  17. This is such a beautiful room. Like you, I enjoy mixing utilitarian and natural with elegant and formal. It's a great look!

  18. Brilliant! Go ahead and put up a tree...then change the decorations for Christmas! Oh my gosh, I'll be digging out decorations tomorrow.

    Your table is absolutely lovely, by the way. :)

  19. Dear Debra, your dining room is just gorgeous- I love your style, mixing elegant with country feel- and love all your details in there, so I`m surely coming back for more !
    Love your new table runner.
    Hugs and love,Dorthe

  20. The colors in your dining room are stunning, Debra. I love your table runner!

  21. Debra, Your dining room is gorgeous!! I had to go back and look again at all the beautiful details. I love the new table runner.

  22. That room is so beautiful Debra! I think I have finally realized that Country French is my true decorating style too...with a touch of traditional thrown in. :-) I love seeing all of the layers of tones and textures and your runner is just perfect!

  23. Oh wow, your room is stunning. I love all of your decor. Can't wait to see and hear all the details. Hugs, Marty

  24. Debra, your dining room is so beautiful and inviting. I love so many things, it's hard to choose just one.

  25. Hi Debra,

    I am really loving all of your layers and the whole French Country atmosphere...your little lambs are so endearing and I adore the bowed front of your china cabinet. This kind of decor is so warm and inviting...who would want cold industrial elements when you can live like this!


  26. Very pretty-love the tree with the bronze ribbon awaiting the season. Perfect for it's Thanksgiving moment and ready and waiting for a quick transformation!

  27. It's gorgeous, Debra! As always, I've found loads of inspiration here! In fact, I have a neat wicker laundry basket similar to yours for sale at the shop right now that is going to come home with me tonight and take up residence under my dining room sideboard to hold extra linens etc! Thanks for the idea! Now, I hope it hasn't sold! Have a wonderful week!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  28. Love the mirrors multiplied. I have a tiny vintage sheep picture I need to send to you.

  29. oh it's so warm and elegant and has me wishing thanksgiving was this week! :)

  30. Your dining room is very pretty, Debra. I love the mix of darker woods with the white painted pew and side tables. The baskets are perfect for storage and add great texture too. A great little collection 'ewe' have there, too.

  31. Debra,
    This room is so warm & elegant. But not fussy at all. I would love to have a meal at that table someday!

  32. What a fabulous collection of treasures you have! The silk runner is made all the more interesting with the "rustic" ruffle! I love the mixture you've used in this room! Your lambs are precious!

  33. Deborah, you are so good with layering. Your dining room is lovely. Thanks so much for joining the "room by room" series.


  34. All very pretty , but I so love that tree! I would like to kidnap (tree-nap it!)


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