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Dining Room Turned Library (Three Boys)

I missed posting about this in June (where did the month go?).  I am in love with what Sarah of Three Boys has done with her dining room.  Turning it into a library was ingenious and her budget minded furnishings are amazing.  The bookcases from IKEA with added crown molding gives a truly built-in look.  Makes me want to sit down and read a good book on a rainy day…  Read more here.

Enjoy!

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Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

A Room with Many Names

The single car garage in my ranch home had been converted into an extra room many years ago.  I am using it as a dining room/sitting room which I optimistically call my “sun room,”  although right now with only one window and a small window on the exterior door, there is not much “sun.”   The walls have been painted a subdued yellow to brighten things up.  The color picked was a no brainer since two old yellow and green club chairs make their home in front of a corner tv in this room (still looking for the right slipcovers).  The room houses family pictures and momentos from the annual family beach vacations.  Here is our newest acquisition.. a handcrafted white Amish cupboard or sideboard.

Purchased this gem at a nearby shop called “Serendipity.”  Love the clean lines and the beadboard back.

Fun things fill the shelves such as the jar of sand and shells from Gulf Shores and the picture of an Irish Currach, both presents from friends.   The little cupcake on the green vintage luncheon tray is actually a candle.  The white frame sadly still needs a family picture.. ah.. which to choose!

The newest acquisition for this room is a white farmhouse table picked up at a thrift store which will be added later.. as soon as we get some work done around this old house!!

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