Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Dining Room is Back Into Shape!

Our dining room is back to normal with new refinished floors and a little rearranging of furniture and dishes.

I have a lot of pictures to show you so please bear with me. I wanted to show you the extent of the work that I did, which I think was REALLY a LOT, but you be the judge.

This is our formal living room, though it looks more like a storage in this photo. And this picture was taken after I have put away half of the bins already, which were in the forefront blocking the way.

These were the packages that came in while I was staying in FL for my 3 grandgirls' births. John kept moving them to the back room which is intended for our grandkids when they visit, because they were blocking the entry and would not fit there.

DH knew I would be stressed when I got home seeing all the mess so he hired someone to help me open the packages for 2 days and these were most of the boxes in the garage after they were emptied. I know our garbage men loved us after we dumped all of these, lol. After all, we are giving them job security, right?

Back to the dining room now. From the foyer, let's go clockwise and take a tour. First, comes the oak cabinet. Surprisingly, I was able to fit 5 cabinets in this room, where I can all use to store dishes, plus 2 tiered tea tables.

And here's what I was able to fit in there.

Then I have this French Louis VI (I think, Vanna, please correct me if I am wrong) buffet.

I put a lot of glassware in there.

On top of the buffet are some Sevres shell pieces and my Napoleon demitasse cup set.

In the drawer, I keep my "Siam" brass and mahogany flatware. I don't even bother organizing them cause it is a service for 24 plus lots of extra pieces and they wouldn't fit in there organized.

 I have a plate charger cabinet in the laundry room but I keep here what do not fit in there. I also store some platters here.

Next is a mahogany corner cabinet. On top is a Sevre compote, a Quimper tea set and a cloche holding my lion handled flatware.

 Inside is a Johann Haviland soup tureen and platters and a Noritake Nippon Toki Kashi tea and dessert set. And look what I discovered when I opened the cabinet to take pictures! I have an empty shelf, lol. I can buy more dishes or just move some from the other rooms or from the garage or just store what's on the dining table there.

In the middle of the wall under the mirror is a small French cabinet, I keep salt and pepper shaker sets in the drawers and the top has a Tracy Porter Artesian tea set. The shelf underneath is an Asian celedon tea and snack set.

Next comes my favorite French provincial cabinet. I love it because it can hold so many sets of dishes. if I find another one just like this, I will buy it.

 See what I mean about being able to store a lot in there?

Here's a tea table with more tea sets, a case with a German set of flatware and an old blue and white soup tureen, some silver pieces and other miscellaneous table stuff.

 Here's another favorite of mine, a corner mahogany china cabinet,
 It holds some of my favorite dishes, some Limoges salad plates, pink Homer Laughlin eggshell,  a green antique Bavarian Tirschenreuth set and underneath is a Bavarian china set of Greek key design.
 Now that you have seen all the cabinets, let me show you the floor. The picture on the top mosaic below was the old floor in the family room. This was replaced with new floors as shown in my past post but the floor in the dining room was exactly like this one, although not quite this dusty. They were sanding the dining room floors that is why it was so dusty. I wasn't here when they did it so I wasn't able to take a "Before" photo.

The picture on the bottom mosaic is the dining room floor after it was sanded and restained. This was the original floor, same one that we had to take out from the halls, bathroom and family room and replaced there. I wish we could have saved it because I really like how deep the grooves are but we could not find a match. It was no longer being manufactured.
I hope I did not bore you with this post. Sorry if I did but I just wanted to show you all the work that was done. Now, I have to work and clean the formal living room and the 2 guest rooms and then I am done. Yay!

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Entertaining Women said...

It's nice to take out all "the stuff" every once in a while...just to remember what we have stored away. Thanks for taking us on a tour of all your hard work. Cherry Kay

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

You have so many gorgeous things and I especially love all your cabinets and furniture pieces that you are able to store things.
The french provincial cabinet with the multiple cabinets is amazing!

Blessings & Aloha!
Stopping by to say hello and to share that our first grandbaby is born! We are so thankful and blessed ...and we are looking forward to when we are flying out to visit them the first week of April...I wish it was sooner!

Jojo said...

I'm always interested in how dishes are sorted. I enjoyed the tour!!

Chubby N Chieque said...

Love the tour. And my advice is buy new ones and send those old ones to Stockholm... LöL***

Kidding aside, you really have a huge job to come, eh? Where are your helpers? I volunteer, hane?

O sya... hope everybody's in the best of everything.


Curtains in My Tree said...

I loved seeing all your dishes, your china cabinets are beautiful and to have a dinning room big enough for all those beautiful dishes.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You have an amazing collection of dishes. The antique furniture is perfect for storage, and it is nice to find someone who enjoys collecting so much.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That is a lot of dishes! I know you are glad to get the room put back together, and the floors are pretty.
You have been busy! :)

PAT said...

You have the most amazing collections, Christine. I love seeing your tables and furnishings!

Creations By Cindy said...

Enjoyed the tour! got more stuff than a department store does! BEAUTIFUL! Oh, I would have a field day with all those dishes. Love your furnishings Christine. Everything is beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Shelia said...

I agree with Cindy, you have everything and more than a special shop does! Love your home!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kim, USA said...

Christine, it is a great room already. I like this kind of bin because you know what is inside. You dishes are awesome! ^_^

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Jennelise said...

Absolutely incredible dining room! I love the little cabinet in the corner and the inlaid table with the skinny legs. Thankyou for sharing your beautiful home!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

The floors look wonderful! I love to see the dish storage everyone has -- I'm so out of room!

Mary Ellen said...

Goodness Christine! All the gorgeous dishes and the gorgeous cabinets and hutches to store them in!!! I would love to just come over and open the doors all up and look and feel (for some reason I have to pick them up to see them- silly I know and I am always catching myself seeing by feeling!)

The floors are so pretty- that is one thing that will have to be redone in our home some day- it's down really far on the list - if I had a list - we have so much ugly that needs fixed first!

bee blessed

Would love to have helped you open all those boxes!!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

This is AMAZING! You live in a dream is so gorgeous. I always email your links to my mother who drools over your posts just to let you know. I agree with another commenter..I would have had a hay day helping you open all those boxes and put the treasures away! Thanks for linking.

xinex said...

You are so sweet, Trish! Thanks! Appreciate your comment very much. Please thank your mom for me too.

Antiques And Teacups said...

The dining room is lovely! How nice to have places for all your things. Lovely! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Páginas de Rose said...

Delightful journey.
All very beautiful!

Terri said...

Oh Christine! Your floors look amazing, but your entire room is stunning! You have the most gorgeous decorating touch!
All your china makes me want to get all mine out and look at them!
You must have more china than anyone I know. How fun is that!


Oh Christine, your dining room looks gorgeous in all it's splendor again! Although you have so many fabulous treasures, you do seem to find storage on your beautiful as well, furniture pieces. I love dining rooms and mine is my fav place in the house and I can see yours would definetelly be my fav too!! Stunning! Everything looks mazing and I'm so happy your floors look perfect again. I'm happy you're back to normal with your beautiful house my friend. Thanks for sharing all these with us.



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Thanks for sharing your precious tea with me today.
Hope you'll stop by to read my nostalgic post about my love of collecting and using tea cups!

ciao bella

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