Wednesday, Sep 14
As expected, this series is taking me for—eh—-ver! I’m going to blame it on summer. Now that the kids are back in school, I have more time to sit down and enjoy the process of blogging, something that I have really missed for the past several months. So far, I’ve given you a tour of the basement and I’ve shown you all the sweet little details of the nursery and the cuteness of the girls’ room, as well as the upstairs sitting room and master bed/bath, also known as the Master Suite. Now, on to the main floor, since the boys’ room isn’t finished yet. The entryway and dining room are connected, so we’ll start there!
New Home Tour: Entryway and Dining Room
Welcome! I wish I could actually have you over for a cup of coffee and a tour of our Indiana home. Wouldn’t that be fun? Well, if you did come over for a visit, this is what you’d see as soon as you walked in the front door. We haven’t purchased a rug for this space just yet, but I have my eye on a large round rug from Wayfair that I just can’t get out of my head. What do you think? It’s daring, but I think it would work in this space.
Just to the left is the dining room, and through the right archway is the kitchen/family room. I really like that there are two doorways to the kitchen, one from the entryway and one from the dining room. It makes it easy to get food to and from the kitchen on the rare occasion that we actually use the dining room for eating.
You can see the sitting room window and the kids bedroom doors from the entryway as well. And from the upstairs hallway, you can see the little nooks above the front door really well:
It’s difficult to see in this photo, but those are evergreen topiaries. The kids would love it if we’d buy giant nutcrackers or toy soldiers to place in the nooks for the holidays, but I think we’ll just put some twinkle lights on the topiaries instead. Sorry, kids!
Directly to your left from the entryway is the dining room. I have really enjoyed decorating this room. Add to the list of purchases I’d like to make: a new chandelier, two upholstered chairs for the Lord and Lady of the House, some artwork, and two more doors for the left set of shelves. It’s going to take awhile, but it’ll be worth the wait and sticking to the budget is always a good idea!
This whole unit, Liatorp from IKEA used to be the entertainment center in the basement of our old house. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it here in the dining room, but now that it’s all set up and filled with china and glassware, bar ware and cake plates, I love it! I’m thinking about painting the bead board that backs the shelves and sideboard a shade or two darker than the walls. I think all my white dishes and glassware will stand out more with a colored background.
I’m becoming a bit of a plant lady… just trying to keep up with the decorating trends, I guess. Although it’s funny, as usual, my mom is ahead of the trend. She’s had house plants all over her home for years! This pretty fern seems to be doing well here on the sideboard. I think it was good to start with something easy to take care of before moving on to this mama-jama of a plant:
I read up on Fiddle Leaf Figs and visited a garden center and decided I was up for the challenge of caring for this big guy, Figgle. The plant expert at the garden center suggested I put a ceramic plant nanny with a wine bottle filled with water in the soil, just to be sure that the soil never gets too dry. And I decided to go with a basket instead of a pot simply because of cost. As it turns out, I really like the look! The basket was on clearance at Target and cost only $20! There is no way I could have found a pot the correct size for that cheap. I’ll keep you posted on how Figgle is doing. So far, he’s adjusting well!
So that about sums up the entryway and dining room in our new home. I’m looking forward to sharing the changes and improvements we make to this space as time goes by. I personally cannot wait to play around with fall decor in these rooms!
Enjoy your day and come back next week for part six of our new home tour: The kitchen and family room!