Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cottage Dining…

I am not sure how this space in my home came to be. It seems that it has been an addition of little pieces ~ sometimes big and sometimes so very tiny!  But seeing the evolvement over time, is what has been so rewarding.
The table came from a local consignment shop when we first moved in to our home.  My gorgeous and very expensive table from a high end retailer was just too large to fit in my nook.  So I set out to find the perfect table. I wasn’t in love with this table at first…but the measurements and eclectic chairs fit what I needed.  Over time, this table that hosted numerous dents and paint splatters from the previous owner made it’s way into my heart ~ mostly because of the worry I never had when my own children placed their own character flaws into the table. They were able to paint and pound projects without giving me the anxiety of ruining a new piece of furniture.
The hutch I’ve held onto since I was a single mom in the early ninety’s. It is a piece I put on layaway for months before I could finally bring it home.  I haven’t been able to part with it because of my own sentimental history with it. I recently painted the natural wood to white and am enjoying it like it’s a brand new piece in my home.
Under the hutch sits a very vintage Tillamook cheese crate. I love the patina that this piece has and what it brings to the room.
The collection of possessions the hutch holds is special to me as well ~ carefully thought out displayed pieces.
Right now, it holds a reflection of what I think is beautiful ‘right now’.  It’s the countless hours I’ve spent of hunting for the White Ironstone pitchers.  The thrill I felt of finding a vintage Bluebird print from the talented Zula Kenyon. Along with few treasured additions that are from my own grandparents or flea market finds. 
The sign “Cottage” that sits above the hutch and the two wooden shutters that stand beside it, are a significant part of my own journey. These pieces I found myself confident enough to create because of special friends that have shared and taught me their talents of “how to”.  Amazing women that have encouraged me to create ‘my own kind of beautiful’ instead of just go out and purchase it.
Because I love gardening, I can’t help but bring a little of the outside in when it comes to what I love to surround myself with. Using an old watering can adorned with last years hydrangeas is a perfect accessory!  The little boxwood wreaths and flowers on the table in some old ‘found’ jars are sweet reminders of what is just outside my French doors.
The chandelier is a recent addition to this space as well.  The beauty it brings to this room is so beautiful to me.

I love the mixing of collected treasures regardless of old or new and where it came from – it seems that if I love it, I can find a place for it.  xoxo, tracie


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

The room looks amazing! Love how it opens right up to the outside! Going back for another peek!

Marci said...

Love your "nook" ! The table, shutters, hutch, chandelier, all of it. The bluebird paintings or prints, adore them. It looks comfy and homey and elegant at the same time.

xinex said...

I love the room and your style. So pretty and relaxing.....Christine

chateau chic said...

Oh Tracie, I LOVE this cottage dining room!!! It's filled with so many wonderful treasures with special meaning. Love the scale! Every room needs a pretty chandelier in my opinion.
Mary Alice

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

A collected over time look is my favorite and I absolutely LOVE everything about this space Tracie!!

House of Hipsters said...

Oh this space is just lovely! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

Stacey said...

Your home is so pretty. I love to look and look. The cottage sign is so perfect for you.

Ashley C. said...

Love it all - so beautiful!

Janice Kay Schaub said...

I love the old box. As you will see from my own post. I also love all the oldness of the white pieces. It makes a wonderful collection. I would have fun looking around your home

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your kitchen/dining room! The furnishings are so pretty, especially the hutch and the cottage sign. It's all perfectly cottage-y and beautiful!

My Cozy Casita said...

Well. well Tracie, you know how much I love your beautiful home your nook is so cozy and relaxing your chandelier so pretty.

Jill Harrison said...

you have created a beautiful corner in your home. I love every bit of it, especially as the pieces mean so much to you in different special ways. Have a lovely week. I am joining you over on Ivy and Elephants.

Junkchiccottage said...

So pretty Tracie. Love to stroll down the pictures and see all the beauty of this room.

Light and Voices said...

Tracie, you have amazing good taste. I like how you painted the old piece white. I like the collection. I like how charming your cottage is. Images are nicely captured.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

Jody and Stan said...

Tracie, I love your Cottage Dining Room. You have created a wonderful space with all your collectibles.
A very special place, love the chandelier!

Marlene Stephenson said...

Lovely post,your dining room is amazing love all your special treasures. Have a great day.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Just gorgeous! I love all the elements and how they play off each other to a
make so a beautiful space. Fabulous!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Your dining area is breathtaking! That gorgeous hutch makes the whole room. I love the displays in it too. Just lovely!
Blessings, Deborah

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So soft and beautiful! Did you paint your scale? I have one like this and have thought about it.

Elaine Ezell said...

Tracie, I love this room! Every detail is perfect. You didn't mention the crown and I want to know about it. Thanks so much for sharing...just beautiful. Send me a message about the crown. I'm dying to know.
Have a great weekend!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Love the room and all your details-gret eye you have!

Debra Howard said...

Love it! It has definitely turned out beautiful!

Pamela said...

I have always loved this space and watching you change it from time to time. Thanx for sharing at THT. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Sandra and Hennie Cronje said...

Your photo's is beautiful. The dining room and shelf display is beautiful. Thanks for sharing
Lots of blessings from South Africa

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

My heart is pea green with envy! I agree,if you like something it will fit it! A beautiful room!

Jann Olson said...

Tracie, I love this room and your Cottage sign has me drooling! Plus I have been wanting a large pair of shutters to paint. I've actually passed up two sets. Found them when I was not able to bring them home. I keep on looking. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Tracie, I enjoyed reading the sentiment behind all your much loved pieces in your dining room. It truly is a beautiful room and I'm pleased to be featuring it on Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Victoria Kirton said...

such a beautiful room!