Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chickens in the dining room

Today I'm showing you my dining room. It still has that nasty orange feathery paint thing going on so just ignore it. The ceilings in this room are at least 10 feet and the room is very large so the thought of painting it is quite daunting. Plus there is a huge skylight to consider painting around. So for the time being i will live with this colour!

You enter into the dining room through these tall, thin french doors. Very nice.

Did i mention i have chickens? Yes these are straight from France. A gift from my mom.
They make me smile everytime i walk into this room.

My french country island had no place in the kitchen. The layout would not allow for it. So i have placed it in the dining room and its now my sideboard. It matches our harvest table. Keeps the formality down in the room.

The windows still need some sort of treatment but i have yet to decide. These are old windows lots of character that have the latches to open them. Any ideas on types of window dressings? Also i cannot have anything hanging down because of the electric heating panels.

We own a very large extremely solid bedroom set. It's a bone of contention between my husband and i. He hates it. The dressers are soooo heavy that everytime we move all the men panic and say "What about that bedroom suite...is it coming?" The drawers for some strange reason do not come out. This set is solid walnut and cherry American made from Broyhill. We have the matching four poster that he hates as well. The woman's dresser will not make it upstairs surprisingly...old house narrow stair case so i have put it in the dining room. It is now
my credenza!

My dresser -cum- credenza!

Everyone who comes here does not realize it is a dresser! It stores all my linens and flatware perfectly.

A very large and extremely heavy (naturally) mirror came with the dresser. I was worried about it getting smashed (you don't know my husband...the bull in the china store guy) so i didn't want it stored in another room. The solution was i put it on top of the island to tie in the dresser with it... It works for me.

Here is my little display on the island...

Who says design has to be serious anyways!
Have a happy day
Pamela xo


  1. I love what you have done, Pamela. Each piece looks as if it fits in casually. You aren't the first to have furniture that wouldn't fit up the stairs. We have some corners to turn that have had us wishing we could stick the furniture down the chimney!! BTW, I love the island, er...sideboard!


  2. Well, that's just it! It doesn't have to be a serious endeavor. I love what you've done. I am the bull in the china closet around my house. You've changed your blog up with the banner! Looks lovely.

  3. I love what you have done already with the dinning room. I am curious what you will do about the paint color you do not like.

    Thanks for the comment about my bulletin board. I love buttons too. The heart was just a cardboard heart from Jo Ann Fabrics that I glued the buttons to.

  4. I love your dresser, and the picture above it.I understand about painting!! It's such a big job, but when it's all done it's worth it.I love the chickens....Kathy

  5. It is gorgeous and I adore the chickens :-)

    Leeann x

  6. I think it all looks so VERY pretty! I ADORE your chickens! Those narrow french doors into the room are just FABULOUS as well!

  7. Pamela, thank you. I can not believe you were just over the boarder from me. Did you move much farther away this time? I told Melissa that my sister and I take the kids to Long beach on lake Erie during the summer. I hope all is well with your new home.

  8. Wow Pamela, it's all so swoony beautiful!

    Hey, did you just change to the Stretch Minima template? It looks fantastic!


  9. Lovin' the new banner. I check your blog each day and snoop around at your friend's blogs. It gives me inspiration and I just love to peek around and daydream at the possibilities. Thanks Francie!

  10. I love the doors and the bay window and I love how you are decorating.It is fun watching things come together.
    Thank you for your sweet comment.


  11. I so love it when ladies repurpose furniture. I think you can do anything you want with your furniture!!!!

    I, too, have some pieces that are shall we say a little "weighty". They NEVER get moved anywhere. LOL


  12. I love that dresser! What a wonderful place to store linens and flatware and more. Your house is lovely and I agree with you, design does not have to be serious at all!!

    Susan and Bentley

  13. Hi Pamela,
    I love your dining room, it's beautiful! I really love your dresser and your right, it doesn't look like a dresser in this space, it fits in perfectly!
    I have chickens and roosters in my kitchen, I love them, and yours are wonderful, what a treasured gift from your mom!
    Have a great day.

  14. Hi Pamela,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. How nice to meet another canadinan here!
    I've never been to Vancouver Island, but it is on my travel list for sure!
    How lucky of you to live in such beautiful place.
    I'll be proud to follow you and keep in touch!
    Beautiful home you have Pamela!
    Have a lovely day,
    Li :-)

  15. I love repurposing furniture and it fits in so well with your dining room. Love the beautiful windows and french doors too. Take care, Danielle.

  16. I like the look and feel of your dining room. It's warm and inviting. I also like the bedroom furniture, it's lovely.


  17. Hi Pamela...that is a great idea...using the dresser in your dining room! Thanks for the visit to my place!

  18. hi! it all looks so wonderful!!! i especially love your blog header!!! thanks for your lovely comment, i get so busy sometimes it takes me a little while to come visit!!! hope you're having a lovely weekend!!! kind thoughts

  19. I just loved my visit to your place, very inspiring :)


  20. Hey Pamela they want you to add your French Buttons on the blogroll at All the Girls ChitChat.

  21. I love your chickens, and what a great ideal using the dresser in the Dinning room, it's pretty and you have alot of storage!!! I wanted to thank you for visiting our blog, and for your sweet comment!!! Blessings~~~Daphne

  22. Hey it is me again.....it has been great having you along on this trip with me. Thanks for stopping by with such cute comments. I tell you girl......those cowboys are a sight to behold!!


  23. Hi Pam: Your house looks great - like your island!! I'm finally getting my shop ready for opening - better late than never. I try to keep up with you through your very beautiful and successful blog - you have lots of followers already. Give my love to Sam - tell him I have six new chickens. We miss you around here, but glad your life seems so happy out west. Love Eleanor


I love love reading all your comments!! They mean so much to me...thank you..Pamela xo