Monday, February 8, 2010

~ROMANTIC DINING ROOM - Valentine's Day Ready~

A House Without Lace
Is Like a House Without Music

Well peeps...I'm more excited than I can tell you! Believe it or not our formal dining room makeover is ALMOST finished. Save for the crown molding and the painting of my dining room chairs (the French chairs in the photos are from my breakfast room), the really big stuff is about done. It's been so exciting turning what was our formal living room into a beautiful dining retreat.

Lovin' the English Garden Centerpiece

We still have a few odds and end to wrap up...our French Doors are masked off and ready for paint (what a job that was...two two-sided doors with all those little windows) and I still need to hunt down some fabulous vintage complements for some 2die4 final WOWZER touches.


Along with so many of you who have a passion for things made with the hands, my love of vintage lace and trims shows through in this room. Dining Room or not, the cabinets are filled to overflowing with some of my favorite old finds...snippets of aging embroidery, samplings of old linens and the loveliest laces I've ever seen. Plus, vintage china tea cups are a must as well as a few pieces of the lovely (but inexpensive) stemware my Mother painstaking collected from Green Stamps when I was a young girl. I found even more pieces at local tag sales...what fun!

(fabulous lace cloth from my friend Kim)

I moved this lovely old sofa table into the room from my Den because it was just the perfect piece for anchoring our large picture window. If you ever come to my home you'll find that nothing EVER stays in the same place for very long...

Just ask my Mr. AGPMan...he does most of the heaving moving for me! :)


Here is the vintage mirror I showed you a few weeks ago. She is beautiful all by herself!


When my girl married a couple of years ago my mother and I made about 300 of these little sachet beauties for her wedding favors. Truly a labor of love...such fun...such work...but sooo beautiful. I kept a few and proudly showcase them all over my home. Here you can see three underneath my favorite Cloche.

When you don't see me adding things to eBay or even Etsy you can pretty much figure I'm busy doing other things or working in my own home. Now that I have a local booth in an Antique Mall my time is just not my own. But, I wouldn't have it any other way...

More soon!

Blessings to you as you stay true to what you sincerely love...


Unknown said...

Oh Rebecca!! Your dining room is absolutely to die for!!!! I LOVE it! All of your little touches are just perfect, what a gorgeous romantic space!! It belongs in Romantic Country! And the favors for your daughters wedding are so pretty! I would love to get something like that as a favor, how unique and special, made by such sweet influences in her life!
Big Hugs,

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Rebecca, your blog is truly inspiring and your dining room make-over is just majestic! I love it! I am in the process of making over my daughter's bedroom and if it turns out half as romantic as your home I will be very happy! You are one talented lady! take care, Maryann

Lynn B said...

Hi Rebecca, Wow, this is so gorgeous! I just love everything about your blog, I will be using some of your ideas in my new craft room in the summer.

What colour is the paint on the walls, is it a pinky shade?

Lynn B

Rebecca Nelson said...

Lynn B~

The color on the walls is FABULOUS! I had to find a color that was not the same as my entry/stairwell or den but would coordinate with them as you can see all the rooms from the entry door. I took all my swatches with me and found the paint for the Dining Room at Lowe's, It is a pale, pale white with only a hint of pink. It's called BUNGALOW WHITE and it is my FAVORITE COLOR EVER! It doesn't look PINK on the walls but definitely has a hint of blush without yellow undertones! :)

Happy Painting! xoRebecca

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your dining room is so lovely and truly romantic. I would love to be a guest for dinner and jus stare at all the beauty around me.
Your Mother's dishes, your daughter's wedding favors....all the things you love.
You are so right, we should all live with what we love.

Dixie said...

Rebecca... I just love your beautiful dining room... wish I could get my sweet Ricky to go with me into the world of cottage pink and white..but I think it would be a bit of a stretch for my farmer-man... at least he let's me have my pink guest bedroom (like he could stop me!), which he refers to as "the wife's room"... gotta love him!

I love the table moved under the window... I've seen the same idea on another blog (maybe she got it from you?).. and I'm thinking of moving one in my living room for the same purpose... maybe I'll sneak a little cottage in here and there... suddenly Ricky will wake up and the house will be filled with cottage pink and white! Well.. a girl can dream can't she?

hugs. Dixie

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello dear Rebecca!-)***

Wooow!!!You post is SO beautiful,romantic...tuched me SO much!-)

Gorguos colors and also I love broderies and laces in you dining room!!!

You gives me really Romantic Valentine day fellings,
Thankyou very much!-)***

With love and care,

Barb said...

Rebecca, lovely! I have those same dishes....left to me by my mother in law. I treasure them.

Blessings, Barb ♥

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Rebecca,
I love your dinning room! It's so pretty! All the lace adds that special romantic touch. Everything is just perfect. I think crown molding really makes the room come to life.
Take care and enjoy your day.

Beedeebabee said...

Oh how lovely it all is. You have beautiful taste Rebecca, and it shows in all you do. ;) Paulette

Secondhandrose said...

The lace on the table under the window is my favorite part of this beautiful room. I remember when you made all those favors for the wedding as I checked you ebay listings frequently.


Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Rebecca, Just what I expected to see.... absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad you shared your dining room with us. It is always a pleasure when your post pictures of your lovely home.


Rebecca Nelson said...

To Karen...I was sooooo stupid with that About Me on eBay. I could have saved myself a lot of headaches if I'd had a blog vs. changing that eBay page all the time! ahahha


Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow this is absolutely beautiful and so you!...I love love it. Truly lovely and so romantic just like your music playing. Perfect..
You so deserve such beauty

Shabby T said...

I'm in love... Your dining room is so beautiful..
Your pictures are so inspiring love all the colors...

Rita said...

Rebecca, what a lovely room to dine in on Valentine's Day! It is quite apparent that you have put a lot of attention and love into this room. I know that you are glad that it is almost finished. Beautiful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rebecca, that is so very lovely! I know you must be thrilled! :-)



Moments of Grace said...

Dearest Rebecca,
How lovely is your dining room! Your ability to pull lovely things together inspires me to search my own home for the things that mean so much to me.
Thank you for always inspiring those of us who follow your lovely blog.
Blessings to you today.

In Grace,

Stacey said...

Rebecca, your room is beautiful! I love all the white and soft colors. It's so feminine and welcoming.

I have a very similar china cabinet. I've always thought it would be pretty painted. My husband isn't so sure. :)


The dining area turned out simply gorgeous Rebecca! I love the long table covered with lace in front of the window.
You're going to truly enjoy this room!I'm happy for you!!!


Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Rebecca, your dining room is simply GORGEOUS, DEVINE, BEAUTIFUL and so ROMANTIC!! My favorite rooms in my home are our Living and Dining rooms, as they have most of my vintage rose pictures, plates, and other things I love to decorate with (hubby says there is way to much pink; as if there is such a thing LOL!) Thank you so much for sharing your home with all of us... lots of wonderful ideas to incorporate into our own homes. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead decorating and creating your lovely items! Warmest, Brenda

Debra@CommonGround said...

Rebecca, it's so beautiful. You've done such a lovely job! Perfect for a romantic valentine dinner!
More pictures please when it's all complete!

Unknown said...

Ohhhh! Ahhhh! I don't know what to say I am so breathless, nearly speechless, Rebecca!

Elegant, feminine, romantic, magnificent, chic ...

You shine thru in this decor, sweet lady. You are amazing!!!

Happy Valentine's
Have a beautiful week.
Hugs, Marydon

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhh Rebecca !
That is so very beautiful !! I think you need to open a bed and breakfast in all of your spare time ~
It is gorgeous !

Anonymous said...

HI Pretty Rebecca! Oh, I love all of your lace and white! I love lace and crocheted things. I still use my olden doilies and ones I've made myself! Your home is so romantic and has such a sweet homey feel! I love it when you share it.
Hope you're doing well, sweet friend.
Be a sweetie,

Andrea said...

Rebecca, the beauty of your home just melts my heart! You have accomplished so much since my last visit with you. Your home has always been stunning. Truly, it is filled with romance! I love it!!!!!

I am sooooo sorry I've been in hiatus. I have been taking time for family and having some special God time. Also, I've been working on a blog redo, which is going very slowly! Patience has bloomed into admission of need, so I have finally asked for help.

Rebecca, I think of you so often. You are such a special person with a gentle heart, and I treasure your friendship in our blogging world.

Blessings to you! God always hears your heart!

Much love,


Julie Marie said...

Hi Rebecca. it is just stunning... it really does belong in a romantic magazine... I saw the beautiful photos on Tanza's post as well... so pretty! xoxo Julie Marie

Tanza said...

Hi my sweet girly, LoVes everything I do friend,
Ooohhh this is all fabulous !! It is soo pretty, I ould just sit in here all day, and I think, just maybe I could curl up on the floor, right by this gorgeous table, and spend the night .. I wouldn't want to EvEr leave this room .. It's so soft and truly Romantic !! Everything you do, and finally finish turns out just stunning !! Go see me, cuz I featured you .. sweet, lovable, you .. I LoVe my sweet girly friend ~
huggers ~tea~xo

BellaRosa said...

Rebecca amor, How beautiful everything looks! Painting as much as I like the finished product is my least favorite thing to do, maybe that is why the french doors in my kitchen are still 2 different colors 3 years later? lol I love those cloches you have on metal stands, may I ask where you got them? You know, I have some frnech door handles in a drawer that so remind me of you, they are brass/gold with porcelain handles, the handles have roses on them, I took them off when we were prepping to paint and decided I wanted antique bronze instead to go with our new kitchen decor :) Let me know if you would like them :) Besos, Rose

BellaRosa said...

Rebecca amor, I almost forgot to thank you for becoming a follower on my lil blog :) I so appreciate that :) Besos, Rose

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your home is so beautiful and dreamy. Have a nice week! Twyla

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh dear.. I love your decoration! all so beautiful and is this heaven? so romantic!..

Dolores said...

Wow, your dining room is breath taking!!! So beautiful!
Oh how I sympathize with you in painting French doors..... I did it ONCE..... it's so much work, but well worth it.

I'm so happy for you!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Your dining room is gorgeous. Looks like it could be a fancy tea room! Love all the lace!! Enjoy seeing it so much.

Sandra said...

Hi sweet Rebecca. I'm so sorry I hadn't responded till now. I got sick and went to the dr yesterday. I have strep throat and a mild case of the flu. ugh. But I literally went....Omgosh! I had to comment on your post. Your diningroom took my breath away. I love love it. Girl, now you have me searching for Bungalow White paint and can't find it. hee hee You said it's from Lowes?
Have a beautiful day.

Unknown said...

Just dreamy, my dear!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

OMG! It is drop dead gorgeous! I LOVE it! So pretty and frilly and lovely! Everything I like!

Lisa said...

Your dining room is lovely!I love those pink dishes, they are just so happy! I know you love all your pretty treasures! Enjoy your Valentine room!
Hugs, Lisa

BECKY said...

WOW Rebecca!! What a gorgeous room!! You just worked your magic and made it sing!! What a gift you have for making things lovely!!
And from a lovely soul as well!! A double whammy!!

I know you will enjoy the fruit of your efforts for a long time to come!! So will all you entertain!! What a joy!
Have a blessed week, sweetie!!

Anonymous said...

I just love your beautiful and soooo romantic dinning room what a great job you and your hubby have done, when its all done just sit there with some wine and enjoy it!!! :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Rebecca, your dining room is so romantic and very, very pretty! Love it! You and your hubby have done a splendid job. I have toyed with idea of turning my living room into a dining room too but I don't know if that will ever happen. I'm rather torn because if we want to sell the house down the road, it would be best left as is. I am tempted though; especially after seeing yours so beautifully done. Thank you for giving us a peek.


Sherry Williams said...

Your dining room is like a picture in a romantic magazine! I love the color, the lace & all the little soft touches! Great job!!
hugs, Sherry

Ginger said...

Rebecca, what a beautiful space!!! I could just camp out in your beautiful pinkness, the lace, the decor, OHHHHHH I would be in heaven. Everything you do is touched with your creative love.

Just beautiful as always.


GwendolynKay said...

Your dining room is so beautiful! I love the sweet sachets. You made 300? That is love!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweet Rebecca, I could never get my home to look like that in a thousand years. Some people have it and some don't. I don't really know who I am because I like so many different styles and you know who you are and where you are going with your home! Your dining room is just gorgeous and I long for something like that but cannot pull it off! So...I just have some of your pretties around and visit your blog for my fix of soft and pretty! LOVE IT!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. I remember the wedding! I was buying from you on ebay and I'll be darned if I can remember where I read all about the wedding but I do remember you making comments on all the things you were doing to get ready...WHERE did I see the photo's?? Remind me! Where?

Lynn B said...

Hi Rebecca,

Thankyou for responding to my question about the paint colour, I thought it was just a hint of Pink.

I know I can get that paint in England so I will be buying some soon! Looking forward to getting more inspiration from your blog.

Kind regards
Lynn B

Gigi's Thimble said...

Wow! I just stumbled onto your blog and what a fabulous surprise to find you here! This dining room is absolutely gorgeous - looks like it's right out of a magazine. Thanks for sharing and great job!

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

I just found your gorgeous blog through Amy's at bunny rose cottage! Your dining room is out of a beautiful magazine, It should be in Victoria, it is gorgeous!! I love the party favors too.

A Romantic Porch said...

Rebecca, this room is so so so beautiful. I know you are happy. It feels so good to do something new like this doesn't it? Thanks for your sweet comment to me too. I'm in AWE OF YOU my dear...we probably need to talk! xo rachel

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, your dining room is a soft, romantic dream!! What a very beautiful job you did...I love the lace, the soft candle-light, the gorgeous white furniture and all of the little special things you added to make it personal and YOU!
You should have this featured in a magazine for others to is something out of a storybook!
YOu are the BEST at taking old things and bringing out their glory
I admire you sweet friend!
Love and hugs, Francy

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