Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Autumn Dining Room & Mr. Cozy Bakes

 It's another drizzly morning here in Louisville, but I'm thankful to have a cozy home to be in.  As I munch on my toast spread with some local apple butter, I thought I would share with you some photos of our dining room!
 I like to decorate with garlands of fall leaves for Autumn!  I'm going to add more pumpkins, too.  I like the cute little ones, and I can see some being on the mantle between the lanterns.  I took these pictures a few nights ago when my husband was on vacation, and we were enjoying ourselves to late nights and late mornings together!  I love vacation with no schedules!
The color we painted in the dining room is so warm, and we both agree it feels historic
(In fact, there is a room painted similar to this color in Downton Abbey.  I believe it's in Lord Grantham's dressing room.) 
It's a very deep warm color, but I'm not sure it look exactly right from these pictures.  I guess it's hard for a camera to capture what the eye does! The color is Dapper Tan by Sherwin Williams.  It makes whatever color you put in front of it, POP!  The mouldings look even more dramatic.
I thought the glow of the lit lanterns on the mantle were too beautiful to not photograph!  What is it about firelight that draws us in, and makes everything seem a bit magical?!
It's difficult to see from this picture, but I love this brown lamp shade with harvest-colored paisley print that I found a few months ago.  (This picture doesn't show it well, unfortunately.)  I got it from one of my favorite shops called The Tin Roof in Princeton, Ky. 
This autumnal flower arrangement is one of my favorite things, and Mom gave this to me last year!  It really adds to the corner of the dining room.  It came from The Red Bug in Murray, Ky. which is another delightful shop.  She sells an assortment of specialty honey, chocolates, handmade soaps, local pottery, antiques and a breath taking array of yarns from around the world!  It's charming and just off the court square, if you're ever visiting!
We've had the little cart for years--since we've been married--and found it on clearance at Pier.  Still love it!
Here's a view from the staircase.  I wish I had curtains on the dining room windows, but you know what... I already love this room so much it doesn't bother me!  They may or may not eventually come. :)
 This antique mahogany hunt board, that was a gift from my grandparents, is filled with family photos in an assortment of my favorite frames.  I think family pictures really make a house a home!  Family and friends mean the world!
The Lord is so good! 
Even though this is supposed to be just for Thanksgiving, I keep it out year round.
 Oh! A couple mornings later I took a few more pictures after we bought a chandelier for the room!!  There wasn't one before, and now it looks more like a dining room!  It has an antique bronze finish.  I like the simplicity of it, but I can add little shades if I want.  Mr. Cozy did a fantastic job at hanging this!  The wiring in this old house is so difficult to work with.
Thank you, Sweetheart!!! I love it!
In the windows, I decided to add a bit of rustic decor with little grapevine wreaths I got at The Dollar Tree (!) hanging with burlap ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby!  I'm so pleased with the way they turned out....easy peasy.
I have to brag on my husband again.  He made this baked apple pancake over the weekend!  Isn't she a beauty?  He has a knack for making things delicious and surprising me with them. :)
The powdered sugar looks like snow covering the pancake.  It was scrumptious!
It's a version of the Lovely Baked Apple Pancake, but this time he cut time in half by using pancake mix!  I wish I had a piece now! 
I'm going to leave you with a couple before and afters of the dining room.  Apart from decorating, we painted the room, touched up the baseboards, windows, and fireplace mantle and had the hard wood floors buffed and coated semi-gloss.  I still like the look of some imperfections in the wood.  Remember the colors in these pictures look a little different that what they truly are because of the lighting and my camera.  The room started off as a good space, but now I have made it into my own!!  Cozy and inviting the way I like my house to be.  :)  We've brought life back into this old house. 
Have a blessed day and Happy October! 
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Carol said...

The lighting in this room is so comforting & inviting. I love lamps being on when it's cloudy outside!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You have made the space so beautiful. I love the colors and the fireplace. So very cozy.

Poppy said...

Hi Leslie,

Your dining room is exquisite! I enjoyed the lovely candlelit tour and yes, everything is extra special, warm and inviting in this light. The
'after' shot is unbelievable! Such a cozy space. Enjoy the season.


Sweet Peas said...

Girl you had me at Downton Abbey, that is one of my favorite shows..I just love it. Can't wait til it comes back on. Your fall decor looks great and so cozy. I am a new follower to your blog, come visit :)


krishna said...

any dish will taste delicious in such a nice dinning room.. lovely...

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your dining room looks so comfortable and inviting. Loving the apple pancakes, they look delicious! Have a wonderful week.

Judy Bigg said...

Wow, such beautiful lighting in your dining room. Yes, so happy you shared the evening shots of the lanterns and love the light reflecting around the room and even on the floor.

It's All Connected said...

You dining room is lovely and you certainly have brought that old house to life! ~ Maureen

maryaguer said...

I just love your home! Your dining room is so cozy and inviting! Love it all!
God's blessings to you and Mr. Cozy!

Me and My DIY said...

Leslie, this looks great! You did such a beautiful job transforming the space and it looks so cozy now. And my mouth is watering over the baked apple pancake, you lucky girl!

Martha said...

what a lovely inviting room! and that pancake looks delicious!

Linda said...

What a cozy room...and that pancake...wonderful...I think I drooled a bit on my keyboard!!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi. I'm visiting from House and Garden Thursday. Your home looks so warm and inviting. A lot of love has been put into it..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

It looks amazing. So warm and inviting. I can imagine lingering over tea in there as the weather cools. You have done such a beautiful job.

elizabeth said...

I pinned this pancake to try. It looks so good! Thanks for you sweet comment on my peach hand pies post. :)

Ali @ JamHands.net said...

Leslie your home is gorgeous. :) I love your autumn look for it, it is so comforting and warm. And you lucky girl, having a husband who bakes :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your dining room is lovely! I try so hard to take night pictures and they never turn out! How nice to have a fireplace in there, too! This would be my favorite room! Very pretty tablecloth and I love the simple wreath in the window. Your paint color is perfect.

I found your blog at Cozy Little House and I'm a follower now. I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

BTW, I have been to Louisville many times, my brother lives in New Albany, IN! Gorgeous area! :)


Debra said...

Positively beautiful and inspiring. I can't stop staring at all that you've done! Congrats on making a gorgeous room. Blessings, Debra

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

The wall color makes the room! It makes the woodwork pop!
It is very similar to our dining room color.
Living in an old house is a wonderful challenge. Great job!

Anonymous said...

The Lord IS good!

Such a lovely home you have. Every detail in your dining room is beautiful. What a blessing!

Yes, your husband's apple pancake looks delicious! I was just thinking, recently, how I would like to make something like that on the weekend sometime soon.

I hopped over from "A Delightsome Life".

:) Hope