Hi friends! The weather is a bit gloomy and cold here, so I am spending the day inside just looking online for traditional dining room inspiration. We have a traditional style dining room which is a separate room off from the kitchen, characteristic of 1920’s homes. While I love having a traditional dining room, a lot of the historic charm has been lost over the years, so I am searching for ways to add some classic character and updated style at the same time. For today’s post I am sharing some photos of beautiful traditional dining rooms and design elements that I find inspiring. I am also identifying some essentials for designing a beautiful, traditional dining room space. Enjoy! *This post contains affiliate links.
This gorgeous dining room has all the traditional design elements: beautiful furnishings, a classic tablescape with coordinating dishes and crystal stemware, candles, fresh flower bouquets, a mirror as artwork on the wall, and a gorgeous area rug. And just look at that chandelier! For each of the pictures in this post I have chosen beautiful chandeliers and light fixtures for inspiration, as well as examples of the other design elements pointed out here.
In this swoonworthy photo we get a peek into a dreamy dining room filled with beautiful treasures. I love the simple potted fern as a centerpiece, which doesn’t distract from the yummy cabinet filled with ironstone dishes on the far wall. The interesting light above the dining room table is stunning.
The kitchen is the heart of the home! Large or small, everyone loves a cozy and welcoming kitchen. Even the smallest of spaces can be made to feel larger with the right decor tricks. Of all the rooms in our home, the kitchen is probably my favorite, but it has taken a while to make it feel more open and charming. Finding a good balance of decor and function is important to creating a workable kitchen space you love, and you don’t need to sacrifice personality and style to achieve that goal. Today I am sharing five easy ways to make a kitchen seem more spacious. *This post contains affiliate links.
Here is our kitchen decorated for winter. It has come a long way in three years from the dark and outdated 1980’s kitchen we stepped into when we bought our home! We still have many things we would like to change, but so far I am loving the cozy, cottage farmhouse feel. Our kitchen is bigger than most 1920’s homes, but it is a long galley style, and some of the cabinets have needed to be rearranged in a more optimal way.
We needed to make some changes to make it more open. My husband and I have renovated a few homes and we have always been able to work wonders with the kitchens. Here are five easy ways we have transformed kitchens to make them feel more spacious and how we have made smaller kitchens much more useable.
Five Easy Ways To Make A Kitchen Feel More Spacious
1. Paint it white.
If you are one of my regular blog readers, you probably already know that I love white and shades of white, and refer to myself as a “blancophile” (French, meaning lover of white). From collecting ironstone to chalk painting furniture and decorative accents white, I am always surrounding myself with as much white and ivory as I can. White is the color of choice when it comes to making a space feel larger. White walls help to make a room feel lighter, which instantly makes it feel more open.
Hello again dear readers! I am still working on my home project wish list for 2018, and updating/renovating our main bathroom is on the agenda! For as much as I love vintage style and adding lots of little treasures and collectibles all around my home, I really prefer a modern and clean look when it comes to the bathroom. A “modern” bathroom is actually very chic and timeless. Many modern styles are more reflective of the original bathrooms in older homes. Most of us with older properties usually want to design our bathrooms to remain in keeping with the character of the building.
Hello dear readers! Are you mad for plaid? If so you have come to the right place! Every week my talented Instagram friends and I host #madforplaiddecor on Instagram! Anyone with an Instagram account can use the #madforplaiddecor hashtag to share their beautiful photos showing all the creative ways they have used plaid in their homes. Each of the hosts chooses a feature weekly, and I will be posting a monthly round up of our features here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home to give you some inspiring ideas for decorating with plaid. Here are “Team Tartan’s” August features. Enjoy!
As you can see we had a wonderful first month resuming #madforplaiddecor! Remember, if you have an Instagram account you can play along too! You really don’t even have to be “totally” mad for plaid to play! Even if you just like to add some small plaid touches seasonally or you have a favorite scarf or boots you would love to share, all the hosts would love to see. Any kind of checks, gingham, or buffalo plaids are perfect for sharing! Just check my IG feed every Thursday for all the details and a chance to be featured on Instagram and here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home. Hope to see you each Thursday!
Hello dear readers! I just finished making this vintage seed packet “farmhouse style” basket and it turned out so cute I couldn’t wait to share it with you today! It was so quick and easy to make, and with just a few inexpensive supplies you can make your own! Read more
Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now! Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that the popularity of original, unpainted woodwork seems to be on the rise, and the bloggers who are showcasing their homes with original or stained trim are just on the verge of this huge trend. I have also noticed more and more homes with light, neutral walls and unpainted woodwork turning up in decor magazines after at least a decade of all white rooms. As much as I love white, I find this stained woodwork trend very refreshing!
I consider myself a very lucky homeowner to have original woodwork. After years of living with all white decor and trim, it was a bit of a transition to decorate with stained trim and it took some getting used to. When we first put in an offer on our historic yellow brick home a few years ago, we loved many things about it— but the stained woodwork was not really one of them! We had originally planned to paint it once we moved in, but later decided that we just couldn’t erase 96 years of history with a few coats of paint. The darker woodwork was new decorating territory for me, so I headed to Pinterest for inspiration. It was there that I stumbled upon Finding Silver Pennies blog, and my passion for unpainted original woodwork (and a true love of our home) really began. Read more
Spring has sprung and it is time to change up my chalkboard! I know we have been seeing chalkboards for a while now in home decor, but I am still crazy about them! When they became “all the rage” a few years ago I fell in love with using them as decorative accents, but I figured their popularity would be short lived. Instead, creative decorators and crafters are continuing to come up with new designs for chalkboards using drawings and gorgeous hand lettering techniques. Old furniture pieces, windows, mirrors, and all sorts of fun junk can be transformed into beautiful works of art with the simple addition of some chalkboard paint.