The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it (DIY home improvement, combination dining & living space)

Welcome to our combination living/dining area. Our condo was built in the 80’s and had little character compared to the historical homes in our neighborhood. We love antiques, but wanted a modern vibe too. When we combined our homes after we married we were amazed by how well our things blended.

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Please visit our kitchen space which flows into this room. We tried to pull the rooms together using colors and textures and themes…

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We wanted to separate the dining area without creating a barrier. I designed, and my husband built this pub table to delineate the area by varying the height in the room. We bought a table base from a restaurant supplier which had to support a very large top . The stools match the pair at our kitchen counter so we can pull them up to seat 6 if needed. The room seems bigger now, because the view of the fireplace is unobstructed, and we can open the windows to the patio garden in the summer. It adds a bit of unexpected whimsy when guests come for dinner- it’s so much fun to be perched up high!

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The table is covered in faux (washable) leather. Inspired by the Scottish targ, my husband used the same brass-brad design that he used on the copper counter-top at our breakfast bar. In the warmer months I place a mirror in the back of the fireplace to reflect candles set in river stones. Although we love a good fire!

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it”

This is the quote we placed over the pub table. There is a lot going on in this relatively small space. I didn’t want to compete with the art over the buffet, so I chose metallic lettering that would be more subtle and give the eye a place to rest. I want our guests to take the focus when we sit down to dinner!

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This is a close up of my husbands leather and brass work. (He also does period costume leather and binds antique books.) The autumn accessories were from our wedding a couple years ago. I pull them out and decorate for our anniversary each October. If I kept them out all year they wouldn’t be as special. Once a year it’s fun to relive the memories and recombined them in a new way. The box in front of the fireplace is filled with keepsakes we’ll go through on our anniversary.

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These are left over silk flowers from my bridesmaid bouquets that I threw into a basket then realized – hey that works! ! Less is more.

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Grandma’s buffet.

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Grandma’s china cabinet. I added fabric to the back of the cabinet as a backdrop for my china and to keep it from looking like a cave.

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We live in a New England seaport town, once known as the “Gateway to the Orient,” so we thought it was appropriate to add a touch of Asian artwork. My husband gave me this painting as a wedding gift. It adds just the right touch of feminine to a room than can lean very masculine in color and textures with dark wood. White woodwork freshens the balance too.

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I like to hide electronics. The wine bottle stiting atop of the CD stand is from our first date. I actually kept it!  Must have had a hunch things were going to work.

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Sparkle! I love to use this coffee and tea set that belonged to an aunt I was very close with. My mother and other aunts are thrilled to see it again and we feel her presence with us. If you have such a treasure – USE it!  It makes a simple visit with a friend that much more special.


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