Today, I am excited to welcome TSLL readers into my home. Over the next four weeks, I will open my doors for room tours that will show you how I live my simply luxurious life. Mixing treasures found at yard sales and created from DIY projects with dream items that are a results of patience and careful planning, my hope is to inspire you to realize we all can create a sanctuary on our unique everyday budget.
So come on in!
Intimate dinner parties have always been a favorite social occasion of mine. There is something about a handful of people, as small as two or as many as eight or ten, crowded around a dining table that has too many stories to tell of its own, engaged in theatrical conversation while the food is savored and the wine continues to be poured.
While wooden chairs certainly would work wonderfully, I have always dreamed of finding regal, yet comfortable upholstered chairs for my dining room, and so it happened that Restoration Hardware’s Martine armchairs were discounted and I pounced. Choosing perennial white linen which is more durable, when they were delivered, my dream of simply luxurious style had been delivered as well.
However the chairs are the only high-price item you will find. The oak dining room table was discovered in pieces at a yard sale for less than $100. With a little elbow grease and wood-working talents by my father, I had a dining room with grand legs that still make me swoon. And the light fixture was also found at a yard sale for $20 and happened to match other ceiling lights that already existed in my home. Serendipity!
The buffet and the accompanying mirror were both treasures discovered at yet another garage sale that I continually pinch myself over. Stocked with linens, vases and other occasional items, it offers an ideal place for drinks and appetizers.
When I first began to choose wall decor for my home, I wanted art, but I couldn’t necessarily afford original pieces. So, I went about selecting prints of artwork that captured my eye and my heart. Due to my love of the ocean and being a professed romantic, I chose Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler and finished it with a simple frame. For less than $200, I had polished wall decor that spoke to my sensibilities.
To add height and welcome a touch of Mother Nature into the space, I recently placed an orchid in the corner. Exceeding my expectations, I was beyond happy when my florist, Holly’s Flowers in Walla Walla, revealed its grandeur upon stopping by to pick up the hydrangeas and other details for the photo shoot.
Click here to discover tips and steps on how to care for your very own orchid and ensure that it lasts for years.
Well, now I think it’s time for a dinner party, what do you think? Click here to peruse another room in TSLL home. Thanks for stopping by!
~Shop the Room:
~print of Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler
~bamboo Roman shades can be found at Home Depot
~Chocolate curtains were found at Target