6.03.2013

Our Farmhouse Dining Room

I can't believe it's been a YEAR since we moved! I remember seeing the Houston skyline in my rearview mirror as we drove out of town a year ago...and feeling suffocated by every emotion under the sun. {I'm pretty sure I cried oceans of tears.}

There's a lot I could say about the last year, but for now, I want to share the place where new friendships are growing:

Our farmhouse dining room.

We love feasting with friends, even if it's just sharing leftovers. Something magical happens when people sit at a table together and share a good meal. {And WOW does my husband know how to prepare a good meal! He focuses on the food; I focus on the beauty making. What a team!}

{Before I hung the curtains.}

When you're new to town, you don't exactly know who to invite to dinner. But before we moved, I prayed that God would make room in people's hearts for us. {Finding true friendship was my biggest fear.} In only one year's time, God has answered in a BIG way. We've met the most amazing people. A few feel like old friends already. It's as if our souls have known each other a long time.

{I love the way curtains cozy up a room. Wanting to trim down
the custom seagrass rug from my Houston dining room so that I can use it here.}


This room was once a living room. And would've made a great living room for us, too. But we needed a room long enough for my beloved dining table. {Remember all that table drama? There was no way I was giving up my custom designed table after all that drama!}



This is the only room in our house with a fireplace. The upside: we enjoyed some awesome meals with a crackling fire. The downside: it's not the best spot for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. {When I find the inspiration and motivation, I'd love to whitewash the orange brick and replace the mantle with a chunky piece of reclaimed wood.}

Here's a look at a few of the details...
because we beauty hunters always appreciate the little things!

Designed by moi...after looking at every table in the city of Houston.
{Built by a table angel. Painted by Tamara Moore in Houston.}

Bought this piece at Marburger before I even knew if the farmhouse dream
would come true. Didn't have a spot for it in Houston, so it was risky!

You already know about my crown fetish.
{A constant reminder that I'm a daughter of the King.}

And my small pot fetish.

Oh, and my basket/organization fetish.
{Turns out I have a lot of fetishes!}

Bought these napkins in Provence 8 years ago...
and they were already monogramed perfectly for me!

Made in France; purchased at Sur la Table.

My husband picked this as my birthday wine back in January. So good!

Another great use for my Warrenton olive harvesting buckets.

I thought some of you would appreciate the way to fake a pleat: ring clips!
No sewing required. Just pinch and clip.
{Linen curtains from Ikea; rods from Target. Very budget friendly!}

I was 37 when we chased our dream and moved here.
A year of courage, hope, fear, adventure, prayer, heartache...the whole spectrum!
{From City Farmhouse, my favorite antique shop in downtown Franklin.}

Oh, and the paint color:
Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. Half formula on the ceiling.

Our farmhouse dining room isn't like the one in my dreams, but the more we feast with friends here, the more dreamy it becomes! And as I sweep away the mess from this weekend's feasting, I'm feeling thankful that after only one year here, we have the sweetest friends gathering around our table.

Thankful for food and friends today!
P.S. Forgot to tell you about the light fixture. {I've developed a lighting fetish since most of the rooms in the house needed new lighting.} The dining room was lightless, so we added the Eldridge Chandelier from Ballard Designs. Different for me! At first, I was going to hang a chandelier, but it made the room feel too French in the heart of Franklin. {I like to take cues from the surrounding environment, and we're surrounded by rolling hills and farm land, not the upscale urban area that we left in Houston.} The farmhouse has provided me with a fun challenge of giving my French-inspired decor a simpler, more relaxed, sometimes industrial, sometimes country feel. Most of the things in my house aren't new; just arranged in a different way. Amazing what that can do!

46 comments:

  1. linsey i love it when you share images of your home!!!
    xoox

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    1. Thank you, Paige! It can feel silly when there are deeper things going on in my heart, but today felt like the right day. Especially in light of the friendship we enjoyed in this room over the weekend. So thankful! xoxo!

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  2. I do believe this qualifies as a tablescaping post!! (:

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    1. Ha! Only because you set the table! Only took me 6 months to post it!

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  3. Adoring your dining room. The dining room is perhaps my favourite room in any home: it brings me memories of childhood feasts around Granny's table, symbolizes gathering, family and love, and, of course, it doesn't hurt that I adore food so the obvious connection is there :) your room is one that I could picture creating special memories.

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    1. Memories around the table are the best kind!

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  4. can you pls. stop by and pick up my chin off the ground. holy cow, dying right now........I love it when you post pictures of your home! Keep em coming! xoxo

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    1. You are the sweetest! Thanks for the jaw dropping encouragement. :) It's been hard to get in the mood to share house photos again, but it's fun when I do. Makes me appreciate what we've got here! Blessings to you!

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  5. Love this dining room!!! Adore the fireplace....what a beautiful cozy home!!

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    1. Thanks! And welcome! I don't think I've seen your name before. :)

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  6. beautiful space and beautiful thoughts. I moved almost exactly a year ago too...and I haven't been as successful at finding great friends...so I'm grateful for your reminder to pray about it! Thanks for the post!

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    1. Keep praying! I prayed with confidence that God would answer, but I never expected to find friends like these so quickly. All it takes is 1 or 2 for me to feel more rooted and less alone. I hope you find your 1 or 2 soon!

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  7. It is gorgeous Lins~ love, love, love!!!
    xo~
    T

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  8. So happy to hear God has filled those needs for you in Franklin! All the better when you get to build friendships around two other loves... great food + pretty decor :) Sweet post, Linsey!

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  9. I love the fireplace in the dining room! To many times we rush through meals...this post makes me want to slow down. The idea of time with friends and family by the fire enjoying a long meal from drinks to desert sounds like the perfect evening!

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    1. There's nothing I love more than a long, drawn out meal with friends! Here's to slowing down!

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  10. I LOVE this Linsey even more than posts with pics of the dogs, even though my boys would disagree! And I am going to confess that your dining room inspired the decorating of my own dining room. I had an empty room when we bought our home in Dallas and didn't know where to begin or what style of furniture I truly wanted. I was also on a serious budget. I bought the Provence table at World Market on clearance for $249!!! My chairs are very similar to yours and were found at an antique store. From the bottom of my decoratingly challenged heart, thank you for all that you share!

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    1. Angela, so glad to know my dining room inspired you. What a steal on the World Market table! Isn't it great when you can find a look you love for a great price? I've become quite skilled at creating a tasteful home without breaking the bank. It's a fun challenge. Just takes lots of patience!

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  11. ADORE!!!! It's gorgeous!! And the light fixture, swoon-worthy! I LOVE IT, Linsey-Girl! It's just beautiful, and I know the sweet conversations and lovely friendships happening their are God-filled. XOXO!

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    1. You have great taste, Amanda, so if you're swooning, I'm feeling like a million bucks! :) I hope you'll come sit around my table some day!

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  12. Beautiful farmhouse dining room, Linsey. I love each and every detail.

    Faith and I are ready in the next couple of weeks to come for a visit if that's okay with y'all. We will just come and hang out for the day if that would work. Yes, I am inviting myself.

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    1. You are ALWAYS invited! I'll email you.

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  13. Absolutely divine! I love your La Rochere bee glasses too I spotted on the table. If you are in need of more, Tuesday Morning has them this week at a super great
    price. Can't get enough of beautiful glasses and china!

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    1. Good eye! A friend gave them to me, knowing I'd love them. I loved popping into Tuesday Morning in Houston, but haven't found a good one here.

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  14. Very beautiful. I love how it looks. Simple but elegant. A wonderful collaboration of styles to make it perfect for your farm house dining room.

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    1. Thanks, Katey. "SImple elegance" is always how I've defined my style. :)

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  15. Love it all especially the table. I am wanting to find some wood and have my husband redo our kitchen tabletop. So glad you have shared a room. I hope you don't wait too long to share more. Thanks for the curtain clipping idea. Must go fix mine. I visited City Farmhouse shop last time I was in Nashville. Love it and follow them on fb.

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  16. So beautiful, such detail! Treasured memories being built! What blessings!!

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  17. Dinners at home with family and friends is my most favourite thing to do! That hutch was just meant to be! Love the chicken wire on it and all your pretty details.

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  18. I LOVE this room and must know more about that wall color:)

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    1. Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. I also used it in my Houston home if you'd like to see it in other rooms.

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  19. This was really fun! Thank you so much for sharing your diningroom~

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  20. Beautiful Linsey... Anyone would be lucky to be a guest in your home!!!

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  21. Wow, I believe in being led to people/things/opportunities in our lives, but this is truly...amazing. I found your blog/website a year ago when I too moved into a new home and I was searching online for a zinc topped dining table. I still haven't found the right table, but trust it will come with time. I want to replace the lighting in the dining room as well, I use french linens, and I've felt that aloneness of moving, but am thrilled to be out of the city. Love syncronicity! Getting inspiration about helping my home reflect my family and hearing someone else who has those moments of being unsure about the move has kept me reading. Question: how does one decide between a round table and rectangular in a dining space?

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    1. I love the way God connects people...even through the internet! :) For a more square room, a round table would be great. For a longer, narrower room, a rectangle table all the way. It also helps to think about what else you'd like to put in the room, but the room shape is the most important thing to consider in my non-professional opinion. :)

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  22. So inspiring!!! Want your table. Or one just like it:)

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  23. Linsey, so glad you are settling in and making friends. The whole house is gorgeous and inspiring!! Please come over and hang out and bring the girls to swim :)

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  24. i have always adored your style
    and i love the way you have switched things up at the farm
    and used things in different places and ways
    but i can see how some things just don't "go" in the country
    but that is ok...gives you reason to go beauty hunting
    some more:)
    cheers....xo

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  25. I NEVER get tired of seeing pics of your home.
    You are gifted at homemaking....
    I love the clean feel of each room....absolutely calming and beautiful.

    that room is magnificent.

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  26. What an absolutely gorgeous space!!!

    xo

    :) T

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  27. Hi Linsey, I am new to your blog and love your home and style. I am wondering if you could share the source for your candle sconces in your dining room? Thanks for sharing your home with us.

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    1. Welcome and thank you! The sconces are from Wisteria many years ago. {One of my favorite online shopping sources for the home.}

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    2. Thank you! I love Wisteria too. I wish they would bring them back. I have been looking everywhere for a pair and have had no luck - at least not in my price range (sigh).

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  28. Love your dining room! I'm researching this light for our dining room. It's the only light source in the room. Does it give off enough light?

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  29. Love your dining room! I'm researching this light for our dining room. It's the only light source in the room. Does it give off enough light?

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"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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