Well, I sorta already showed my dining "room" on the SUYL--Kitchens from Kelly's Korner, but I will go ahead and share it again! A few of those who viewed my pictures commented on my teapot collection, so I will share a bit more about that. We actually just had a friend from work over with her boyfriend and son. My kitchen area turned into a disaster:
BUT I think that is a sign that it was a successful meal! (This picture was taken after they left, and I started cleaning up.) Some of my favorite things to cook include chicken pot pie with lots of veggies; cobbler; French toast; roast beef; red, white, and black bean chili; and Cadbury chip brown sugar cookies. For this dinner, I made baked chicken with McClard's seasoning, mashed potatoes from scratch, green beans with thyme, buttery corn, homemade cheddar bay biscuits (like the ones at Red Lobster!), and Nutella cookies with peanut butter. Enjoy another look around the heart of our home!
This is how our kitchen usually looks. This is looking into our dining "room" from the kitchen.
looking into our dining area from the living room
Our table is an antique Duncan Phyfe dining table! A couple from Zach's parents' church gave it to us when we got married because they were switching from two residences to one. It needs to be refinished, but it is just beautiful. It seats six, but we keep one chair in our bedroom for sitting. I love imagining all of the different meals shared at this table and all of the different people who have sat down at it. Zach's Momo made the lace tablecloth several years ago and gave it to me for my birthday. The vase in center was made by Zach's mom who is very into pottery. All of the birdy items were gifts from my birthday week that Zach's mom organized this year since I was recovering from surgery during that time, and the ironwork napkin holder was a wedding gift (I don't remember from whom.) The rug, which you really can't see, was purchased with wedding gift money. And I'm a new seamstress! Zach got me this sewing machine for Christmas last year!
the original needlework on the dining chairs
We wish we had the money to restore them to their former glory, but we can't right now. We are planning to cover them with some fabric to protect the needlework and better match our decor at some point.
I keep cookbooks, photo albums, yearbooks, photo boxes, picture frames, and scrapbook clutter on this shelf. It needs to be better organized. (That is one of my goals for this coming month!) Our Willow Tree collection that we received from my mama, Grandma Byrd, and aunts on my dad's side are on top of the shelf along with a decanter that has been in my family forever. The Alice in Wonderland bag was a birthday gift from my friend Katie; I used it in grad school, but now it holds fabric scraps.
This china cabinet belonged to one of Zach's great aunts and was given to us by his parents to use since they weren't using it. It holds my teapot collection, including our Alice in Wonderland collection. (More on that in a second!) The horse paintings were Zach's uncle's; he passed away before I met Zach. :( On top are some plants from my mom, a set of candleholders that were left in our first apartment, and the tiered serving dish that was a wedding gift from some ladies at Zach's parents' church. Our kitties sleep on the ottoman to the right; we store coupons in the basket.
Oh, and our chandelier can be dimmed, so we have MOOD lighting! But it makes for very bad lighting for pictures. *lol*
This is a somewhat better look at my teapots.
The top row has my Alice in Wonderland teapot (in the center) that Zach got me for Christmas when we were dating. (It was the only Christmas we celebrated while dating because we got married exactly a year after we met on September 19!) What is funny is that I got him a voucher for high tea at the Intercontinental on the Plaza when we were going to KC after New Year's (along with the dark blue tea cup you will see on the back of the second shelf--great minds think alike! :). For my 24th birthday following that Christmas, he gave me several of the Alice pieces (plates and cups) during my birthday week, and his parents gave us the creamer pitcher the next Christmas. My mama kept getting forgetting what fairy tale was behind our fairy tale...and gave me the Cinderella snow globe for Christmas after we were married. *lol* There's also a small white toy tea set I had when I was a little girl; I used it for my Samantha doll.
Left to right: The rose teacup and saucer came from my best friend Monica (it was her Nan's; Nan passed away last year, and I loved her like a grandma, too); Zach's blue cup from our first Christmas together was mentioned above; this red housewarming teapot is from Brian and Whitney (they were our primary matchmakers); the burgundy and tan teapot that stacks on its cup was a birthday present from my roommate Rose; the Union Jack teapot was one of my souvenirs from my study abroad trip; the book teapot was a birthday gift from my sister-in-law; and the Japanese cup was bought on one of my many LR trips to Whole Foods.
Left to right: The pastel polka doted teapot and cup was found at a flea market by my SIL; the plate commemorating Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding was a gift from my in-laws for my 26th birthday last year (my mother-in-law's best friend Fiona is Scottish and picked it up while she was visiting her family); the purple flowered teapot was a housewarming gift from my friend Katie when Monica and I got our apartment during grad school; and the simple flowered teapot was Zach's when he went away to college.
And there you have it! Want to come over for a hot cuppa?