Fête le Printemps…a Living Room/Dining Room SWAP!

Mar 21, 2010 | French Farmhouse Design, Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 10 comments

Hmmmm… A Dining Room Makeover?   Sure – let’s do it!
Here we are… it’s the first day of Spring and it’s snowing on my darling Crocuses.
Why am I not surprised?
Nature is going to be making some beautiful changes over the next few weeks… I felt like “giving it a go” too!
So what did I do?
Well, I did what any normal (read: insane) woman with three children under 4 1/2 and a 500 pound dining room table would do…
I swapped my living room for my dining room!
The idea came last year after a dinner party when I thought that perhaps the next time we entertained I would swap rooms just for the night to make manuvering around the table a little easier for our guests.  Well, why wait for the next night of entertainment?  Why not create a GRAND dining room, DRAMATIC with our huge table smack in the middle?
Why not create a cozy, intimate, parlor type living room with our lovely sofa and little collection of trumeaux?
Yeah!  Why not?
Pourquoi pas?
So, a few “heave ho” ‘s later (or as the French say, Oh isse!)  Voila, out with the old, in with the new…
Vive le Printemps!
Today I will (hopefully) entertain you with photos of the “new” dining room and tomorrow… our cozy little living room…
New to the farmhouse you say?  And you don’t know what the room looked like before?
DIning Room Makeover
I am loving the space around the table…there is a good 4 feet along the benches and 8 feet on the ends!  The room “feels” really good.  Comfortable.  I find myself doing laps around the table while I talk on the telephone.
DIning Room Makeover
DIning Room Makeover
Our little faux fireplace sort of has to stay where it is (it’s a symmetry thing)… unless I really want to live on the edge…I suppose it could go over to the left.  I swapped out the alabaster lamps with the to die for shades and put one my desk and one in the new living room… I put my little orange tasseled lamps in their place and added the gold baskets on either side of the mirror…I stole those from the powder room.
DIning Room Makeover
Experiments in Sepia, I could not get any of these photographs to match…dommage.
I decided to “tablescape” (there’s that word that bugs me) with all the leftover accessories…I think it came out O.K.
A sneak peak of the new living room looking into the new dining room…
Dining Room Makeover
“a demain”!
See you tomorrow!   I hope you enjoyed this Living Room/Dining Room Makeover!
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  1. Miss Gracie's House

    What fun! this is beautiful but what really blessed me was the post below about homeschooling…YOU’VE GOT IT!…It is so cool to read…it’s so where I was 25 years ago when I began…the excitement of learning…together…let me tell you…it changed my family…we have been blessed…GOD is good…He is faithful…I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and just today discovered your mama’s…oh what fun I’ve had!

  2. Anci

    It looks so good ! I will return to your blog (which seems to be lovely) to see the rest.

    Have a nice Sunday


  3. Fabulously french

    Wow – it looks tres, tres, belle.

    Bon weekend a toi,

    Leeann x

  4. Jenny

    it is, how do you say? Enchanting! Blessings to you and your dear family!

  5. Sophia Mnemosyne

    WOW!!!! It is so beautiful … I especially love the way you arranged the items on the table. I look forward to seeing the livingroom tommorrow. Have a great day!

  6. French Kissed

    Just love what you have done with this room and can’t wait to see the rest. But the bigger delight was to do some catching up and to see all of the photos of your precious children and to see how they are obviously responding to all of the love and attention your pour into them. Seriously, you can see it in their eyes and on those adorable little faces. ~jermaine~

  7. Belle de Ville

    Lovely. I can imagine some wonderful dinner parties at that table.

  8. The Norwegian

    Oh! You had so much fun. I love the comfy chair and the mantel in the DINING ROOM. They draw you into the room- there’s more to do in a dining room than dine!
    You are very clever. Nothing like a change…especially when we are restless as winter draws to a close. Can’t wait to see your parlot…

  9. BonjourRomance

    What energy you have! Your dining room looks beautiful, sometimes a change is good. My mother was forever loving furniture, we used to kid her about it all the time.

    Can’t believe you had snow again after gardening in warm weather – don’t worry I’m sure those crocuses and tulips will make an appearance shortly!
    Happy Sunday to you,

  10. Isabelle Lafleche

    What a gorgeous home and blog you have! It’s sublime!



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