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Friday, April 29, 2011

My Country French Farm House Table

is having FARM HOUSE TABLE meme this week...
and I LUV to play in her memes.
PART of this post is from the past and
part is *today*....
Here's a neat thing about todays designs...
You can call your STYLE anything you want to.
Some days, my dining room is SHABBY...
Some days, it's COUNTRY...
Some days, it's ROMANTIC PRAIRIE, which it MOSTLY is.
ONCE UPON A TIME....
there were some very BROWN dining chairs...
Since I am a "LOVE PAINTED FURNITURE" person,
these chairs were NOT my favorite thing in my dining room...
....a LITTLE natural furniture is ok...
but a large farm house table in brown oak, 
6 OAK chairs and a large OAK buffet
WAS TOO MUCH FOR ME...!

I reached for the paint can MANY times but MR. SWEET sucked air through his teeth
and his eyes rolled so far back, I was sure, ONCE AGAIN, that he might never
be able to focus them again !!

BUT, THEN.... my friend wanted to sell her almost new CREAMY WHITE dining chairs...
Although I PROMISE I never really PRAYED for creamy white dining chairs,
I TOOK THIS AS A SIGN FROM ABOVE...
and when she said...
$150.00 for ALL SIX,
I got that money to her so fast it caused me to pass a little gas !
....and, may I just say....
OH HONEY !
My farm house table came ALIVE when
the creamy white chairs came to live with it.
These chairs made my dining room
GROW UP OVERNIGHT....!!!
Yes, ma'am....they surely did.
I love to change up the table setting and I do it pretty often...
Loved these beautiful flowering branches and basket of whites.

I love my french country farmhouse chandy...I love the chunkyness of it..
It seems to "hold it's own" with the heavy, long oak table beneath it...and I really love the white glass globes. This was found at a local FLEA MARKET about 18 years ago for $45.00....
I've wondered several times if I should paint the base of it...somehow, I like the brushed brass.
I also love SHINY brass and am VERY slow to ever paint over it....
I have  been eyeing the ORB spray at Walmart, tho....

Of course, just about the time I get it sprayed bronze,
the brushed brass will start showing up in POTTERY BARN catalogs.

Some of you might know that I am a
TABLE CLOTH PERSON.....big time !
BUT...
I'm giving this nekked table a few days to see if I like it better...
**
I do love a pretty tablecloth but....
these ADORABLE CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS
are makin' this brown table look lots better....
I put some vintage shutter SWINGING DOORS
up beside my windows...
I had BLUE TRANSFERWARE plates hanging there but...
they have been there 6 or 7 years and I wanted something new...
...to match
THE CHAIRS...
 Now this table dressing REALLY takes on a
Country French feel...
At first, these shutters  looked STRANGE to me...
you know how you get used to something one way and when
you change it, it takes awhile before you know if you're
gonna like it or not...
but, so far...I like the frenchy farm house  look it adds
to my BED AND BREAKFAST dining room...
The one with the
LOVED, CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS !!
I'm tellin' ya....it's ALL ABOUT THE CHAIRS.!
This next photo is one of two benches MR. SWEET made for me.
When there's no little butts to sit on it,
I like something pretty on this one beneath my mom's quilt.
This is another way I like to decorate THE BENCH..
A little country french going on here.
I'VE been hanging out in the dining room since I am IN LOVE with it again...
and dining rooms make me hungry...
I had lemons....
and our SWEET TOOTH was wanting a.....PIE
....if I could have only ONE dessert in the world...I WOULD CHOOSE PIE !!
See the 1954 calendar plate?
It belonged to MR. SWEET'S momma...
*One of our kids or grands will get it if they want it...
I really don't think it's all that pretty but...
sentiment, ya know....
Frankly.....
I like this plain white vintage plate with a piece of
LEMON PIE
much better !
;>)

Isn't it so wonderful when you get something that you just LOVE and you spend half the day walking back in there to LOOK at it all over again ?
It STILL blows my mind that the white chairs make the
olden farm house table look so much better than the brown chairs did.
The sun is shinning bright out my window...
Hope your day is FILLED with sunshine !!
linking with:

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL 
FAVORITE THINGS SATURDAY
SWEETS FOR A SATURDAY
SEASONAL SUNDAY
MET MONDAY
MANY THANKS TO ALL THE LOVELIES THAT HOST THESE FUN MEMES EACH WEEK.
We had homemade monkey bread and sweet cherries
while we watch THE WEDDING...
*
Thank you for coming by Sweet Nothings..
I hope this is going to be a really good week for all of us.
xoxo bj
To all affected by the terrible storms,
my prayers.

44 comments:

Donnie said...

Those chairs are perfect and your dining area is just beautiful. Loved the wedding and I hope the paparazzi leaves them be, at least for awhile. Our prayers are also with all those affected by the weather.

Annesphamily said...

Oh my goodness! Those chairs are purely magical in your sweet dining room! I would love to come sit there with you and enjoy your monkey bread! You are a one of a kind lady! Happy weekend to you and have a terrific Pink Saturday and enjoy your tablescapes. You really put up a nifty post! Hugs and Blessings Anne

MeMeSue said...

Everything in your room looks AWESOME!! And the chairs...drool!

laurie said...

such a wonderful post,, a little bit of everything,,such a wonderful country home you have so cozy and welcoming,,

NanaDiana said...

Just when I swear on my husband's mother's life (okay-she is already dead-you got me there)..anyway..just when I SWEAR that I am not going to follow one more blog (because I am getting crazy here) I find another one that I HAVE to sign up to see what this other crazy person is going to do next....uh...that would be you. So, God bless ya, sweetie...you are stuck with me now and I will be here like white on rice...Amen! Hugs from your newest follower- Diana

Designs By Pinky said...

I just love your new white chairs and think they are perfect with your "plden" table:):) Today was a WONDERFUL day for me: our daughter graduated from College (at the age of 40). She graduated with homors too!!!! She did this in night scholl while workiing full time: I am SOOOOOO very proud of her and happy for her!!!! You are one of a kind, a sweet, great lady!!! I am so glad I "know" you!!!! XO, Pinky

Susan said...

Your farmhouse table is perfect!! But I am loving that beautiful quilt in the background!!

Designs By Pinky said...

Good GRIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just came back and saw all my typos!!!!!!!!!!! You must be wondering how in the world my daughter graduated from college with HER as a Mother:):):).......

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love your dining room and the white chairs are perfect. Yes, it is such fun to get something you really love and just stare at it for a while. The shutters are fabulous also. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

All that food would make me one happy person. Regarding your question, it would be nice to have a recipe especially since people can't resist such yummy goodies and want to recreate them. This way, they'd be able to enjoy all your treats for themselves. Thanks for always linking up.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love, love, loving your farmhouse table BJ! I love your entire home. It is so country French, Farmhouse, prarie wonderful. Warm and inviting....can I come stay a while?
xo
Penny

Vee said...

Hahahaha...that little flower girl just makes that picture.

Oh I see what you mean. It is all about the white chairs. They look great. And where are your brown chairs now? Your description of your hubby sucking air through his teeth made me laugh as did other discussions. You're a hoot!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh wow! your dining room looks so pretty and inviting.
Love the white chairs. I'm thinking of painting mine and definitely need to re-do the seats...(Grands!)
I'm undecided on color though. Yours are great! And you're right they make your table LOOK SO GREAT!

from FJI #79
reading the Farm table stories, Pat

Sarah said...

BJ, your dining room is so cozy. Wish we had a fire place in our dining room. ;-)
Isn't that photo of the wedding kiss with little Grace covering her ears the most precious image? Classic! ~ Sarah

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh BJ the chairs are perfect. And what a steal. Wow! Your dining room is beautiful love every bit of it. As I always say, you are the decorating queen! Really, you are a talented gal. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs to you, Karie

Jeannie said...

You have a very lovely dining room...love the country look!

Lounging with a Latte said...

The chairs look great and really do lift the room. That Lemon Pie looks delicious!

Pat said...

Beautiful chairs for your table BJ!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love your dining table and chairs, BEEEEJ! I especially love your chandy. It is perfect for the space!

Jo said...

BJ...I'm blown away at the difference,just painting the chairs white!...absolutely lovely country french.
Your dinning room is so inviting and comfortable,thanks for invite and yes I'll have some pie,thanks!

I had brunch in the bedroom,last week,come have some red pepper omelet!
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

Little Brick Ranch said...

LOVE IT!!! BJ - what a steal!! $150 for all 6. I am in desperate need of a dining room AND some chairs but I only have space for a 4-6'er. Tiny little nook. Eh - thats's ok...everyone hangs in the kitchen anyway! :)

Lillie Mae Acres said...

The chairs look great, the whole room does. So pretty, and yes it's a collection of style so whatever you call it works. Thanks for all the inspirational pics, and have a good weekend.

xinex said...

I love your dining area. It is very, very charming, BJ! Love the painted chairs too. I really enjoyed looking around, so warm and inviting!...Christine

Stacey said...

BJ, this is such a great post! I love your frenchy farm dining room. :) When you add that lemon pie in there, it just couldn't be any better.

Your blog looks amazing! Can't wait for school to be out so I can play at home too.

Southern Fried Gal said...

You are so right - those creamy chairs were exactly what your table needed. It's amazing the difference! I love your style - very soothing to the eye.

Thanks for stopping over for a visit!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

BJ, I still cannot get over much those gorgeous white chairs transformed that table and the enitre room. It came alive. Love the chandy. That would have been my choice. It really anchors the space. I think I would leave it just like it is. I like a mix of elements and the metal is a nice touch.
Hugs, Sue
P.S. Pie is my absolute favorite too. I love nothing more then a piece of homemade apple pie and a cup of coffee in the morning. BLISS!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

The white chair addition really made this area sing! Excellent call! Lovely home! There's so much to take in. That was fun!

Donna

Gina said...

I can't believe the difference the chairs make. I thought it looked good in the before picture till I saw the white chairs. Your dining room is beautiful!!!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think the lamp looks great as it is.:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I have always loved your gorgeous dining room Bj! Your mother quilt is one of my favorite things about it, such a brilliant spot of color:>) Love the chairs too, and you may be interested to know that I recently heard that brass is on the way back! Besides, so many have gone bronze now it just feels like joining the crowd, and we don't want to do that do we?

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm a tablecloth addict too BJ, but I'm liking your table nekked, it looks good! There's that lemon pie again... oh boy! I really enjoyed the wedding yesterday, loved every minute. They just seem so happy:@)

Ginny said...

Hi Bj, thanks for visiting my blog! Funny, I have gotten so many comments about my remark on not taking vacations! But it's true. Never in my whole life! Maybe I should contact the Guiness Book Of World Records? Hmmm...perhaps I can milk this for all it's worth? You have a lovley blog, and I adore your dining room. I liked it before, but now even better! And I love that big wall clock I see in the background. Hey, we have many of the same favorite movies!!! Almost all of them! Wow, you have so many followers!!!! But I can see why, you are very artistic photographer.

Ginny said...

P.S. You maybe read about my no vacations on Betsy's blog comments? Do you follow her? We are good friends and finally arranged to meet each other, it was great fun!!! Her and George are great fun!

tammylovesdishes said...

Your new white chairs look great in the dining room. I like those placemats, too, and the white table runner. My colors and I love checks.

That pie looks so good. Oh boy, BJ, you make the best looking goodies!
Tammy

Angela said...

I love the white chairs! It's amazing how it changed the room!
~Angela

Debby said...

Loving the chairs. I think I am going to go buy some paint and paint mine white. Have a good week as well.

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Hi BJ!
Thanks for your kind comment and for following our blog. I'm happily following you now, too! Your white chairs complement your farm table beautifully. Nicely done!

Vicki @ Curly Willow said...

BJ, thanks for stopping by Curly Willow... I love your new white chairs. They look lovely with the white chandy. And my vote is no tablecloth. Your table is beautiful, enjoy it!!

Sincerely Mama said...

ah, I love it! I feel like we just had a little visit in your dining room. So sweet. . .

Pat said...

BJ you are just a HOOT! I laughed and laughed at your comments in your entry today. Yes, those chairs make all the difference, BUT you also just have a knack for decorating. NOW, I want your recipe for the beautiful meringue. Mine never looks like that.

Pat, your newest follower

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Your dining room is just lovely! But I have say I would jump through hoops for a slice of that pie! Looks fantastic!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh BJ, you crack me up! I swear, I passed gas when you said that you did, just because I was laughing so hard, I couldn't stop it! Your chairs look fabulous, and so does that pie~oh, how I'd love a slice of that. Love the way you decorated your little bench with the Frenchy looking cloth. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Beth in NC said...

Oh BJ, you make me want to find some creamy white chairs!!! I love them with your brown table!

I always love your tablescapes! I haven't been by in FOREVER -- do you still remember me? You always make me want to redo things here at my own house!

Glad to see you're still creative and doing well!

Blessings!
Beth

Kathleen said...

Love your table, it looks great!