Monday, February 22, 2010

Terra Cottage-Dining Room

Welcome to the dining room at Terra Cottage.
It's a small space, 10x10.
The table may look small but it actually opens to a full size table with the leaves stored within the table itself.
It's a great space saver:).
Details of the vignette atop the china cabinet.
Gingerbread peeks out from behind pink roses.
No Victorian home is complete without gingerbread:).
This particular piece of gingerbread divides the living and dining rooms.
Hubby designed and created this tile floor at the back door which stands up well to the dirt that we, and the dogs, traipse in from the gardens.
Detail of the scrollwork on the china cabinet.
Close-up of the ornately carved table leg.
Instead of using a matching set of six chairs we have three pairs of chairs
(that kinda sounds like a Dr. Suess book-'they have three pairs of chairs at the table by the stairs':).
Each pair has it's own look.
A cherub graces each corner of the swag above the French doors. The cherubs were purchased at a local discount store for a few dollars. The swag is several yards of discontinued fabric at a big box store for $1 a yard. I sewed the gold fringe to each end, draped it across the doorway, and added tassels and the cherubs. For a few dollars and a little bit of time the overall look works well in a Victorian home.
Attention to detail is key in creating the look you want-right down to the door knob.
A pair of vintage sconces frames the buffet. These were a steal at $40 for the pair at a local antiques store. I added the globes and crystal dangles and voila-a functional set of Victorian style sconces to add a little romance to the dining room.

Thank you for joining me in the dining room. Please feel free to stay for some wine and cheese:).

I also wanted to thank all of my blogland buddies for your very gracious and kind comments-it is such a blessing to have such wonderful friends!

Remember-it's not the size of the house that makes it liveable-it's the amount of love found within!


Bevie said...

I'm so happy to be the first to say "This is absolutely Gorgeous" How awesome it must be to have all that beauty around as you live your I'm in awe!!!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Such a pretty post... words and pics

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Ok Kim let me wipe the drool off my keyboard here WOW!! Did I ever tell you I L♥ve your home...Oh girl I'm doing my happy dance seeing so much Victorian beauty...Love your dining room and all your fretwork is beautiful girl..the table is to die 4 and evn you china wow!! Listen I just did a post and put your name on there for people to come and see your wonderful home...I just know they will enjoy it as much as I do...Hope you have a GREAT day my victorian friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

June said...

Kim what a pleasure to see your dining room. It's so beautiful. Special pieces of furniture everywhere. Now, when do we eat?
Is Kramer coming?

Shelia said...

Hi! I've come to visit you through Gloria's blog 'Happy to Be'. She was saying she had met a kindred Victorian spirit in you! Your blog is so beautiful, but I wish you would make your photos larger so we could really enjoy seeing your beautiful home and pretties. Just a suggestion.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I love your Dining Room! Gorgeous! Are the walls painted gold??? My Dining Room is only 10' x 10 ' also. Love that Victorian Style!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

Loved having a look around the dinning room, thanks for showing us around and the wine and cheese.
Everything is beautiful.


Deanna said...

Lovely Diningroom! So pretty and pleasant.

Just what the Doctor ordered! Cheese and wine...I brought the crackers!


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Kim...

I am just coming from my sweet friend, Gloria's! I just had to come and meet you...especially after Gloria told of your love of all things Victorian!

Ohhh my...your dining room is absolutely gorgeous!!! I just love the look and feel...such a sweet ambiance of a "day gone by"!!! Of course, I had to enlarge all of your photos so that I could "drink in" all the lovely details! My friend, you seem to be a master of layering! You are absolutely right about it all being in the details!!! And have, my friend!!! What a fabulous dining room table and have some really beautiful pieces, Kim!!! And...I love how you did your swag over the french doors...sooo beautiful! The cherubs at the corners of the sway...adorable and sooo Victorian!!! Love, love, LOVE that fabulous vignette that you showcased! I was wondering if the pretty gold piece with all the ornate detailing is a frame? Just curious! It makes a lovely backdrop for that vignette!!! Ohhh...and all that gorgeous gingerbread fretwork...ahhhh!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing your fabulous Victorian dining room with us...this was such a treat!!! I'm so glad that Gloria introduced you on her blog!

Just wanted to let you know that I have added your delightful blog to my list of blog follows! I am really looking forward to your upcoming well as going back through some of your past posts! It's so very nice to meet you, Kim!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!
I always loved the old glass door knobs. When I was little my Grandparents home had them on some French Doors. I always thought they were huge diamonds.... The mind of a child!!

Debby said...

WOW!!! So Gorgeous, what a beautiful home you have.

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous, Kim! It reminds me so much of my Great-Grandmother's dinig room, which was a very special place indeed!
LOVE the photo of the gingerbread & shadows - timeless beauty!
Thanks for visiting me at my little blog - it is a delight to visit yours!

PAPER GIRL said...

Ditto Kim!

thanks for sharing the beauty of your dinning room. I love all the detail shots. Especially love Detail of the scrollwork on your china cabinet...

Thanks too for your kind words about my art. I hope you know you are very much appreciated :)
Many blessings for the day,

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely cottage! This is my first visit. I'm so glad you came to visit me. I will come back to see you often!

Susan and Bentley

Fete et Fleur said...

Your dining room is beautiful. You've created a wonderland in there! You're right, it is love that makes a home.

Paula said...

Oh, Kim, Kim, Kim! You KNOW I love it! From one Victorian home owner to another....WHEN CAN YOU COME HELP ME DECORATE???!!! I need you! :-) It's so gorgeous! I love your attention to detail. And even the door knob is fabulous. Would you believe I was just looking at door knobs at an online seller over the weekend, and I nearly swallowed my tongue when I saw the prices! Any tips on where to find these beauties at a reasonable price? You've done such a beautiful job with your home. I hope mine looks half as good as yours someday. It's a constant work in progress!

Have a happy Tuesday!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

I just love tours of your beautiful Terra Cottage!!! It's always a treat to have you invite us in!!!!
I see Kramer (little ham) in the corner...he's so sneaky. I think he was waving to me ;)
My favorite detail (besides Kramer) would have to be the tile floor at the entrance from the french doors. Love love love it.
And...I love your last true!

Piney Rose said...

How beautiful! You have done a wonderful job - everything blends together so nicely.

Paula said...

Dear Kim,

I am so glad you are sharing more of your beautiful Terra Cottage!!! Your dining room is gorgeous and so very Victorian!!! I love the curtains you made over the French doors. What great prices you paid for such loveliness!!! You are so creative and talented. The tiles your dear hubby designed are so pretty. I loved seeing all of the pretty details and vignettes everywhere! The table and chairs are just lovely. I especially like all the different carvings on the chairs. Your home is so beautiful and so welcoming! You have done a wonderful job making it look just like it came from the Victorian era. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to seeing more!

Much love,

Sandi said...

Beautiful dining room!! I love your vintage sconces!

Sandra said...

How beautiful! I think one of my favourite things is the tiled floor by the doors. I love it, well, actually I loved the whole room. What time is dinner? :o)

Eastlake Victorian said...


I just love your dining room! I wish I had space for a dining room. We just have some card tables we set up when we have people over for the holidays. I really admire the tiles your husband put in! What a great idea! Do you mind if I steal that idea? They look like encaustic tiles from the Victorian era. I've been wondering what to do at my door (the previous owners laid some ugly modern tiles on my hardwood floor, and people are always tripping on them). I like the way yours are sunk in at the same level as the floor. Brilliant!

I also love your gingerbread, rug, wall color... just about everything is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful and welcoming home you have created!


Diane Costanza said...

I love evrything about your home. You ahve a great sense of style.