To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper: Dining Room Plans

Here’s how the dining room looks at the moment. Well, not this exact moment, but when the table’s cleaned off: The dining room is a funny trouble spot, in that I’ve never been happy with it even though I am pretty happy with the furniture in it and, with the exception of the chairs, that hasn’t changed much since we moved … Continue reading

A Use What You’ve Got (Plus Maybe Some Thrifted Christmas Plates) Christmas Table

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I’ve got one more Christmassy post for you today, and then I’m going to take off on a blogging hiatus until after New Year’s (at least here. I have some catching up to do on the travel blog, so I hope to get at least one more post up there before … Continue reading

A Summer Table Courtesy of Our Awesome House Sitters and Thrifting

I’ve been meaning to do a summer table for the blog since…well, since back when it was still going to be a spring table. I’ve been working on putting together a collection of blue and white transfer-ware for awhile now, and I finally had enough to fill a table (along with some other recent acquisitions). But I never quite got … Continue reading

Impulsive Dining Room Changes: Pottery Barn Chairs

I’ve been meaning to write a post for a few weeks now about changes I’d like to make in our dining room, but I could never figure out quite what I wanted to say, because I can never figure out quite what I want to do in the dining room. Here’s hoping the impulse buy we made for the dining … Continue reading

A French Impressionist Dining Room…..or not

My dining room is difficult. It’s always been difficult. Like, one of my very first blog posts was about these lamps I painted for the dining room. And pretty much everyone in the world was like, “Gretchen, those are not good lamps,” even Dave, who has few opinions on such things. And I stuck with the lamps for awhile, probably … Continue reading

Organize! The Dining Room

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I haven’t read that book about tidying up that everyone else is reading these days, but I gather that the main idea is “get rid of all your crap,” which I am already totally on board with. Also something about not holding on to things that don’t “spark joy,” which I … Continue reading

Squirrel Chairs!

Just an FYI before I get to the squirrel chairs: this will be my last post of 2014. I decided to take my first ever break from blogging (I mean, since I started this blog anyway) while Dave’s out for winter break. (I looked back at the week after Abe was born, and I posted FIVE times in those seven … Continue reading

Dare to Entertain: This Year’s Woodland Animal Holiday Table

It’s Dare to Entertain week at the Dare to DIY link party, hosted this week by Michelle at Decor and the Dog! Today you get another post that’s mostly pictures and not nearly as many millions of words as I usually throw in, for three reasons: 1. We were really busy daring to entertain my in-laws all last week 2. … Continue reading

Woodland Animals Banner: Dare to DIY

This week’s Dare to DIY theme is Be Thankful, and you know what I’m thankful for? Woodland animals. Because they are adorable. (Really, this week I’m thankful that we appear (knock wood) to be ALL DONE WITH DIAPERS around here. That’s right: my just turned 22 month old is a potty training prodigy. At least compared to his brothers. Nothing … Continue reading

Life Beyond the Basement: Upcoming Furniture Projects

Sometimes it’s a little hard to remember that there will come a time–like maybe this weekend–when we’ll be working on parts of our house other than the basement again. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to BUY things for other parts of our house. One of the nice things about finishing the room in our basement is that I … Continue reading