11/21/2009

Welcome to the 31st "Sunday Favorites"


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.

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Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 31st run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

** I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! I have been busy this weekend planning for Thanksgiving! It will be a quiet Thanksgiving this year...just us and the kids. Although it's alot of work to go to for just four people, I will cook the "traditional" turkey with all the trimmings! I have been visiting some of the "cooking blogs"...hoping to find a new recipe to add into the mix!
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What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?
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Since my attention is turned toward Thanksgiving and preparing for the Thanksgiving feast, today I thought that I would re-post my dining room (in all of its Fall finery) for Sunday Favorites! I hope that you enjoy!!!
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Well my friends...have a super Sunday! Thank you so much for coming by today!

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Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!

Love ya'll,
Chari






Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: September 27, 2009


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It's Metamorphosis Monday!
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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a marvelous Monday!
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It's time for Metamorphosis Monday hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you, Susan for hosting this fun filled Monday event!!! Please go pay Susan a visit today and see what she has for us and while you're there you can visit all of the other Met Monday participants!
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I am also joining in with Mosaic Monday today...I have a couple of photo mosaics that I would love to share with you! Mosaic Monday is hosted by Mary over at Little Red House! Thank you, Mary for hosting this marvelous Monday mosaic party!!! (Whew...say that fast 3 times! Hehe!)
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Autumn is Officially Here!
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Last week for Metamorphosis Monday I posted my living room's new autumn decor. If you would like to see that just click HERE. This week I would like to share with you a few of the seasonal changes that I've made in my dining room!
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I love my dining room!!! It's a bit eclectic but follows the lines of French Country design. We have a very "open" floor plan in the living area of our home...the living room, dining room, and kitchen are basically all open to one another. I have decorated these rooms in shades of olive green, deep red, and gold...very deep, rich colors...which are very conducive to warming up my home for the autumn season! I love autumn and I love my home in all of its autumn finery!!!
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So without further ado...here is my French Country dining room!
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Happy To Design
Autumn 2009

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Autumn mosaic of my french country dining room...Autumn 2009!
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I created this photo mosaic using the photo of my dining room (pictured below). First of all, I took the photo and used Photobucket's photo effect called "Sketch"...this made the photo look like a pencil sketch. Then I took the sketched photo and added the photo effect "Tint" to get the different autumn colored tints...then I used Picasa to make the mosaic. I have been playing with photo graphics alot lately and having so much fun! Hehe!
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An Autumn Dining Room

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My husband built this home in 1998 B.C. (B.C. standing for "before Chari"...hehe!) The original part of this house was built in 1927...honey added on to the front, the back and also added on a second story. It's a beautiful home...my honey is quite talented!!!
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The dining room is in the original part of the house and still has the old original wood flooring. I painted them a charcoal gray color...over time they have taken on an old distressed looking patina! Or in other words...they could use a fresh coat of paint! Hehe!
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Two of the walls in this room are olive green...two are a deep red color! I really do love these deep, rich colors...it's just me! I decided to use white furniture in this room since the wall color was already dark. I really do like the contrast of the white furniture against the red and olive green! The dining room table was a treasure find at an antique market...it also has a distressed finish! I love the old column looking legs on the table!!! The buffet was an old brown colored dresser that I refinished. I love the "frenchy" style of this piece!!!
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Autumn and the Dining Room Buffet

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Ooops...I'm just now thinking that I should have added a photo of this buffet "before" the autumn decor!
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An Autumn Vignette
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The runner on the buffet is perfect for autumn decor! It's the most beautiful shade of olive green and is emboridered with a floral pattern in dark reds and gold. Can you see the long fringe on the ends of the runner? Soooo pretty!!!
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The two buffet lamps come from Vanna over at Delusions of Grandeur. I just adore these lamps with their pretty crystal prisms!!! I think the lamps are a beautiful addition to the buffet!
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New Floral Arrangement
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I created a new autumn floral arrangement for the buffet...adding long stems of autumn leaves, wispy brown grass, and a few dark red flowers and cattails to a large gold colored pitcher that sits on a matching plate!
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Autumn and Antoinette...
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Hehe...okay, so I named my french girl bust "Antoinette"! Antoinette is sitting atop a couple of old books...an autumn garland of berries graces the bust...and a couple of little brown embossed birds and pumpkins make for an autumny vignette! I just love these little brown birds...they have little acorns embossed on the sides...found them on sale at Michaels for just $1.99!
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A couple of fun photo effects! I used Photobuckets "Color Sketch" on the photo above. On the photo below I used an effect called "fresco"! Pretty...don't you think?
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You can see the pretty buffet runner a little better in this photo.
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"Artsy" photo of the florals!
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This is the left side of the buffet. Using three silver candleholders with off white tapers...my silver teapot with patina, and a couple more pumpkins! Hehe...don't you just love the word patina? It covers a multitude of sins or...uh, I mean tarnish!!!
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Autumn Table Centerpiece
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Just keeping my table centerpiece simple since there is so much going on at the buffet! This is an old distressed looking french table tray...filled with autumn pears! To each side of the tray are my newest treasure finds...Roseville candleholders! My honey found these in a box of old things over at his Dad's house...they were so dirty you couldn't even make out the color of them! I didn't even know they were Roseville pottery till after I got them washed up! He found two candleholders and a small jardinare.
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This is Roseville's "Clematis" pattern in autumn brown...ca 1944. I am thrilled to have these pretty pieces and they are so perfect for autumn!!!
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My Window Bench
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This is a bench that my honey made in wood shop when he was in high school. I found it outside behind his shop when I first came here...of course, I saved it and brought it in the house! I painted it the same color of olive green that is in the insets of the buffet and then added a black glaze over the top. Oh yes, and I added a little french scroll piece to the front of the bench...just a little added interest!
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Pillows...Pillows...Lots of Pillows!
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Ohhh my goodness...this is probably "overkill" but I just love pillows and lots of them! The gold ambussen pillow was made in Germany...a souvineer from our honeymoon trip to Europe. I made the two red floral pillows to each side of the gold pillow. I found the pretty bolster pillows awhile back...fell in love with the color, fabric, and pattern!!! Honestly, I just threw the bolster pillows on the bench when I was doing my autumn decor in the living room...and here they still sit! I kind of like them here...no one really wanted to sit down here anyway! wink!
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Autumn Ambiance
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Here in Colorado...along with Autumn comes the cool, crisp weather! It won't be long and we'll have to build a fire in the old wood stove! In fact, our heat has already been running this week! Right now the wood bin is empty but it won't be for long. There's nothing like a warm fire on a cool autumn day or night...autumn ambiance! Hehe!
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Just a couple of "artsy" photos!
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I took this photo looking into the buffet mirror...this is the reflection you see in the mirror of my autumn dining room!
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Autumn 2009 at Happy To Design

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This is a photo mosaic that I created using a few of the photos that you seen above...using Photobucket's "color sketch" effect! It really does show all the beautiful, deep rich, autumn colors of my little french country dining room!
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Well my friends...I hope that you enjoyed the tour around my dining room today! I'm so happy that you came by...please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!
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The DIY Show Off
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I'm hooking up again this week with the DIY Show Off: Fall Festival! This is a fabulous Fall party with so many great ideas! Just click on the button above...it's magic...it'll take you right on over to the DIY Show Off!
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Rednesday is hosted by Sue over at It's a Very Cherry World...won't you go and visit with her...there is all kinds of fabulous RED to see! Thanks Sue for hosting this fun filled "RED" party...ahhh, RED...my favorite color!!!
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Happy Autumn!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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18 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Dear Chari,
You know my dear, I never tire of seeing this gorgeous dining room! That little bench that hubby made with the gorgeous pillows is a great addition. The warmth and colors in this room, on top of the fabulous decorating makes it an outstanding room! Come read my post that my Mom wrote when you can. Hugs and Happy Week-end, Cindy

Jane said...

Chari,
Your dining room is beautiful and so inviting. Since I am relatively new to your lovely blog I had not seen this post before. You are also quite handy with photo manipulation. I love the effects that you added to your photos.
Have a great Sunday.
Jane

Heidi said...

Hi Chari,
I remember your gorgeous dining room from when you first posted thes pics. It's very dramatic, I love the white furniture against the deep walls. And I love the buffet arrangement esp. the bust of Antoinette (sp?)- and the pretty runner with that long fringe! So pretty, glad to have seen it all again. Thanks for hosting Sunday Favorites, a great idea and I'm glad to be joining in today!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, I am so glad to get another look at your fallish dining room. It looks as stunning now as it always does, and all of your mosaics and painting effects are so great! laurie

Alicia said...

What a pretty, cozy home you have. Your honey definitely is quite talented and you have a good eye for home decor. I love that little bench and the pillows you made are my favorite!

Thanks for hosting Sunday Favorites yet again. Enjoy a wonderful week!

pk said...

Such a pretty room with so much attention to detail! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

pk @ Room Remix

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so pretty! I almost bought some of those birds at Michaels but thought I had enough. I like the dark red and dark green - I have burgundy & very dark green in my living room area. Years ago, someone said - you are a Christmas person. :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Your dining room is beautiful!
Yes Mr. Honey is talented, and So. Are. YOU!!!
People would do anything for this beauty!
I also have crimson and greens and creams in my home.
Thank you for hosting Sunday Favorites because I get to reminisce!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

I remember this post but, it is so fun to look at it again and see "new things" I didn't notice the first time around. Such as, I love your lamps on your buffet and I love that the shades match the chandy! See, I didn't notice that the first time around!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Theresa said...

Oh Chari, My dining room is the same color as yours but that is all:) Yours is just gorgeous and like Cindy at Applestone Cottage, I never tire of seeing it. I get lots of great decorating ideas from you! Hope you have a marvelous weekend My Friend!
Theresa

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, you always do the most beautiful vignettes in the world. I love your dining room. It is so pretty and warm and inviting. I really like all the beautiful pillows too. Your home is lovely. I am linking up today also. Thanks for hosting this great meme. Hugs, Marty

Scone Queen said...

The figurine atop the antique books is quite striking! And my, what a lovely room! Your husband's bench is just adorable, and you have done it proud by adding all the embellishments. You two are a great collaborative team. I so resonate with the bold and yet comforting colors of the walls of your room. Very rich and inviting. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comments. They were much appreciated!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love your home. You have made it so warm and inviting. I'd love to spend an afternoon with a good book on that window seat!

Christi @ A Southern Life

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Sunday Favorites! That is a great idea! Especially for us new Bloggers that have missed some awesome posts from the past! I read your profile and we have lots in common! I am a Teaching Asst. I work in a Primary Resource Room with kids with Autism.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm Canadian so we had ours it seems like ages ago. I'm feeling like turkey again!! Bye for now Sherri : )

Lynn said...

Chari, I finally gut my link back to you working. Sorry With me, it's hit & miss!
I am impressed with your photo tech skills!

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

That is a beautiful dining room, your colours are amazing.....such a warm and cozy room.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
You are the sweetest! Your note just touched me so. And yes, we do have so many similarities, I think we were meant to be friends. I know your probably busy getting that mantle finished and all the cooking you have for Thanksgiving. Don't over-do yourself, and thanks again my dear friend. My Mom will be so touched by your lovely note! Hugs, Cindy

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

Hi Chari,
It's me again, thanks soooooo much for following my blog and for your lovely commets........it's very nice to "meet" you too!

PS: I read your bio and I too am from the education field working in special ed. programs for the past 10 years.........it was wonderful but now I'm home full-time with my 2 young daughters and that is pure bliss!!

Have a super week.