Welcome to Our Nest

The dining room is my favorite room in the house. From the furniture to the textiles, I love it all. It’s the first room that welcomes you into our home. You’re greeted by our 9  foot ceilings and 6 foot tall bay windows.

We painted the walls, “Diversion” in a satin sheen by Pittsburgh Paints. A darker greige and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. All the furniture is handmade minus our dining room chairs and that’s what makes this room so special.

Our walls are decked with L-O-V-E quite literally as Tim crafted his first piece for the house; a love shelf. It has just the right amount of shelves for knick knacks and picture frames. You’ll also find our picture frame turned chicken wire photo collage. Simple but easy when you have spray paint laying around. We never buy accessories we know we can make ourselves. I’ll window shop for ideas but Pinterest is where I find the most inspiration.

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The dining room in her full glory

Tim built our dining room table with 2 x 10’s and existing legs from a table we got from his parents. We painted the legs white and stained the wood in Dark Walnut 2716 by Minwax. I finally found upholstered head of table chairs from IKEA and the white wood chairs are from a local furniture store. Our chandelier is such a showstopper and lights up the room perfectly.

He also built the barn wood box centerpiece which we’ll decorate according to season. This is an effortless and subtle piece to interchange. The same goes for my two rustic milk jugs in the room. These were great Iowa flea market finds!

Our table runner currently pictured is in my favorite pattern and inspired my hunt for the right rug. I stumbled upon this while looking at Hobby Lobby online. I do switch this out to other striped burlap runners in red, navy and green. 

Decked with love

The rug I got from Nordstrom, Dash & Albert ‘Awning’ stripe rug and it’s my favorite thing we own. Besides the “Our Nest” pillow from Primitives by Kathy on Amazon. These really were the finishing touches.   

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We found an old door stored in a collapsed barn and turned it into a door tree that I use to store winter gear and hang our jackets. This fills the need for a mudroom and the table acts as our catch all (unfortunately) even though we have a pallet mail organizer that Tim built! The welcome sign above the door came from our pallet welcoming guests to our wedding reception. We also put together a leash holder for our dogs that spells out l-o-v-e in thread letters (green and yellow for the Green Bay Packers).  

Doggy Gear HQ

This room had quite the makeover from adding overhead lighting (there was none when we first purchased the house) to getting real dining room chairs instead of outdoor metal chairs!

Low quality photo before we worked our magic!
Halfway there before we got it to where it is now. 

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