Day 2 of My Home Tour: Dining Room

Hi, Kelly’s Korner!  Hope you like this little tour of my dining room from May.  You can find the other rooms by clicking here and you can find today’s blog–about southern biscuit-making here.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!

I am sorry to say the following photographs were done in a rushed frenzy as the sun was setting and that some–gasp!–were taken with flash.  You see, today was my last day of work for nine weeks and to celebrate MM, C., and I took a long leisurely swim in my parents’ pool followed by a very yummy Mexican dinner on their patio with my family.  Yes, glorious summer is here and I can’t wait to embrace it.

Without further adieu, here’s our dining room.


Our dining room table is C.’s great-grandparents’.  It’s made of beautiful tiger oak (the same wood as our hardwood floors downstairs) and last year we had two leaves made.  The sideboard & mirror matches it, but the china cabinet we found at a local antiques store.  It is such a close match that it even has the same feet as the sideboard!

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The centerpiece is random dried things (like that definition?!) with feathers.  Oh, I love feathers in arrangements!  It sits on an etched mirror I bought for $5 off ebay.


My china is Villeroy & Boch Audun Ferme.  I love collecting silver serving pieces and these are two of my favorites.

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One is dated January 2, 1912.  I’ve always wondered what that date meant.  Baptism?  Wedding?  Birthday?  Anniversary?

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The photograph you see on the lower shelf of the buffet is of our home taken in 1914.  As you can see, it started off as 1.5-stories.  On that shelf I also have a double drawer chest for my silver and a bowl made of Cypress.



Ahhh…more of my china collections.  I love china, what can I say?  The other patterns I collect are Grindley Malta and  Johnson Brothers Heritage Hall.  {I also have two Christmas patterns I collect, but that is neither here nor there.}  The top shelf houses some of my champagne flutes.  The second shelf also houses bone-handled serving pieces from France C. got me for Christmas in 2008.  The next shelf also has a beaded glass punch bowl from the 40s that I actually use quite a bit.

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The painting above the china cabinet is based on this 1920s photograph.  The building on the left was owned by the Brogdons and they were cotton brokers and sold fertilizer.  I bought this painting years before we bought this house.  I think it’s fate that I purchased something that holds such special importance to our home.


This fireplace and mantle matches the parlor.  This room also features two doors that stores my ever-expanding china collection.  I actually took a picture of the inside of one of them, but realized it was in too much disarray for the internet.


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Ginger jar and sugar dish of my favorite patterns.  Southern Cooking written by C.’s great-great-aunt, Mrs. S.R. Dull.


We found this high chair in three pieces in the basement.  It was a beautiful stain, but because we had to add some pieces to keep it upright, we painted it red.  The center of the seat is pressed leather in a beautiful pattern.  I’m thinking it dates back to 1909 when the first Brogdon child was born.


And finally, my drapes.  I found this fantastic red quail fabric at a flea market years before we found Brogdon House and bought it knowing I would use it in my dining room one day.  Well, I didn’t get enough–these ceilings are 12’+–and my seamstress had to add a coordinating fabric at the bottom.  But I still think it looks good.  These brackets are actually hand-carved pieces of a Belgian 19th-century dresser we bought at an antique shop in Old San Juan that we repurposed into curtain brackets.


Because this room was used for most of our tool storage (and a 1939 stove) during the renovation there are less pictures taken of its progress, and here’s all I got:



Two silly pictures.  Sorry!  This room was originally a dining room and then in the 1960s the family began using it as a living room.  It has a door that connects it to the kitchen so it was just natural for us to make it our dining room too.

4 Responses to Day 2 of My Home Tour: Dining Room

  1. Doodles By Lauren May 26, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Your home transformation is amazing! I have a very similar high chair (my great grandmother’s) and am about to spend many hours painting it (different colors/different patterns). And I love your cute kitty!

  2. Randall May 26, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I love that you are able to show off your china and silver pieces. All of my stuff is stored in the basement because there is simply no room in our tiny house! I can’t wait until I can have it all out.

  3. Chris Howard May 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Just lovely! The chancdelier over the dining table- that’s new right? Was there an old one when you moved in?

    I love that you know the history of your house (I wish I did mine) and that you are preserving it for future generations.

  4. Natalie May 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    chris, yes, it’s new. $88 at costco in ’07 new.
    she had a 1980s-esque ceiling fan.
    it took a great hunt but we HAVE tracked down four of the original gas-turned electric-needs rewiring fixtures at a local antique store. i keep saying that i’m going to start saving for the project–it’s not “easy” or even “medium” rewiring which i can handle–and i really need to start doing that!
    and i feel so lucky to know the history of this home so well. i can ask miss eleanor anything–ANYTHING. i even know the name of the person who put in all the radiators (in the ’10s) and how much he charged! haha

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