Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rearranging the Dining Room ~ Giving Thanks

Autumn stand
Phillip's mom has been staying at our house while she recovers from surgery. Yesterday, I was telling her how this portable island cart in front of my laundry room door makes me claustophobic.

Dining room
She had the great idea of moving it into the far corner of my dining room, where the tree is.

Kitchen
Much less cluttered now.

Dining Room

Tea corner
It makes the perfect tea cart! We moved the tree into my bedroom and hung a picture that I already had. Thank you for taking a look!

25 comments:

marie said...

Looks like that little cart has found a perfect home! Your dining room looks so cozy and inviting!

Linda C said...

Your mom had a great idea! The cart works great as a tea cart:) and looks good in the dining room.
Linda C

It's All Good! said...

Looks like it couldn't have fit better!
Brenda :)

Mrs. H. said...

What a sweet daughter-in-law you are to be taking care of your mother-in-law after surgery! And what a sweet mother-in-law to come up with redecorating ideas while recovering! :-) Hope she is feeling better soon.

"Dove" said...

I really like how the cart looks in the dining room. Isn't it amazing how the whole house can feel different just by moving one little thing?? If you ever need to use that tea cart for more storage you could make a cute little skirt for it to hide the shelves. Then again, the shelves look so festive with pretties displayed on them. Good to have options!

Speaking of shelves, I love the yellow shelves I see mounted on your dining room wall. I love how they are the same color as the wall so that the shelves blend in but the decorations stand out. I also love how you can change out the decor to match the seasons. I'm now going to survey all my walls to see where I can hang two cute shelves. Hmm..... :)

Giving thanks week is loads of fun. Thanks for hosting!

Christine said...

I really like it there Kelli! What a great idea. It always amazes me how one little move of something can change the look of a room. Hopefully things will slow down here a little so I can partake in your fun week of events here. I was planning on it but it has been busy here with paper work and family stuff. Have a wonderful evening.

JanMary said...

I love to see 'before's and 'after's. It looks great.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love that granma has decorating ideas too ! It does work , and the tea cup stand on it looks gorgeous.
Is the cart raw wood, could you stain it the same as your dresser ? If not I would dress it a little more with a little tablecloth.

I particularly LOVE all the seasonal decorating you do.....and the cost effective way you do it. Just shows good taste and good ideas don't need a price tag !

I have copied a numberof your ideaas and these fabric acorns will probably get copied too !

Fabulous blog, Kelli !!!

From Rinty, a reader in England.

Winterwood said...

I have a cart just like it by the oven and it holds so much stuff on it! I love the way youve used yours! more space...great!

splummer said...

Hi!
That movable island looks like it's been there always. Nice place for it! Take Care!!

Sherrie

Jules said...

looks great!

Judy said...

What a great idea and a perfect spot for it.
I haven't been by to visit lately so I'm trying to catch up on all your posts.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks beautiful, Kelli. I think a fabric skirt or staining it to match your hutch are great ideas.

You continue to amaze me with all you do. Now, you have your mother-in-law there with you. Are you "Wonder Woman" in disguise? HE! HE! Love, Debbi

Heather said...

that looks great there. what a good idea!

Storybook Woods said...

What a perfect solution, your MIL is such a blessing. xoxoxo Clarice

Sharon said...

It looks beautiful as usual! Our center pieces are almost identical!

Have a great day!

Sharon

glorv1 said...

Youe mother-in-law had a great idea to move your little cart in that area. You are a very nice person to also be taking care of her while she regains her strength. It really looks nice there and geez, how do manage to do all you do? I can barely load the dishwasher and I am tired. Man, I gotta hand it to you. Thx for sharing. I'm tired now:) Take care.

Michelle said...

What a sweet little cart and perfect that it's porable. I even think the wood looks great against your walls. :)

Lindsay-ann said...

Great place to move it to. It looks just perfect there. I love seeing pictures of your dining room it always looks perfect.
Lindsay

Adrienne said...

It's like it was meant to be there all along! What a great idea. It looks so nice with everything on it. ~Adrienne~

Armchair Housewife said...

Hi! I followed a link to your site from Lynn's blog. I have that same cart... Ikea, right? I use mine, though, for extra counter space so I couldn't do with it in the dining room, but I love how it looks in yours!

I'll be back to enjoy more of your lovely blog!

Lady Katherine said...

What a lovely idea! I have one in my laundry room too. A tea cart, YES, I been wanting one, and now I can do the same, thank you so much for the idea!

Susie Homemaker said...

Sometimes the simplest changes make the biggest impacts...nice move...This has been so much fun!

Blessings,
Susie

Carrie said...

Isn't it wonderful how just moving a piece of furniture gives us new opportunities to add charm to our decor...you did a nice job of accessorizing the cart.

Melyssa R
Boulder County, CO
said...

Brilliant!