One room in my home that I really felt needed a change was the formal dining room. The traditional formal cherry dining room furniture had to go after 32 years. You hear so many people say they never use their dining rooms, and I can relate. We only used the dining room for holiday dinners. When I dine out, especially in Bucks County, I love the atmosphere of the tavern rooms. The warm rich woods make it so cozy. Casual easy dining. Good to incorporate the hunt theme too so my mind was made up to make the change. I cannot wait for the primitive Christmas I have in mind for this room this year.
I traveled to Lancaster PA to search for the right step back cupboard without spending a huge amount of money. I fell in love with a piece from The Fox Room South. Owner, Leslie is just wonderful. She attends many estate sales to fill up her shop and she owns foxhounds and rides in many of the fox-friendly hunts in the area! I love chatting with her when I visit. The 1800’s German step back has so much storage, and I just fell in love with the color of the wood. It is scratched and dinged and could be restored to its original beauty but I like it just the way it is. My redware and prims have found a new home in this room and it is so fun to see them all again.
The quest for pewter was on! To blend with pewter, I purchased a large collection of blue and white ironstone china made in England by Johnson Brothers Ltd. The pattern is called Coaching Scenes and it is very easy to get on Ebay and Etsy. I scored mine from a woman who just did not have room for her grandmothers china any longer. She told me they only used it for Christmas dinners. My mother also had blue and white china for special occasions. We now use this china for everyday dinners in the Tavern Room. The farm table was made for me in Lancaster from a shop called Coalico Creek. I highly recommend a visit to this store. The chairs were from craigslist and what a deal. I love the large seats on them. I only wish they had more than 4. Now when we sit down as a family it is easy and effortless. I have the silverware, plates and serving dishes right in the cupboard so we can set the table in seconds. More time to talk and enjoy each others company. Then we get the cards out….I am eager for the win!
Here is a before photo:
Here is an after photo: