Between recovering from my second cold of the winter season and all of our 2013 trip planning, I have been pulled this way and that. But now I have a slice of time to finally share some recent photos of our dining room at Grey Havens cottage.
Needless to say, a “cookie cutter” look of decorating doesn’t match our personalities. Our style is country eclectic, blending antiques and folk art together. The dining room furnishings announce a whimsical bent as soon as a visitor walks through the front door.
The dining room table and chairs are antiques that hail from the early years of Berea College’s student craft industries. (A history of the student crafts is provided HERE, along with an old photo of Mr. Jim’s mom, who was in charge of their weaving program during the 1940s.) This is the set that we will soon be replacing. Though the chairs have been repaired countless times, they are too unstable to stand up to use. A handsome Jackson press cabinet takes center stage along the far wall, flanked by a couple of my needlework samplers (antique reproductions). And the woodwork in the dining room provides a beautiful backdrop to anything we put in the room!
The Jackson press is a two-piece cabinet made out of butternut. When he was a lad, Mr. Jim found it in back of a gas station in rural Kentucky, and he painstakingly restored it. A collection of Rowe pottery resides behind the glass doors. A small copper weathervane from Maine is tucked in the corner. A weathered apple basket holds a pile of catalogs and magazines.
Did you notice the pot of primroses in the first photo? Below is a better look of the flowers that brighten up the table. I plan to replace the simple tablecloth with a handmade quilted one after the new table arrives. An out-of-focus Kevin is seen in the background (proving that he is fuzzy in more ways than one). Kevin, the giant artist teddy bear, has been featured in earlier posts.
Tucked in another corner of the room is an antique pie safe that we acquired many years ago in a jaunt up to southern Pennsylvania. Punched metal tins decorate the front and sides. And a tiny peek into my home office is seen in the distance.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour!