Why Not . . . Create a Dining Room for Conversation?

Mar 19, 2014


Today, I am excited to welcome TSLL readers into my home. Over the next four weeks, I will open my doors for room tours that will show you how I live my simply luxurious life. Mixing treasures found at yard sales and created from DIY projects with dream items that are a results of patience and careful planning, my hope is to inspire you to realize we all can create a sanctuary on our unique everyday budget.

So come on in!


Intimate dinner parties have always been a favorite social occasion of mine. There is something about a handful of people, as small as two or as many as eight or ten, crowded around a dining table that has too many stories to tell of its own, engaged in theatrical conversation while the food is savored and the wine continues to be poured.


While wooden chairs certainly would work wonderfully, I have always dreamed of finding regal, yet comfortable upholstered chairs for my dining room, and so it happened that Restoration Hardware’s Martine armchairs were discounted and I pounced. Choosing perennial white linen which is more durable, when they were delivered, my dream of simply luxurious style had been delivered as well.

However the chairs are the only high-price item you will find. The oak dining room table was discovered in pieces at a yard sale for less than $100. With a little elbow grease and wood-working talents by my father, I had a dining room with grand legs that still make me swoon. And the light fixture was also found at a yard sale for $20 and happened to match other ceiling lights that already existed in my home. Serendipity!


The buffet and the accompanying mirror were both treasures discovered at yet another garage sale that I continually pinch myself over. Stocked with linens, vases and other occasional items, it offers an ideal place for drinks and appetizers.


When I first began to choose wall decor for my home, I wanted art, but I couldn’t necessarily afford original pieces. So, I went about selecting prints of artwork that captured my eye and my heart. Due to my love of the ocean and being a professed romantic, I chose Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler and finished it with a simple frame. For less than $200, I had polished wall decor that spoke to my sensibilities.

diningrooma ~the cheese platter almonds, gluten-free crackers and cheddar were picked up at Salumiere Cesario and the viognier from Charles Smith Wines~

To add height and welcome a touch of Mother Nature into the space, I recently placed an orchid in the corner. Exceeding my expectations,  I was beyond happy when my florist, Holly’s Flowers in Walla Walla, revealed its grandeur upon stopping by to pick up the hydrangeas and other details for the photo shoot.

Click here to discover tips and steps on how to care for your very own orchid and ensure that it lasts for years.

Well, now I think it’s time for a dinner party, what do you think? Click here to peruse another room in TSLL home. Thanks for stopping by!


~Shop the Room:

~Restoration Hardware Martine armchair in white perennial

~print of Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler

~Crate and Barrel wine glasses

~bamboo Roman shades can be found at Home Depot

~Chocolate curtains were found at Target

~All paint is Benjamin Moore, walls – Bleeker Biege; trim – Swiss Coffee

~Candleholders: similar herehere and here

23 thoughts on “Why Not . . . Create a Dining Room for Conversation?

  1. Thank you for inviting us in Shannon. Your dining room is delightful, I particularly love the amount of light you get in that room and the orchid and hydrangeas lift everything beautifully.

  2. Shannon, it was so worth the wait to see your Simply luxurious dining room! It is as beautiful and simple as I had imagined! Thank you for inviting us into your personal space! Now what time is cocktails?

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Shannon! Those chairs are perfection (and also very similar to what I’m looking to get for my dining table!). I love your mix of unique finds and the artwork is just lovely. Can’t wait for the other tours! 🙂

  4. I read your blog everyday. I love it.

    Your dining room inspired me to make my first comment. Here goes: WOW! It is beautiful. It is serene. It is warm. Everything in it speaks to your delightful taste and personality.

  5. It’s clever how you dressed the French doors and dining room window as matching twins–the repetition really creates cohesion and balance. Thank you for sharing, looking forward to the next stops on the tour!

  6. Shannon, what a lovely dining room and conducive to conversation indeed. You are a very good sport for opening your house! What a treat for everyone – and what a surefire way to tie up decorating loose ends! Brava! Although you probably didn’t have any… unlike, ahem, me, for example. 😉

  7. Hi Shannon,
    I have been following your blog since last spring and I have enjoyed it so much! I really love your posts and information. This room is fantastic! I love the mixture of the old and new. Just stunning!

  8. Well done Shannon for sharing your beautiful home pieces and how they came to you. I look forward to pulling up that gorgeous white chair and enjoying further time in your home.. superbly done! x j

  9. Shannon what a beautiful space you created Your photos and script inspired me to rearrange and reorganize my serving pieces and table linens. Thank you for opening your home and sharing I look forward to the complete tour!

  10. I think your dining room is gorgeous! Love that you have found so many wonderful pieces at garage sale prices and they all work so beautifully together! Am happy that you are inviting us into your home with this new series.

  11. I love this tour idea. Isn’t amazing how pieces come together to make a room look so perfectly personal. The chairs are wonderful with all of the natural wood. Have a great weekend Shannon.

  12. What a beautiful written piece, and a lovely thing to read on a Saturday night here in Australia.
    Life is full of twists and turns like a roller coaster some times, but sometimes we just get that push to go in the direction we’re meant to. If we don’t recognize it the first time, I think the opportunities reappear in different ways until we ‘get’ it.
    Anyway, I love your blog. Those chairs are gorgeous, and the flowers divine.
    So, goodnight from down under and keep writing and inspiring us all.

    Lorelle x

  13. I love this Shannon! I have been following your blog for almost a year now and yesterday I decided to start one to connect with great individuals such as yourself. Thank you for your work!

  14. Dear Shannon, What a lovely dining room. I especially like the wooden blinds (for privacy when wanted) and curtains that extend to the ceiling. That makes the ceiling height feel taller and the windows/doors appear larger. Beautiful!

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