Monday, July 31, 2017

The Unexpected in a Dining Room

The other day, one of my friends suggested that I post about some of the things in my house that are 'unexpected' or displayed in an unexpected way.  I think she was trying to be complimentary, however I consider myself a hoarder, so thinking of how to decorate in an unexpected way sounds foreign to me.  I don't know what my 'style' is and I surely don't give a lot of thought to how I decorate.  What I do is hunt and gather,  find things I really like....then simply "find a place to put them."
Once I find a place, I look at it for a while and if I like it, it stays.  If I don't, I just look again and find another place.  I find it fun to hunt and gather.    A lot of time is never spent wondering if it's 'right'.....I live alone, so if I'm happy with it......all is well and good.  And, then again, I'm apt to decide to change things around a week later.

These photos are of one wall in the dining room.  I actually do have a dining room, but you'd never know from these photos.  It's a collection of things I love, found as I hunt and gather.  It has to be put somewhere, so here is where I chose to put it, helped along by two wire racks I found at my favorite flea market.  I couldn't resist them.  So, they came home with  me, I cleaned them and discovered the only place they would fit was "this spot" in the dining room.  I liked them so much, that I spent a couple of days gathering things from around the house to fill the racks.  Then, as I always do, I have to overload them, hang things on the walls, find a chair or two to fill, etc.  It was great FUN and I will still place a thing or two there from time to time.  These racks are one of the things that will not be moved around...they simply won't 'go' anywhere else.

So, take a look at these photos.  I've probably chosen too many, but I did want you to see ALL of this dining room wall.  In my mind, it looks just like something I would do.  To you, maybe a bit too much and in the wrong place.  Not to worry, though.  Here's a quote...(I don't know who said it, but it's me all over!):

"I live in my own little world and it's ok.  They know me here."

 One of my favorite parts of this vast array of 'stuff.'

If you click on these photos, you can actually see what is on each shelf.  Some of you may want to do that.  Others won't.  All is ok.

 And, there it all is.  (Sorry about the reflection in the glass).

 So many stories here on these shelves.  No way I can tell them all, so you can just make up your own stories.   Or, if you see something you want to know about...kindly ask me in a comment or email.

 No end to the inspiration I find here.  These things, their stories, and my imagination can lead me to come up with a good many ideas.  So many I will never be able to finish them all.  Think about this:

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."  
Thomas Edison


 I'm fairly creative, so here is another quote I really like:

"Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life." 

 This little trunk is one of my favorite things.  I did the inside of the lid myself, several years ago, using old ledger sheets and paper napkins.  Inside is a collection of some of my favorite things.
Of course!!!

So, there you are.  Most folks probably wouldn't put all this in a dining room.  Would you?
I is obvious, but I have no one else here to please, so why not?  

I'll show you more of the dining room if you'd care to see it. 

until next time



Catherine said...

You are a true collector. I love the decoupage on the trunk lid.

Sherry said...

Love, love, love this! I'm sure I will spend a ridiculous amount of time pondering the treasures in each picture. You surround yourself with things you love with grace and imagination and care! And, fun; it wouldn't even surprise me to find a wedding gown in your dining room! ;^)

Sherry in Little Rock

Pat said...

Well, my good friend, Sherry, now I will HAVE to show the gown. See how one crazy thing can lead to another! Before the end of the will see what you already know about. It may have an additional story to go along with it...after Wednesday. So...till later this week...take care, pat❤️

Growing Old Fast said...

I Loved "looking" around your dining room! I felt like I was on the hunt looki g for something good. And there waz plenty of things I'd take home in a heart beat!! Keep posting all your glorious finds! I like looking at what other people get. Thanks for sharing. Pam Gonzalez

sandi s said...

I always love seeing different parts of your home! I love your quotes. I live alone also so I only have to please myself . It would be such fun to visit and see everything in person and then have a cup of tea and chat. Take care. Hugs,

Anonymous said...

OH, Pat, I could spend DAYS in your home looking at your things. You have collected a lot over the years and I love everything I see.

Hope you are doing well and thank you for sharing with us. Don't ever stop
Cindy in Kansas

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You know I love you and I know you won't be offended when I say that while I read the first paragraph of this post I was unconsciously comparing you to a squirrel..ever collecting. You certainly do have a lot of things, quite pretty and lovingly displayed. Terry is that kind of collector. I've had to cut him off from garage saling AND Craig's list and those kind of sights. He's getting better about it.

Thanks for sharing your not a dining room Dining Room!
xx, Carol

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Louise Doney said...

Hi Pat, I would say this is the best diet plan ever, filling your dining room with beautiful treasures so there is no room left for actual" dining "
Hugs, Louise

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Bonnie said...

What a great idea to display your collections...I have things all over everywhere. Nice way to show off your loves and know what you have. We never use our dining room so I have a cupboard for my doll collection, a cupboard for my Gram's dishes, a cupboard of my Mom's filled with family things, and a small glass front, small cupboard with my Gram's cups and saucers. Whew! Of course, my Gram's Duncan Phyfe dining room set. So many memories in that room.

Thanks for sharing, Pat! We are two birds of a feather.

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