I'd like to introduce you again to my very dear friend, Rhoda, the beautiful lady behind the charming and ALWAYS inspiring Southern Hospitality blog! She has kindly accepted my invitation to be my first EVER guest blogger! Rhoda and I have known each other for years on-line and had the wonderful opportunity to meet in person at my house a year and a half ago. We spent several precious days together and you can see that she and Miss Maggie hit it off just fine! ;-)
We shopped, we ate, we chatted, and YES, we thrifted! And she is definitely the yard sale queen of all queens! And she is as cute as a button as she goes about her wheelin' & dealin' too!
But Rhoda's talents do not stop there. Along with being a fabulous cook, she is also a talented decorator. I have asked her to share her beautiful dining room with us today.
So, Dear Daisy Cottage family, please welcome Rhoda as our first guest blogger!!
Dining Room and Thrifty Finds
When my friend, Kim, asked me to guest post for her, I was absolutely delighted. I mentioned before that Kim is the reason I started blogging in the first place. After she started her blog, I began to stop by and visit her and she encouraged me to start my own. ME, blog? I had no idea what I was doing, but it sounded like it might be fun, so I started and the rest is history. I took to it like a duck in water. And I love to share all things home with the many wonderful ladies out there who also love their homes and want to make them comfortable for their families. And doing it on a budget is topmost in my mind always, when I’m getting things done around the house.
Last spring, I painted my dining room in Sherwin Williams Antique White. It had been a pretty deep and dramatic red, which I loved for a long time, but I started longing for a lighter and airier feel, especially with my dark mahogany furniture in that room. I adore the lighter color and am so happy I made the change.
I’ve share on my blog many times about my love of white dishes and started a creamware (poor man’s version of English ironstone) and it grew from my yardsale and thrifting jaunts fairly quickly.
I filled up my shelves and still have room for a few more.
White tureens have been a favorite to collect too and I’ve found several of these at yardsales.
When I did my makeover in here, I also did a redo on these buffet lamps and covered the old shades with burlap and had them monogrammed. That really added some punch to the new look.
A mirror from Tuesday AM has been with me for a few years and was a good bargain too.
The centerpiece is a simple Italian white cakeplate I picked up for a great deal at TJ Maxx, one of my favorite shopping spots, along with Homegoods. The cloche was also found at TJ Maxx and was on deep discount because of a small chip on the edge. A cluster of faux pears from a yardsale are casually placed underneath.
This china cabinet has also been with me for a few years and holds a really fun new find. I made a trade out with one of my readers for a decorating consultation and we traded for this set of brown and white transferware dishes. I think I got the better deal! J
So, I set out this thrifty place setting with my new to me brown transferware. Placemats are yardsale finds, as well as that beautiful set of silver plated flatware. I scored the whole 16 piece plate setting of the flatware for $100 at an estate sale. It’s tucked away in it’s own little case and I hope I get to use it soon. We don’t do a lot of sit down formal dinners at our house, but I sure do love it.
My niece did the monogram napkins for me.
So, I hope you’ll remember that putting together a room doesn’t have to cost a fortune. All of my rooms have been decorated with love and patience and each piece collected one by one. And you know what? It’s a lot of fun to do it that way, not to mention cost effective. I’m a real yardsale lover and know the potential of finding great things out there, so I encourage shopping that way on my blog. Lots of women are newly discovering the thrill of shopping at yardsales and estate sales. I know I sure have enjoyed it so much!
Thank you, Kim for letting me come by Daisy Cottage again. Ladies, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Kim in person at Daisy Cottage and let me tell you, it was a treat I’ll never get over. That sweet doggie, Maggie, made me feel right at home too. Kim, if you ever get to Birmingham, you have a personal invitation to my house too.
Thank you Rhoda SO much for spending time with us and thank you for ALL that you share every day on your gorgeous blog! I can't imagine being in Blogland without YOU!
AND, if YOU, dear friends, would like the chance to win your very own thrifted soup tureen, please leave a comment on THIS post and I will send one of you my favorite one from my collection! I'll pick the winner at midnight on Friday, October 2nd! Maggie will be sleeping, however. ;-)
So,this one is for you!
P.S. WooHoo - Jaybird - WHERE ARE YOU?????