i love having people in my home! i am still working on my hosting skills, but filling my home with friends and family is my favorite. we often host our weekly growth group here – 6 families, 26 kids. the kids either eat outside or pile as many chairs as possible around the table, and the adults eat around the coffee table in the living room.
sometimes the table is configured like this, it just depends on the configuration of the living room furniture if there’s enough space. we bought the table on sale from pottery barn after a year or so of eating off of folding tables once we moved in here! it is one of the few new furniture purchases we’ve ever made. most everything else in our home is thrifted, handed down, or garage-saled. the table has 2 leaves in it and can be reduced to a square, but we always leave it big since we’d be changing it each week for our big group. the chairs were an amazing second hand deal, from a friend of my sister-in-law. they had chairs we wanted to get rid of, she knew of a good home for them!
our piano started out under the photo shelves, but has since moved to the living room. i kinda like it here better, but thats another discussion ;)
we had a custom china cabinet/buffet built in our dining room when we had our kitchen cabinets done. it stores all our extra dishes, mason jars, vases, in-law’s wedding china, etc. the drawers hold candles and table decor, table cloths, and large serving platters and bowls.
i love our galvanized countertop! we had it made by a local heating and plumbing company that specialized in metal ducting. they wrapped our temporary wood top with metal and it cost us $100! it is made from galvanized metal, but i don’t know the gauge or anything – sorry! and we don’t use this surface for food prep, only for service, so i can’t tell you how well it would hold up in that situation.
we’ve had the chandelier for several years and have just moved it from house to house. it used to be white, but i sprayed it a matte black before we hung it here. i still love it but am feeling ready for a change – maybe something more modern?
i’d love to put a rug down to define the space a little more, but i honestly can’t imagine the practicality of actually doing that. the rug would be covered in dropped food – yuck!
wall color: silver sage by restoration hardware
have any questions? i’ll do my best to answer them!