Dining Room Simplicity For Winter and the GIVEAWAY Winner

Keeping it simple...winter whites with a few touches of aqua.

Our kitchen opens up into the dining room, as we have no formal dining room in our home.

I often use blues in various tones as an accent and to add a tiny pop of color to this mostly white home.

 Finally a home for this pair of antique French sconces that I recently acquired. I still need to wire them to U.S. standards, but testing first to see if I like the way that they look flanking the mirror. I think that I do!

 The dining room opens up to the pool area, so another excuse to accent with aqua. It brings the outside in.

 I covered the table with a ruffled tablecloth from my stash of "shop leftovers". Thinking of perhaps painting the rustic pine top with a whitewash...just not sure yet.

Our pool sees little use. No, actually that's not true~it sees NO use now that the children are grown. It's pretty easy to maintain though, and we do gather around it for entertaining.

 Some of the things that I love to collect...antique wine goblets, French transferware, ironstone.

 One of the challenges of this dining room is that there really is no space for a china cabinet, so it forces me to be creative in display and storage. I stacked a couple of old white chippy paint milking stools up to give some height.

 And used some of my old English ironstone pitchers with dried cream and pale flowers.

Simplicity going forward for 2014.