On any given day you might find me at home in old jeans, a too big sweatshirt, and a dingy Seahawk’s cap to hide the hair that I don’t want to mess with. My teeth will be brushed, my face washed . . . sorta . . . and my undies clean (LOL), but that will be the extent of my personal hygiene on one of my “moving mountains around the house” days! Will I invite you in if you stop by? Of course I will, though I may apologize just a bit for not being my normally gorgeous self! I’ll invite you in and I’ll do my very best to make you feel a warm welcome in my home!
What does hospitality mean to you?
Does it mean having your home spotless, the table laid with beautiful china, and a spread of gourmet delicacies? – By invitation only please!
Or does it mean a door that is always open no matter what condition the house is in, or what condition YOU are in for that matter?!
My word for the year is HOSPITALITY and I’m learning a whole new form of it living here in the South. I’ll be sharing more about that later this week in a Freedom Friday post . . . so come on back y’all!
So with thoughts of hospitality on my horizon, what a great time to share the Olioboard I created to plan out our dining room, the next project I’ll be tackling in our new home. This is the first time I’ve tried Olioboard and, though it was a little time consuming, once I got the hang of it it was a lot of fun! How revealing it was as I pinned items to the board and realized that some of the things I was thinking of using in this room didn’t look right together. I found this to be a great resource for planning out a room and also helpful at keeping one from making mistakes.
I’ll start with my inspiration piece, my own Great Blue Heron, (I’ve written a special story about him HERE) which has all of the colors I want to use in this room. Greys, tans, and different shades of green and blue.
Add to that a color washed grey buffet, my crystal chandelier, a vintage Karastan rug that belonged to my mother, a Craigslist dining table and chairs pulled from a pile in a garage, an antique store china cabinet found on sale (CHEAP) over the holidays (similar to the one in the picture but not the exact same piece), thrift store silver pieces collected over time, family china, boxwood greenery, a Trumeau style mirror and two wing back chairs (both on my wish list of things to find) and samples of traditional style wallpaper and upholstery fabric for the dining table chairs. I will paint some of the furniture and leave some of the wood natural as I like the mix of stained wood and painted furniture together.
It may not be Downton Abbey but our gifted and thrifted dining room will definitely have an elegant feeling when it all comes together!
I’m excited to begin work and even more excited to see how God is going to use our home to practice a little Southern hospitality in the year 2015!