Friday, May 18, 2012

Ma Maison…the Dining Room



Walk from the “stair parlor” through the vestibule into the rear of my home. The first room that you enter to your left is the dining room. The rear of the home consists of an open floor plan dining room, den, breakfast room, and kitchen.


My dining room consists of a large solid wooden table with 6 dining chairs. More chairs are available for larger sit-down meals. There is a buffet holding some of my serveware, a shelving unit, and a glass front hutch housing some of my favorite things.

The dining table was purchased prior to moving into our Atlanta home in 2004 from a design shop, J & M Furniture on Ellsworth on the trendy Atlanta Westside. The table is solid teak wood. It is very heavy. Around the table are a set of six antique chairs found at Scott Antique Market also in Atlanta. The chairs were already covered in a striped fabric. I thought the fabric was perfect as the fleur de lis reminded me of my home in New Orleans. I keep debating whether or not to recover them. I would really like a linen burlap look. Perhaps I’ll have my favorite seamstress whip up a mock up of a seat cover to try.



Atop the table which is ever changing are two silver candlesticks from Hill Street Warehouse, a spring green toile table runner from Aux Belles Choses, and the large Alison Evans clam shell bowl from Chic Chateau.


Above the table are two pendant lamps with burlap shades from Ballard Designs.


Under the table is an indoor/outdoor rug from Ballard Designs. I had a nicer rug when we moved in but the very first Mardi Gras put an end to it. Sisal rugs do not mix well with spilled drinks and dropped cake.


The buffet is also from J & M Furniture and features three drawers and shelves. The drawers house my favorite place card holders, napkins, napkin rings, and taper candles. The shelves hold many plates, platters, and fine serveware.(I’ll show you my wares in a future blog. I promise.)


Atop the buffet are two lamps purchased in 2006 from Paris Market & Brocante in Savannah (one of my all-time favorite shops). The Alison Evans oyster coffee table bowl is a past Christmas gift from J. The bowl is from Hazelnut on Magazine. It is filled with vintage-style nautical glass balls and rope.


On the wall above the buffet is an original Southern bird oil. On top of the painting are more of my collection of Alison Evans ceramic oyster pieces. Addicted…yes!


On the left side wall of the buffet is a hand forged wine rack purchased many years ago from Old Estate. Each is hand made in Mexico.


On the right side wall of the buffet is a trio of framed fruit oils also from my days at Chic Chateau.


One of my favorite new additions to the dining room in recent years is the Frenchkeeper’s Shop Shelves from Wisteria. I love open shelving for easy access, so I adore having much of my serveware at arm’s reach.


The top shelf house a large metal faux bois metal ice bucket from Zodax, two cake plates, and a large French style apothecary drink dispenser from Two’s Company. There is also a mercury glass vessel from Orient Expressed on Magazine Street.


The second shelf features crystal decanters, silver ice bucket, twig tongs from Michael Aram, an Oyster tureen from dk clay, and a silver round cake stand. The platter on the wall is a favorite from Oysteria.


On shelf three are my favorite fleur de lis embossed dishes(most given to me by Honey) from Abigail’s. A Beatriz Ball olive tray is in front. The two crown cake plates are from dc2 of Savannah. The sea urchin bowl is a Christmas gift from Honey picked up at Hazelnut.


On the lowest shelf, I store more of my Abigail dishes and two sets of flatware. The lower one is real silver flatware that I inherited from my dad’s parents. It was given to my grandmother for Mother’s Day many, many years ago(more in a later blog). Atop the flatware boxes sits a Vagabond House crab cutting board tray.


The antique glass front hutch also houses my vast collection of glassware, serveware, and salt and pepper shakers. I especially love the antler handled serving pieces J gifted me years ago from another favorite Atlanta shop, Boxwoods. The Southern bird oil is an original from Chic Chateau.


Curtains are from Pottery Barn and woven shades are from Lowe’s.

I hope you have enjoyed touring my dining room. Let me know what you think.

Happy Dining, y’all!

Join me at:

Kelly’s Korner

Check out the other rooms on tour:

Front porch


Stair Parlor


  1. What a gorgeous home. I am drawn to birds as a decorating element, they are so beautiful You have some amazing prints and paintings.

  2. I felt like I was there! Love your alison as always but my eye was immediately caught by your soup tureen--beautiful!

  3. Beautiful home Ron. You have made everything flow so well, and your art work is pure eye candy.

  4. LOVE your gracious southern home!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Has this been published in a magazine? If not, it should be! LOVE! xo Jill

  6. What a wonderful, Southern room. I want it!

  7. Ron, I'm running from room to room looking at all the pretty things in your home, but the things I absolutely LOVE are the Southern bird paintings. Thank goodness I don't live near Chic Chateau..I probably would be broke from buying so many of their paintings. Your home is beautiful and thanks for listing your decor sources.
    Hope you have a great weekend... I'm going back to look at your other rooms.

  8. Ron - Your dining room is so pretty and I LOVE all of your Alison Evans ceramics. I will definitely be on the lookout for them in the future. Boxwoods is one of my favorite stores and I always go there when I'm in Atlanta. As a person who lives to shop, I thank you for all the links to these fabulous businesses.

    By the way, I noticed that you've listed my blog on your "Uptown Fav Reads." Wow! Thanks so much, and I'll do the same for you. Have a great weekend!

  9. Beautiful, just beautiful--it should definitely be featured in a magazine! Thanks for the "virtual" tour--looking forward to the next room. :)

  10. Love everything! So nicely put together.

  11. Hi Ron, I'm loving your dining room and your house! The fabric on the chairs is gorgeous and the runner looks perfect. You have so many beautiful serving pieces and you really know how to display them. Love the oyster plate collection, wow!
    Have a great evening.

    The French Hutch

  12. That buffet cabinet is TO DIE FOR! You have such a wonderful space...and seemingly great taste!

  13. Beautiful room full of gorgeous items! Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  14. Your home is beautiful, so glad I came to visit! I am drawn to shells, so we love them in common too and you have a lovely collection. I love all your fabulous items I see in all your shelves and hutch. I also love your heavy dining room set, it's terrific. Hugs,

  15. Wow, Ron, you have fabulous elements in your lovely DR and you have a great memory to remember where each and every item came from. I would need to have it all written down to remember (maybe you do - smile). Anyway I did so enjoy your tour and am going to take a little time to see your other rooms.

  16. Your dining room is soooooo your bird oil painting too :o)

  17. Just stumbled on this blog and OMG, it is awesome! Style, charm, elegance, with subtle humor. Thanks for letting me browse. You have a good life, don't you?

  18. I'm stopping by via Kelly's Korner.
    You have a wonderful room to entertain and enjoy delicious meals.
    I'm having such a great time visiting the SUYL participants' dining rooms. There's so many creative people! I'm definitely take lots of notes!
    My favorites are the clam inspired bowl. It reminds me of one my mother used to have displayed on her coffee table many moons ago. Thanks for the memory.

  19. Oh boy! You have good taste! Your dinning room is beautiful! The collections, the paintings, the furnishings, everything is perfection! I'm glad I came to visit!

  20. Love it thanks for sharing, I needs some ideas for my dining room.

  21. I want to show my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make audience, browse the whole thing to the end. I'd really like to read more of your blogs and to talk about my views with you. I'll be your frequent website visitor, that’s for sure.


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