Our house is coming together slowly but surely, by which I mean we are getting things unpacked, organized, and cleaned. It doesn't look very decorated at the moment and I know that will take time, but there are a few spots here and there that look cozy. Here's one in the dining room, where my husband hung our antique 1807 map of the British Isles (our first anniversary "paper" gift to ourselves -- Douglas likes maps and I like Great Britain, so there you go). The vintage table below it was left in the house -- I'm not sure how old it is, but with one leaf dropped, it makes a pretty sideboard. It was tucked out of the way and incredibly filthy. I gave it a cursory wipe-down but I still need to go back over with a bucket of soapy water and then some wood polish. It's pretty dinged up but I like the old patina.
[The ceramic leaves are a good place to store the treasures the kids pick up on our walks, although the polka-dotted chicken feather was not found in our neighborhood!]
Douglas likes a bit of color around the house, so we painted the dining room Benjamin Moore's "Palladian Blue" before our move (it was previously taupe and brown -- very dark). I had no idea until afterwards that "Palladian Blue" is a popular color but I can see why. It's a lovely duck egg blue that will look nice throughout all four seasons.
My goal is to get the dining room in shape before Thanksgiving (November 28), as we're hosting this year! One room at a time, one day at a time.