Dining Room Reveal and Subtle Halloween Decorating

October 27, 2016

Happy Thursday everyone!  At long last I finally have a dining room reveal for y'all!  We've lived in this 115 year old historic house for 3 months and I can't believe I am just now sharing pics here on the blog.  I've shared quite a few glimpses of it on Instagram but I just hadn't gotten around to taking photos with my camera to share with you all here.  

Speaking of cameras, I just bought a new one yesterday because my old one was ruined when I spilled a bottle of water in my purse.  (So dumb, I know.)  I was bummed at first, and then I immediately became overwhelmed because I had no clue what type of camera to buy.  Camera shopping is intimidating especially when you're a novice and want to upgrade to a better camera.  I guess it was a sign that it was time to finally upgrade to a DSLR camera!  I'll likely do a blog post on the topic later, but the camera I ended up buying was the Canon EOS Rebel T5.  I bought the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens as well and I'm absolutely in love!  The camera is a great beginner-level DSLR and I'm already taking better photos than I ever have before.  More on that later...

...and back to the dining room!  As you can see, I've decorated the dining room for Halloween...but ever so subtly.  I love to go over the top for Christmas but with Halloween I keep it a little more low key.  I added some grocery store greenery and pumpkins to the mantel, and I plan on leaving this up once Halloween is over because it will transition well for Thanksgiving. The bat and pompom garland is from the Target Dollar Spot and it's a fun little addition.  The fireplace is non-working so I bought a bunch of different-sized pillar candles from IKEA and put them in there.  Jack likes to try to fish them out so I always have to keep an eye on him...I should probably just remove them to save myself some trouble, but I love how they look!

My favorite part of the room is the plate gallery wall.  This is such a massive wall and I left it blank for the longest time because I had no clue what to put on it.  It needed to be large, but I didn't have any artwork that size and I didn't want to do a traditional gallery wall.  I don't know why it took me so long to come up with the idea of a plate gallery wall, but I'm absolutely in love with how it turned out.  Y'all know I love me some blue and white.  I took step by step photos of my plate hanging process and I'll share a more in-depth blog post on that soon.  

The buffet table was a recent antique store find.  It has some patina to it, which I love, and it's now one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house.  My mom owns a table that is very similar and I've always loved it...so I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon this one.  I got it for a great price too, which was the cherry on top :)

I placed a tray on the table so that I could set up a bar area, and I Halloween-ed it up by putting all my wine glass charms in a little ghost bowl I bought a few years ago.  Oh and the Pumpkin & Spice candle is from Target and it smells heavenly!  Plus it'll make a cute bowl once the candle is all burned up.

The garden stool is from an antique store, but I found a similar one here.  Doesn't it look festive with the pumpkins plopped on it?  We'll see how long they last before Jack gets to them...

Well I hope you've enjoyed the "tour" or our dining room!  I plan on sharing more home photos over the next few weeks because I finally have a camera that can take good photos in low light!  We are in a duplex and just don't get great natural light.  Stay tuned and Happy Halloween!

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  1. Your dining room looks very beautiful! I love that idea of a plate gallery wall, it is so pretty and the look is stylish with same color plates.

    1. Thank you very much, Sannu! It was fun putting together the plate gallery wall and I love how it turned out. I'm not normally into plates on walls and I think the "gallery wall" style made it look a but more current. Thanks so much for reading!