This isn't my home, but I've always wanted to share it. You saw the corner cabinet my dad refinished for me yesterday (that I WILL be getting back!).
My parents bought their small home in Delaware recently. I love that they're closer to me now and my girls love going there. I have to admit that treasure hunting there is pretty fun too! Anyway, this is my parents dining room shortly after they moved in. I helped them pick out the chandelier and it lived with me for a while until they moved into their house so I got to admire it often. My mom loves English made blue and white dishes so I picked out the toile curtains for her. However, the dining room set needed help. Its not very evident here, but the pieces are very soft pine and both the tabletop and the hutch were in terrible shape with a ton of deep scratches to the surfaces. I finally convinced them to paint it after showing them pictures of how these things can look new simply by painting.
Look at it now! My dad worked so hard on this. Because of all the damage, he had a lot of sanding to do. (By the way, the shadows on the table are just that from the chandelier.) I saw those copper molds at a great junk store that we love to shop at and told mom that they would look great on their wall. They were originally intended for another location but ...
... after my parents found the horse, the location of the molds was changed for obvious reasons. I think it all looks great here. I told them to search for a horse because their development and all the streets there are horse names. They hunted for a while and finally found the copper one. Funny how the molds ended up being the perfect compliment! I also got mom quite a few of those dishes for Mother's Day (etsy!), but couldn't post them on my blog because I didn't want her to see them! (Sorry for the blurry picture. I meant to take a better shot before I left but I forgot.)
There's also a little breakfast area on the other side of the kitchen with the same curtains and a bench purchased at an antique store made from an old bed. My grandmother made the cushion.
So, as you can see, I inherited the painting gene from my dad and the treasure hunting gene from my mom!