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Decorating in the Dining Room


Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good week. Does it feel like spring in your corner of the world? Yeah…not so much here. Looking out the window at all the drifts of snow piled high and kids sledding down the hill, I have a hard time thinking that spring is only a few short weeks away.Since I’m starting to feel like winter is never going to end, I figured it was time to bring a little bit of a springish feel indoors with some flowers. I bought tulips for the dining room and hydrangeas for the living room…I’m saving the living room until next week though since it’s always so hard for me to think of things to post about 😉



Because my light fixture is so large, I wanted to use a flower container that felt in proportion. I really like this galvanized bucket…the only bad part was that I needed a lot of flowers to fill it! I ended up getting forty  stems!Oh, I just remembered that I’ve never shown you the new light fixture that I got for this room until now. I ordered it last fall, let it sit around in the box for a few months and then shortly before Christmas, finally talked the Mister into putting in up. I just love it! It’s covered in a warm white burlap…it seems more me than the old fixture that was previously in this spot.


After I set up my flowers, I thought this basket of grapefruit would look nice in the dining room too. With the flowers it seems so springy and fresh, don’t you think?My mother-in-law sent us two boxes of freshly picked grapefruits from the tree in her yard. Mmm, wouldn’t you love to have citrus trees growing right outside your door?! I can hardly even imagine how wonderful and delicious that would be. I’d be putting lemons in everything and before too long I probably wouldn’t have any enamel left on my teeth 😉



Well, peeps, that’s all for now! I hope things are warming up for you and you’re feeling a spring in your step…lol. Have a great weekend! Chat later…


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  • Sandra van Doorn

    these pictures put me in a mood to go flower shopping! i love the orange / pink combination, you are right it's so fresh. can't believe the size of those grapefruit! xo sandra

    March 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    as your neighbor slightly to the south in IL, i can very much relate to your feeling about winter. we have snow piled high here too 🙁 we just got back from sunny AZ, where there were citrus trees in my mom's yard…really miss those! bet your grapefruits are yummy! your dining room looks gorgeous with the tulips and light fixture AND everything else in it…sooo pretty! lovely photos too, of course! have a great weekend!!

    March 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Tricia, I have to admit I started pinning photos before I even finished reading your post! (I did go back and finish reading it 🙂
    I got so excited to see your beautiful dining room! Your new light fixture is stunning! You are always a master at styling and photographing flowers! Your post is such a beautiful treat! I can't wait to see your living room post soon!
    I hope spring comes to the midwest soon!

    March 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    I love your elegant, yet casual style. Beautiful decor and photos! Enjoy your day. 🙂

    March 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Ann

    Those flowers are so pretty
    and I love your dining room
    it looks so inviting with a touch of relaxed elegance.

    March 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • Brandi

    So very pretty! Tricia, you can do no wrong!!!

    March 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • federica

    wonderful colors those flowers!! F.

    March 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Dagmar

    I have learned so much from your blog about taking are simply amazing and I thank you for you sweet way you share!
    Thanks Tricia!

    March 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Lara

    Your new light fixture looks so nice over your diningroom table! I have a similar pale burlap lampshade on my nightstand lamp and I love the soft light it gives off. Everything looks so pretty ~ enjoy those bunches pink tulips! I think we have the same table runner ~ PB, right? 😉 I so hear ya.. I keep watching the weather reports to see when all this snow will melt. Me and the kids are just aching to be outside.

    March 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    The pink tulips are so rosy! Love the new light fixture.

    March 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    I love the pops of pink especially those tulips! They definitely put me in the mood for Spring 🙂

    March 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • The Farmers Daughter

    Just Lovely!!!!!!

    March 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    How beautiful, Tricia…just what I need to think of spring!

    March 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm Reply
  • Blondie's Journal

    I love your new light fixture! It makes your dining room look totally different. Didn't you use to have a ladder in the corner? Your flowers are gorgeous. I need to get some to perk up this house, I think it has cabin fever more than me! ;-D


    March 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Tereza

    wow these photos are just beautiful!!!!! your place is amazing 🙂

    March 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Oh Tricia,

    Your posts always make my heart go a pitter-patter! lol It's all so gorgeous! I'm lucky to have such an inspiring blogger friend! Sorry to hear about the cold – it's warming up over here, though it can get way too hot in the summers where I am! 🙁 Wishing you a wonderful day!


    March 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    Love the tulips and the light, beautiful! Lots of snow here too although with the sun shining today it feels a little Springy:)


    March 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Sherri

    Tricia, what a beautiful post! I love your home. The pink tulips are just gorgeous!!

    March 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Bente

    This is just beautiful.

    Have a nice weekend


    March 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Simply beautiful!

    March 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Pam

    Your tulips are gorgeous. A real blast of spring is exactly what I needed. Your new light fixture is awesome. I'll have to go see what the old one looked like, but this one is pretty special!

    March 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Pam

    OK, just checked it out. I can't believe what a difference a new light fixture can make. Totally different look.

    March 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging

    Can I come live at your house?

    I can tell you are going to get Pins for these photos. I pinned one already.

    Thank you!

    March 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • *Smukke Ting*

    Dear Tricia,
    wonderful pics!!! I love the atmosphere in your beautiful home!!!

    Greetings from Germany,


    March 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    Love your beautiful pink tulips…so pretty! And the new light fixture is great.

    March 8, 2013 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Custom Comforts

    Your pink tulips are just gorgeous in the galvanized tub. The whole room is so full of light and looks like a breath of spring blew in. The only times my rooms are that bright is when there is snow on the ground and then I take as many pictures as I can. You have a most lovely home.

    March 8, 2013 at 12:06 am Reply
  • Deanna

    The only spring I am feeling is what I buy at the grocery store wrapped in florist paper…love your pink tulips, wow 40 that is a goodly amount of tulips. But they look terrific in that galvanized bucket. Sweet!!

    March 8, 2013 at 12:33 am Reply
  • Just B @ Love Where You Live

    Gorgeous, love the tulips! Thanks, Tricia, for this pretty glimpse of Spring. 🙂

    March 8, 2013 at 2:28 am Reply
  • michele

    absolutely delicious!

    smiles to you.


    March 8, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply
  • Myplace4tea

    So pretty!

    March 8, 2013 at 3:44 am Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Oh, no one can make a galvanized container look as classy as you do, Tricia! Absolutely fabulous images!

    March 8, 2013 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    Your bucket of tulip blossoms is DIVINE! And I love the pairing with the grapefruit. I'm one of those lucky people (like your mother-in-law) that can grow citrus in my own garden. I've got a whole bunch of lemons hanging on the tree right now… so many I can't find enough uses for them. I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble finding ways to consume them. *wink*

    March 8, 2013 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    I'm loving your abundance of tulips and grapefruit! You have an amazing eye for styling, just stunning photos.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply
  • tinajo

    Gorgeous photos!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply
  • My Little Bungalow

    Oh my goodness, those pink flowers are stunning! And your photos too!

    March 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Nook and Cranny

    Love, love everything!

    March 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Vintage French Hen

    So elegant! This really turned out beautifully, so glad I stopped by! Marcia

    March 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    Your styling is gorgeous! And man…you have A LOT of grapefruits to eat! LOL

    March 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • The Rosegarden in Malevik

    just Lovley 🙂
    like the photos…..
    and do not miss…..


    it is FUN 🙂
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

    March 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Lisa Gordon

    Your springish feel is wonderful, Tricia, and much needed here.
    Last night "they" told us it was supposed to be just a lot of rain.
    They lied!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply
  • Eva (

    Your new pendant is fabulous!!! You are creating the most amazing home and your photography is fabulous!!

    March 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Priscila Peters

    Your dining room is fabulous! Love the pastel colors and the flowers.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Inspired by you

    Simply gorgeous! I love your flowers!

    March 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm Reply
  • Silvina Soave

    Bella decoración, las flores son preciosas y las fotografías excelentes!!.Abrazos y feliz fin de semana.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:07 am Reply
  • Rosie Grey

    What a beautiful composition! I also bought tulips to bring spring into my home 🙂 Can't wait to see your hydrangeas – I love them, too! Have a wonderful weekend!

    March 9, 2013 at 1:53 am Reply
  • Sandi~A Cottage Muse

    Gorgeous dining space!
    Love the new lighting (where did you get it?)!!
    The flowers are a beautiful invitation for Spring to hurry up and arrive!

    March 9, 2013 at 11:41 am Reply
  • * Villa Lieblich *

    so wonderful

    March 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Linda R

    What a beautiful post. I just love your photos and your house looks so pretty. My sister used to have a huge apricot tree in her yard. I loved to go pick bag fulls of apricots. Then she moved. Now I find it hard to buy them. They are so expensive and they don't even taste as good. I do hope you get some spring weather soon..


    March 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Pilar

    Unas fotos fantásticas que ya anuncian la primavera. Un beso

    March 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • Sherrie St. Hilaire

    So, so very gorgeous! I love your home…your style! You have an eye for beauty!

    March 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply
  • Rosemary and Thyme

    Wow, your photos are stunning. Talk about inspiration. If this post doesn't speak spring, I don't know what does. Your home is just so welcoming and bright. I love it. I am your newest follower. I hope you can follow back.


    March 10, 2013 at 4:18 am Reply
  • Nola Grasby

    Love your dinning room-cant wait to see more of your house. Pink tulips are my favorite.your photos are beautiful.

    March 10, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Mari Crea

    Beautiful pink tulips
    Good Sunday

    March 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Awwww, lovely decor and photos! 🙂
    Have a wonderful new week.

    March 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    I agree, Tricia! Your new shade really warms up the entire room. LOVE it! And the pop of pretty pink against your neutrals is sooooo refreshing! Spring's gotta get here sooner or later…doesn't it….? lol

    xoxo laurie

    March 11, 2013 at 1:16 am Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    As always, I am totally in love with your home and photography. If only you lived closer to me then you could come over and teach me a thing or two (or twelve).

    March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • Hyds

    Love the set up and your home looks so beautiful.. love pink tulips.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Your post makes me almost cry for spring, it has been so gray & gloomy…. Yesterday we had just a little peak of spring with 66 degrees with a bit of sun, but today it is Michigan once again with 42, rain & that chill in the air that makes me long for spring~
    thanks for sharing,

    March 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Your photos are truly amazing and your home right out of a magazine! Truly enjoyed my visit here!

    March 12, 2013 at 12:12 am Reply
  • Clara {Clover and Violet}

    Beautiful photos, just perfect in every way. I love your pretty tulips they are a gorgeous shade of pink and the bucket is perfect for displaying them. Love your new light fixture too!!

    March 12, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Linda@Coastal Charm

    Your pics are beautiful! I'm sure the snow will be gone soon and it will then feel more like spring in your area. I love your new light fixture, it looks erfect over your table. I would love to have you join us at my linky party that is going on.


    March 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Keeping It Cozy

    Tricia, your dining room is one of my favorites and has been since I first visited your blog! I absolutely love your new light fixture – it fits perfectly. The tulips and grapefruits just scream spring – love it!

    March 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Junkchiccottage

    Your home is beautiful. I love your dining room. My heart was racing as I looked at it. So gorgeous. I am a new follower.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Val

    You make everything look perfectly dreamy.

    March 13, 2013 at 1:31 am Reply
  • Dori at The Red Feedsack

    I found your blog via Amy's Girl Time Tuesday – I was featured there today also! 🙂 I have enjoyed looking around your blog and love it. I really, really love that galvanized bucket with the tulips in it!!! Brilliant idea! 🙂 Good to meet you. ~ Dori ~

    March 13, 2013 at 1:39 am Reply
  • likeschocolate

    What a beautiful table setting! I love all the pink tulips and I love the chair covers.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:26 am Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    Nothing says spring like bunches of tulips! Your dining room is simply stunning as are your gorgeous photos and your new light fixture is so pretty hanging over your table.

    I would love to have citrus trees outside my back door!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:47 am Reply
  • Valerie Falcon

    Hi Tricia I started following you and i love your home your dining room and the tulips are so chic love it!! thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Val

    March 13, 2013 at 3:58 am Reply
  • sandy @ french laundry 132

    I Tricia! Tomorrow I am heading up to Iowa! I checked the weather channel and it looks like I am sure to see snow, ice and rain LOL!

    I am hoping for snow! You can slap me now LOL

    March 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Debra @ Common Ground

    That light fixture changes the whole mood of your room, it's perfect! and those amazing tulips look like a soft watercolor painting!!

    March 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Vintage Home

    oh wow…I have dropped by before and am in love with your beautiful cabinet in your dinning room…and with the great fixture..WOW! But spring it is in your home with those pretty tulips and those colour perfect grapefruits!

    March 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm Reply
  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    What a beautiful light fixture! I love how it goes with your dining room, which is also beautiful, too!

    March 14, 2013 at 12:11 am Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    I am happy to report
    that Whole Foods had
    tulips priced at $5.99
    for 10 this week! You'll
    see my own bunch pop
    up in my post, tomorrow.

    When we go to Palm Springs
    for part of spring break
    each year, we LOVE the
    citrus hanging in the trees!
    But even better, to me, are
    the orange blossoms….Oh,
    how sweet they smell : )

    xo Suzanne

    March 14, 2013 at 2:02 am Reply
  • Tazas y Cuentos

    Your dining room is lovely and your photos….just fantastic!!!
    I've been visiting your previous posts and I enjoyed your images a lot, congratulations!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

    March 14, 2013 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Eclectically Vintage

    What a stunning room! Love that light fixture and that pitch fork I see peeking out. Fresh grapefruit would be heavenly too!

    March 14, 2013 at 2:48 am Reply
  • Little Cottage on the Pond

    Love the dining room! SO glad I found your blog- we share a similar style and the same first name!

    March 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    So beautiful! My favorite flower is the pink tulip!
    You have inspired me to purchase an arm full of tulips on the way home!

    March 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    I think I might have pinned every image in this post…
    just beautiful.
    where did you buy your stems? gorgeous!!!!

    And, where did you get your drum shade? We have a huge one that I ordered from Pottery Barn, when we moved in this house….I love yours!

    March 22, 2013 at 11:11 am Reply
  • April

    I just love your style! Where did you get your burlap chandelier? I love it and have been looking for something just like it. Thank you!

    April 15, 2013 at 1:24 am Reply
    • Tricia

      It's from Pottery Barn 🙂

      April 22, 2013 at 4:43 am Reply

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