Cottage Dining Room and Catch Up
This coastal cottage dining room is decorated in neutrals, punctuated with black & white buffalo check curtains. With a relaxed causal vibe and a timeworn farm table, it warmly welcomes family & friends.
Happy August from the cottage! Anyone else want another July? I know I do. It’s been sublime here. Sublime I tell you! Sunny, soft breezes, wonderfully mild warm temps. I love it! This weather is everything that keeps me loving the Oregon Coast. Even in the rainy season. I am not even close to ready to let it go.
This is a post I’ve really needed to write, just to bring you into what’s going on in my world. So I thought we’d sit around my farm table to do it! I’ve been terrible about sharing this part of my life, instead posting sporadically on Facebook and Instagram without a full story to explain. Well today, I’m going to try to catch you up on the last 6 months of happenings here. Please forgive me if I repeat something.
I’m going to just do bullet points. Hopfully that keeps it shorter.
Some of you may recall my knee has given me trouble on and off for a few years now. I recently found out I actually need a knee replacement, due to bone loss from arthritis (right knee). But my doctor and I agree that we want to try to put that off as long as possible. I’ve heard that sometimes the operation can result in patients filing knee replacement lawsuits due to the use of defective artificial knees, so I’m a little concerned about the risk of that happening. However, the quicker it gets replaced, the quicker I’ll be out of pain. One of my friends also told me about looking into physical therapy for knee replacements, she recommended one that helped her through her rehabilitation process. I’ll have to look at that, it may be beneficial for me after the replacement.
Before we took our trip to Savannah, I had my first cortisone injection in my knee. That helped, and with no aggressive walking, we had a wonderful time! I’m sorry I never did a proper blog post to share our trip with you. Because…
I returned home from Savannah, and in early June, right before I flew to to California to visit my family, I came down with a cold. I proceeded to get just terribly sick while I was there, I had to hit urgent care (not like me at all) and I had a horrible chest cold for weeks. It really knocked me for a loop.
Now, because of the trouble with my right knee, I’m not walking correctly, and my gate is off. I know… I’m just a mess. Sadly, I’ve developed a horrible case of planter fasciitis in my left foot. I’m doing everything I can to get it under control. Ice, ibuprofen, supportive footwear, night splint, stretches, stretching tools, etc…
Because of this, my mobility has been really compromised so I haven’t been able to do all the fun decorating I love so much. Sometimes my heel is so bad I can’t step down on it at all. Between that and my knee. It’s almost comical. For those like me struggling to get up and about, adding a stairlift to your home could make a world of difference when it comes to going up and down stairs each day.
I just had my second cortisone shot last Thursday, and my knee hurt so badly, that I spent Friday with my leg up and ice on my knee, all day. So far, it’s not as successful as the first one. That has me a bit worried.
All of the above is why I have not been as active doing projects and seasonal decorating like I normally do. I would go crazy if I let my house fall apart, so after my work obligations, cleaning and keeping things up is coming first right now, as well as all the things we do to keep our homes running smoothly; like doing the marketing, banking, laundry, watering my Summer flowers, etc…
Right now, my hope is to put off a knee replacement as long as possible! If that means even making it through the holidays and then re-assessing, I’m okay with that.
Mobility issues can be such a pain, but it is so important to find solutions that can make your life easier. For example, some of my friends live in Sydney and their elderly mother struggles to walk up the stairs. To help her to live out her golden years as comfortably as possible, they have decided to build a granny flat on their land. Check out this useful guide to granny flats to find out more about how they can be the ideal living arrangement for someone with reduced mobility: www.grannyflatbuilders-sydney.com.au.
Whew! I tried to keep that as short as possible. Now, all of that knee & heel business aside, it doesn’t stop my from planning for future projects!! Because the wheels in my head never stop spinning.
I’m so glad I never told you guys I was considering a kitchen renovation (at least I don’t think I did?)… because I decided that our budget would be better spent doing a few smaller-scale things in the kitchen, and saving the larger budget to finally renovate our upstairs bathroom. Keeping in mind, I could change my mind. Like that time we decided to build a shop and put all our other large renovation plans on hold. I’ll try really hard to share my mini kitchen plans & ideas with you when I share the new brick wall!
As far as the dining room goes… if you don’t turn the other way, you’d never know we had the far wall of the kitchen cabinets torn out to install the new brick accent wall. So, we will pretend that’s all just not there right now. Sound good? Good!
With the kitchen (plan reveal soon) underway, that means the farm table, and our “dining room” is staying as-is! I’ve been searching for 4 matching dining room chairs. The set I have now is lovely, but I only bought 2, and was using them as the captains chairs, or at the head of the table.
I got them at HomeGoods, and I finding another set of 2 that match (buying online isn’t an option, not being able to side by side compare the color and finish) is a long shot. I found a chair I fell head-over-heels for, but they are $400 a piece! And that is not going to happen.
Right now, I’m making due with a DIY bench, and the two rattan chairs I already own. I don’t want to settle, so instead I’m going to hope something finds me somehow, or I fall for something at a lesser price-point. It could happen.
The really great news about this space is, that we are going to have an electrical box installed over the dining table!! I can finally hang a light fixture. The ceiling has no outlets or boxes now, and after 12 years… I’d say it’s time.
The little brass plug in sconces have been a true blessing, and I plan to keep them. I love that they dim, and they are a wonderful source of ambient light.
I also plan to repaint the door a more subtle color so it’s not so prominent in the room. The current shades been very fun, and I love the color, but it’s time for a change!
I’m thinking of adding something different in place of the bar cart as well. I’ve had this for years and I think I’m ready to look at something new, even if it’s just switching it out for something I’ve got down at The Little Cottage.
I think I touched on the biggest things going on here at the cottage, between my knee (I know, so exciting) and the changes coming up for the kitchen and the dining room. I get to shop for a new light fixture for over the farm table, and to hang over the future new kitchen island too! I want them to coordinate, but not necessarily match.
I think the farm table will look so much better with a chandelier hanging over it, and it’ll give the room a more properly dressed, finished “dining room” feel. I’ve still got it on my list to raise those drapery rods too!
It’s always been an odd space to decorate in our home, and it’s truly most useful with a dining table in it. I think it’s so important to use our homes how they best serve us. We have a small home, and it has it’s challenges for sure. But it has blessed us! We have sheltered, lived, loved and grown in this home. And we have learned how to do a whole lot of DIY projects in it too! xoxo Shannon
Some courtesy links may be affiliate
- Plantation Shutters, blinds.com [click here]
- Sisal Rug [click here]
- Brass Wall Light Sconces [click here]
- Farm Table [local, Tru Furniture]
- Bench [DIY]
- Buffalo Check Curtain [click here]
- Curtain Rods [click here]
- Curtain Rings [click here]
- Bicycle Door Hanging [JoAnns]