Spring Touches in the Dining Room

Adding Spring Touches to the Dining Room

Hey friends, I feel like I blinked and January became February! It's been a little quiet here on the blog lately as I've been busy being a puppy-mom...house-breaking is no joke!

Millie is so smart, and she's doing great, but I've definitely had to scale back on the home projects with this little stinker needing so much attention!

To be honest, I've also found myself with a lack of motivation, something that I think many of us experience during the gloomy days of winter. I've been a little bit in 'hibernate' mode...catching up on my favorite TV show, "This Is Us" (do you cry during every episode like I do??), reading books and snuggling with Millie.

I haven't talked about my personal struggle with depression here on the blog yet, but I'm feeling the desire to be more transparent and authentic with those of you who invest your time reading my little corner of the web.

Depression and I have walked a close road ever since my boys were little...so we're talking about 20 years! I have been for counseling and taken the anti-depressants on and off over the years.

What I find is currently keeping that black hole at bay is staying away from sugar and processed foods as much as possible, exercising regularly, talking it out with Mr DIY when I'm feeling down. But most importantly, spending daily time with God!

Being a perfectionist by nature, I've beaten myself up more times than I can count for my failures. The junk food I've eaten. The couch time. But most of all, the times I've failed to be in God's word...days that ended up turning into long stretches as my sense of failure kept me in its tight fist.

However, I am learning (finally!! I'm almost 49!) to love myself better and to see myself through God's eyes of absolute unconditional love, grace and acceptance, rather than my own of judgement, paralyzing fear and self-recrimination.

If I miss a day or two in my Bible, I no longer return to it feeling like the world's biggest failure. Rather, I'm eager to spend that time in the Word and feed on His words to me! God's words are truth, and life!

Sorry if you came here for a pretty post and ended up getting a sermon! I've been praying about what to say in these pages, and this just felt right today. If you struggle with depression and would like to share or ask me more about what has worked for me, please feel free to email me at cindydiybeautify(at)gmail(.)com. I would consider it an honor to pray for you!

Moving on to the Dining Room!

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As much as I enjoy decorating for Christmas, it's always, always a relief to pack it all away and return my home to a less-cluttered state! (truly wish I could say 'UN-cluttered', but that will probably never happen!).

My dining room is a soothing palette of black and white. I love adding faux greenery in here, like this artificial  magnolia wreath or my DIY topiary.

But when I'm craving the freshness of spring, I like to add touches of blue and white! I've collected blue and white transferware and dishes for several years, and giving them a focal point in my black hutch really makes me smile!

The patterns are all different and I think that just adds to the eclectic, collected look!

Found at thrift stores and Goodwill, none of these pieces has cost more than $5...truly proof that a beautiful, collected home can be achieved on a budget!

It's a simple look that is perfect for spring!

I have a project up my sleeve that will combine my love of signs and blue and white dishes...the plan is to share that soon!

I kept a few pieces of Rae Dunn in this room...love these small ovals displayed as a table centerpiece!

I would love to know what's your favorite way to add spring to your home?

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  1. I love your blue set it is so beautiful. I have a huge collection of moss rose my mom collected for me over the years before she died that I cherish. I usually decorate in burgundy or deep colors for Christmas so I am glad for the lighter colors of spring. Love your dining room.

    1. Bonnie, your set of moss rose sounds gorgeous...even better that it's been passed down from your mom! Thanks so much for visiting today ;)

  2. Cindy, your dining room is really pretty. Black and white is such a perfect backdrop for anything you might want to add throughout the year. The blue and white touches are always perfect!

    I think it's good to share a little bit of personal, as far as you are comfortable. There are so many people who struggle with depression and to share a little might be helpful.

    1. Thanks Stacey, neutral decor is my go-to but I find when I want to add a little color, I'm definitely drawn to blue and white! Thanks for stopping by today ;)

  3. Wow, Cindy, you pretty much described me to a T, depression is a terrible thing to suffer with. What a brave thing for you to share it with us. No wonder I love visiting with you on DIY Beautify. We are cut from the same cloth.

    My January was similar to yours. Except my beloved dog began slipping away due to cancer that she had battled for nearly 5 years. She crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully this past Friday surrounded by her loved ones. She was one in a million and will be greatly missed. I know in my heart she would want me to be brave as she lived in the moment and would want me to do the same.

    God bless you in your daily walk. May you continue to grow in God's love and grace. Take care!

    1. You are just the sweetest Michele, thank you for your encouragement today! I'm so sorry for the loss of your long-loved dog! I can't imagine how difficult that's been for you! I'm so very, very glad that you choose to follow me and leave your sweet comments from time to time! God bless you!

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindy. I'm looking forward to your next post!

  5. Actually, this is a very pretty post. Because with all your hard work on yourself you are getting shinier and stronger and better and smarter!! You are the ultimate DIY!!! You can tell I am too familiar with down days or weeks or months. BUT I also know the UP days. Not everyone has the strength to change themselves. I'm not as good as tomorrow but I'm better than yesterday. Kiss, kiss, hug, hug to you all.

  6. Cindy, your decor is simply beautiful. It reminds me of the huge farm house that I grew up in on a working farm in rural north Florida. We had a pie safe, ice box, doors aged by constant use by me and my ten sisters and brothers and Ma'ma and Daddy. We had lovely old dishes acquired by redeeming S&H Green Stamps, and dish cloths sewn to large sacks of flour. We were so happy with no cell phones, no video games or Ipods. We all turned out well and will always have those sweet, sweet memories. Peace be unto you.

    1. Love your memories of growing up in a big old farmhouse! Thank you so much for your kind words :)


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