We've been looking for a dining room suite for months. Our wish list included: Queen Anne chairs (with our without cushions), a table with at least 1 leaf and 4 legs (no pedestals --- Mr. F hates running into those under the table), cherry stain, and matching lighted China cabinet with lots of storage on the bottom for easy access. It is surprisingly difficult to find this combination for a price that we WANTED to pay. My sister-in-law, designer extraordinaire Rebecca, found a great set at an estate sale. The Pennsylvania House set was made in the mid 80s (I found shipping tags under some of the chairs) and has had at least one owner. The table has some significant dings, but we think it gives it some character!
Before our new set, we had an oak table originally from Alaska that was passed on to us. Rebecca was so sweet to let us borrow her beautiful chairs. They were a dramatic improvement over the caned 70's style chairs we used to have. Rebecca is going to help me pick out new fabric for the new chairs. We also have to decide on a new paint color (I am leaning toward Benjamin Moore's Wedgewood Grey) and get some picture frame moulding on the walls.
We love our eclectic sets of China. The green pattern is from a full set that my dad used to keep in his basement. The blue set on either side is part of a 7 setting group that came from my Gramma Cloyes. Stored below are 5 settings of grey and pink floral.