Dining Room

After the Morrison family removed everything they wanted to keep from the house, they left many pieces of furniture, paintings, dishes, knick-knacks, small appliances, etc to make the house look better. We bought all the furnishing from them. That gave us the immediate benefit of needing to buy very little in order to be able to stay in the house. In fact, when we stayed in it in December and January, just after buying it, we had only to buy sheets and towels to be able to stay.

Now that's not to say that we LIKED everything in the house. In fact, the things we liked least were probably those most treasured by Pepper Morrison -- her bone china teacup collection and her dozens of dust-catchers. The dining room held the largest repository of these items since it housed the corner cabinet and the hutch.

Add in orange and yellow wallpaper that featured some sort of bird and lots of flowers and a very busy hooked rug, and you get a room that felt anything but restful.

We knew we didn't want to keep all the cups and saucers, but felt certain they were loved by Mrs. Morrison. Pat painted a still life of two of them to hang in the dining room, and we sold the rest to an antiques dealer.  The painting reminds us that someone before us loved this house.

After we painted the walls the same toasted almond as the living room, replaced the rug with one we brought from Arkansas, hung our paintings and loaded the hutch and corner cabinet with our Hadley pottery and glassware, we have a room we feel more comfortable in.