Happy Valentines Day, Dear Readers! Today I’m sharing the pink tablescape I presently have set in the dining hall of Granbery Manor. Last week, I hosted a little romantic dinner for my daughters and their young men and was inspired to set the table in pink for the Valentines holiday.
Although I post images of Granbery frequently on Instagram, some of you have reached out asking for me to share more “after” photos on the blog. You’ll see that our dining hall restoration and decoration is completed, and we try to enjoy it every day.
Almost all of the furnishings here are from our former home, Stoneybrook Acres, just a couple of streets over from where we live now.
As you can probably tell, I like to call houses and even rooms by romantic names, which I is why I prefer to call it my “dining hall” instead of “dining room,” haha! I like to imagine that I live in the English countryside, maybe the Cotswolds (which I am kind of obsessed with).
The pennant flag garland I hung from the mantel is called “bunting” by the Brits, and my younger daughter sewed yards and yards of it for my older daughter’s wedding last year. It’s so pretty to use it to decorate for special occasions, like this Valentine dinner. Oh, and I originally bought those standing candelabras from Facebook Marketplace for our daughter’s wedding, as well!
The tablescape started with a white textured tablecloth, with a smaller patterned one draped across the top of it at an angle. This is a Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief pattern that I actually bought in the Cotwolds when we took a big family trip to England five years ago.
Floral family china, pink vintage glassware, and inexpensive gold chargers set the tone for table. I pulled out an old napkin folding book and fashioned flowers out of these pink linen napkins.
I pulled some pink pottery and flower pots from my hutch and added tea lights to create a romantic dinner experience.
Mr. Man and I bought this 1970s china hutch when we were early married and painted it creamy white. I’ve changed out the paper in the back of it a few times over the years (it’s repositionable shelf liner!), which is currently a pink geometric pattern:
You may be wondering about the actual dinner I served.
Cooking isn’t my forte, so the tablescape looked better than the dinner tasted, I have no doubt!!! I served a ready-to-go pork tenderloin from Costco, mixed roasted vegetables (the frozen variety bag), Sister Schubert rolls, and those presliced frozen Pillsbury heart cookies. Martha Stewart, I am not . . .
This is so, so lovely! I love photos of your manor home! (I call my “dining” room the breakfast room, because it’s too tiny to be called anything else).
Thank you, Lissa! How about “breakfast nook?” Sounds so welcoming and cozy! 🙂
Very pretty, Kristie! The kids must have felt so special being served in style! Aren’t Sister Schubert rolls the best?! I’m not on instagram so I haven’t seen your updates. The dining hall is so beautiful! I especially love your wallpaper and the table linens, and your gorgeous chandelier. What a lovely room!
Thank you, Laura! The chandelier is about one hundred years old, and one of the few overhead light fixtures in the house. This is one of my favorite wallpapers we installed last year!
THANK YOU! I love your home so much and hope you will continue to share photos of it here. I don’t have instagram so I miss out 🙂
Susan, thanks so much! I will include more of the house here in the future. 🙂
Curious about your lamps on the mantle-do they plug in or is there a neat trick for lamps with no outlet? I would love to have some soft light in the evening on my mantle. Love the wallpaper! I actually went to the estate sale and saw the before dining hall. Gorgeous transformation!
Good eye! That is the one mantel in the house that actually has an outlet right there on the mantel. I found those lamps at Home Goods, and they are the perfect color and fit! So fun that you saw the house before. It is a lot brighter and livelier than it was before. 🙂
Have you ever been to the Cotswolds? It’s amazing! One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been! You have a stunningly beautiful home!
Yes Deborah, I’ve been to the Cotswolds twice and simply love it so much!
I love that wallpaper!! And I too referred to our former dining room as the dining hall! Lol! Also love all things British and especially the Cotswolds!! We’re on the same page!!
Yay, birds of a feather! 🙂
Love this Kristie! I, too, love the Cotswolds and your home DOES have that feel. This is lovely and I noticed those lamps and wondered the same thing…very nice feel to have them there and I bet it’s so pretty at night!
Love the renovation in the dining hall. Beautiful table setting. Any chance you can offer suggestions for a 90 inch round dining table?
Thank you, Patti! Large round tables are so beautiful – sometimes I feel like we should have one in our dining room since it is a square room. What kind of suggestions are you asking for?
Thank you, Lynette!
Oh it looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your dining hall with us 💚
You are so welcome, Jessica!
I was wondering if you had any suggestions/ideas for how to accessorize a round dining table, so many candle holders are long and rectangular and designed for rectangular tables. I enjoy using my tablecloths (although 90″ round is hard to procure) but dread cleaning them, any suggestions for layering as you did with your table?
I often use plain round tablecloths layered with square ones atop a round table. You can group single candleholders in clusters in the middle of a round table, or simply use a large vase or pitcher to start your center arrangement. I also like to use large coffee table books in short stacks (to act like a pedestal) in the middle of a round table.
Whats the green paint color you used on the wall?
Hi Michelle, the paint color in my dining hall is Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green in high gloss oil-based paint.
The fold of the napkins really grabbed my eye, like flowers opening up for springtime. Pink, glorious pink is pretty anywhere you put it but with green it’s such a match. First time to notice the soft green lamps on the mantle and those lovely pillows on the chairs. The china cabinet is always a favorite and they are so much fun to change things around inside. All you need now are red strawberries dipped in white chocolate and a special hot tea to enjoy the afternoon with friends.
You’re dining hall turned out beautifully. Somehow I missed this post in my inbox till now. Thank you for putting it on your blog as I do not use Instagram and have been wondering how your renovations were going on this grand home. So happy for you to have this project to create a lovely home. I too am an Anglophile.
Oh thank you so much, Pamela!