Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dining with Daffodils

Daffodils are out! At least at our local grocery store. There's nothing that makes the dining room brighter than a dozen are so smiling daffodils. 













We spend a lot of time in our dining room. We enjoy our meals there of course. Since we expanded the table, we've also been using it for many other pursuits. The large flat workspace has proven great for sewing projects, wrapping gifts, sorting through piles of paper in preparing our taxes, and Mike even used it recently to assemble a poster for a work conference. 

However, the most wonderful thing about the expanded table is that there is plenty of room for two bouncy chairs! This allows us to be able to sit down to meals - together - much more often. Although this has always been important to us, it became harder to do with two newborn sweetie pie babies. xo 

The babies gaze up at the chandelier as if it were a large mobile.  When their interest begins to wane, we adjust the dimmer which creates different sparkles and hues. With all that gazing, I've had to put 'dust and clean chandelier' on my to do list. 















Happy daffodils (even the grocery store variety) to you! 

68 comments :

  1. Gorgeous and very inspiring, I may just have to try it for myself.

    Leeann x

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  2. the first daffodils in our garden are out! every end of february i am so grateful to live in ireland and to have a huge garden. in most parts of europe there is still snow or at least grey landscapes. it is so nice to welcome early spring with some daffodils inside the house too. your dining room looks soooo bright, beautiful.

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  3. Trina, I am going in search of some 'daffs' today...as nothing says spring like daffodils. We have them popping up all over the place here in England but no flowers just yet...but as you say there will be plenty at the grocery store. Robx

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  4. Lovely. I would love to know more about that container.
    pve

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  5. Trina,

    I'm sure the beautiful bright yellow daffodils will catch the babies attention as well. Store bought or garden grown, I welcome all flowers into my home!

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  6. L*O*V*E the daffodils!! So happy they are finally in the grocery stores....now I just can't wait for their arrival in my yard:)

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  7. It makes me happy to see your daffodils, and hear about your family dinners. Have a great day!

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  8. Happy daffodils to you to! After a long cold winter, the sight of the daffs, even in the supermarket, is uplifting.

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  9. Love the shot of the room where you can see the picket fence outside. So sweet!

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  10. I am so thrilled so hear that you found daffodils at the store! March 1st and daffodils.....happiness! Your dining room is lovely, simple and fresh....I adore it.

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  11. It really is almost Spring - beautiful daffodils. Mine are popping up in the yard getting ready to bloom in a couple of weeks!

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  12. Your daffodils are beautiful, as well as the rest of your farmhouse!!

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  13. Nothing screams 'SPRING' than that of bright yellow daffodils. So pretty :)

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  14. What a beautiful way to announce Spring into your home! I've been eyeing the bulb flowers at our local grocery too but never like the way they have them arranged in those tacky bright aluminum wrappers. I like how you've given yours a new home in that lovely pot. Just beautiful!

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  15. Beautiful! Our daffodils are popping out of the ground here. Aren't they just the happiest little flowers? You are starting a wonderful habit with your little ones. Eating dinner together is one of the best gifts you can give to your family. Carla

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  16. Your dining-room is so beautiful. The windows...Oh my! Of course, the daffodils add to that. Gorgeous photos. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  17. so pretty Trina! I can not believe how green it is out the window.... looks like summer! Lucky you! We still have feet of snow. Your daffodils are a lovely reminder that Spring really is right around the corner (at least I hope so;)

    xoj.

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  18. We have had so much snow and ice here in Michigan that your post was a breath of fresh air!!!!

    Your home is beautiful!!

    Be blessed,

    Amy

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  19. My first daughter's first word was light for the very same reason:)

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  20. So nice to hear about your babies. Sweet story about the chandelier :-)
    And today I THINK spring came to Norway!! It's dripping from the roof for the first time this year.
    We have ski World Championship in Oslo now, and a lot of snow. And we need it for that, of course. But just after that, I would like it to disappear. For quite a few months!!!

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  21. Thank you for the glimpse of Spring and the update about your dear family. I loved hearing about your wee ones and their fascination with the chandelier. My oldest grandson did the same when they visited - his incredible involvement with the chandelier always amazed me. It served to keep him happy many times!
    ~Adrienne~

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  22. Happy Daffodils to you, Trina. Your dining room is gorgeous. There is nothing more cheerful that a little splash of yellow this time of year. Bring on Spring!
    Jeanne

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  23. Sounds like the perfect way to have dinner. I am jealous as mine are grown. Just waiting ever so patiently for grandchildren.
    The daffodils are the first sign of spring around NC...the budding bradford pear trees will be next. It makes me giddy!

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  24. It is amazing...a week ago we were in the dead of winter, and now everything is blooming already-the cherry trees, the dogwoods, the forsythia, the daffodils and tulips! Sure hope we don't get another cold snap.

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  25. The daffodils are here in Oregon too! And so are the hyacinth. They were three for $10 at Safeway so of course I had to bring some home. Enjoy your daffodils. They look perfectly at home in your beautiful, sunshine-filled dining room.

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  26. Beautiful and bright and cheery! Perfect

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  27. Beautiful! Flowers make everything better :)

    Belly B
    http://www.papertiaras.com

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  28. Love that imagery of the babies looking up at a dimmed chandelier with sparkling crystals dancing on the walls. I can almost see it. I love your blog. It is calming. I can't believe I'm finally the first one to comment you usually have 3 billion comments. I have, if I'm lucky 3. Hee Hee.
    Lisa

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  29. Your daffodils look really good in front of your mirror. I think you have inspired me to do a daffodil drawing. It sure makes me think of spring. Becky of TerpCreek.com

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  30. gorgeous and of course the lovely container you have them in helps!!

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  31. Okay, I'm so envious of these bloggers and the flowers that are blooming. As I look out my window we are at least ankle deep in snow still!

    :( Blogging from the Midwest!

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  32. Nothing says spring like daffodil blossoms :) I love the pop of yellow!
    Happy Spring to you :)

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  33. Ahh...spring flowers, we are knee deep in snow here in the rockies...I miss the Oregon Coast and the mild winters. Enjoy the green.

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  34. Oh, my! What a heavenly home you have! Daffodils were always the bravest flowers when I lived in Illinois. Then soon there would be lilacs, my favorite. I'll be reading you and dreaming of my own country home (future). Susan

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  35. Daffodils just say March to me and very apt for St David's day as the national flower of Wales. Beautiful dining room, so lovely that you use it all the time.

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  36. It's so gorgeous! I love daffodils! I bought some at the grocery store too.

    Kathy

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  37. They are my favorite flower, can't get enough of Spring time flowers. I love the container you have them in, just lovely. What a fun mental image of you have dinner with two babies in bouncy seats on the table! We use to do that too, but only one at a time! Love that you are a mommy!

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  38. Spring has sprung in your lovely room for sure! I really need to go and get some flowers for my office. More snow last night but it is melting as I speak. Kit

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  39. absolutely beautiful, trina!
    is it hard to keep them alive inside like that?
    I've always put them in water but never planted them in pots in the house.....

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  40. Loving the daffodils... need to bring some of the smiling sunshine into our home.
    Where is all your clutter? Where the camera doesn't see?
    Yes, I need daffodils, sunshine, and less clutter....LOL.
    Love your dining room; with the sun shining, the green grass, and the white picket fence it looks like Spring...must be the daffodils.

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  41. What a lovely image to think of your two gazing up at that chandelier! When my twins were babies, we did bouncy chairs on the dining room table too. Then graduated to Bumbos. Of course that stopped with they learned to tip back in them. Daffodils are so sunny and happy.

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  42. I think we all need light now after this long and hard winter. It'll be exciting to see how my daffodils shall come up this spring. Still half a meter snow in south-west of Finland...

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  43. Daffodils are such happy flowers - I love tulips too. I'm so ready for Spring! LOVE your table!

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  44. We love both Daffodils and Tulips. We currently have both in our house. At this time of year with Old Man Winter trying to hang on as long as he can, and us wanting desparatly to be able to get outside and garden, they make us smile and realize that Spring is just around the corner... Our Easter tablescape always has Daffodils and Dutch Irises in it....
    Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

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  45. daffodils are one of my absolute favorites...every year I think I should plant more and then never get it accomplished when fall rolls around...maybe this year :)

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  46. I agree with you - I love the way they brighten up a room! I feel the same way about tulips. I have some pink ones on my kitchen table right now!
    Shelley

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  47. Trina, the daffodils are so cheery and happy. If I were Graham or Margaret, I'd be staring at them...after being dazzled by the chandelier of course!
    Your dining room is so lovely...the windows and the sunshine were worth every piece of blue tape used to create it!
    xoxo J~

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  48. I don.t think I would make it through February without supermarket daffodils. Seriously. :)

    In fact, I just posted about my Daffs today.

    Your dining room is so beautiful, Trina! And it's so sweet to picture the four of you sitting down to dinner with the chandy dimmed... :)

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  49. Love your styling Trina. Your home is always a breath of fresh air to me. It is so cold and snowy here still!! Hope all is well with you and the babes and your honey and puppy too, xo Terri

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  50. They're absolutely beautiful. Confession: I've never really liked daffodils because they're just too 'easy' to grow -- like it takes not skill at all. Is that horrible?!

    However, you have made them look absolutely beautiful in your dining room. : )

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  51. Daffodils, one of my favorite Spring flowers and yours look so nice in your dining room. My garden is bursting, you'd love it. Please come visit...my recent post shows a few Spring beauties.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  52. LOVE. DAFFODILS. One of life's little pleasures! Such a gorgeous blog! Miss Walker xoxo

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  53. Oh the daffodils are so pretty. They always let you know that Spring is almost here.

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  54. Hello trin,a
    yes, nothings is brighter in spring than Daffodils. They are so wonderful blooming and smelling, too. Your house looks perfect. So very inviting and I can imagine how nice it is to have such a big table. Really the heart of the house.I came from Kathy @ A Delightsome Life and I am a new follower to your blog.
    Wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  55. Dearest Trina,

    Got here from A Delightsome Life, via Kathy... and am following your blog now. Lovely home you acquired and the daffodils really do brighten an early spring day. We have them outside in different Heirloom varieties; all fragrant ones and we do bring them inside.

    Have a great weekend, lots of love,

    Mariette

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  56. I love that sunny dining room! The daffodils are just perfect, especially at this time of year.

    I am new to your blog and am loving it! I hope that you stop by mine and visit. :-)

    ~Melanie
    (who is dreaming of daffodils & spring as she looks out her window at the falling snow)

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  57. "The babies gaze up at the chandelier as if it were a large mobile." I love that! Did you ever see the Waterford ad with the little girl next to the crystal bowl. It spoke of teaching children to appreciate beautiful things from the very beginning.

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Congratulations on your Flea Market Style mention!

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  58. SO gorgeous! I am still waiting on spring!

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  59. The daffodils seem right at home in your dining room! We have daffodils popping up all over the yard, and it's our first spring in our home, so I have no idea what has been planted over the years. Fun suprises!

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  60. I love the simplicity of your decor. The touch of yellow is beautiful in there.
    Happy baby gazing.

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  61. WOW, great minds think alike!!
    www.thislinworthfarmhouse.blogspot.com

    Thank you SO MUCH for the inspiration... I can only hope to be able to pull mine together so well!

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  62. Well you have certainly inspired me to pull my seldom used copper fish poacher down from my rack and fill it with springtime instead.
    Always so nice to stop by. Honestly I would love to nibble on those little piggies above!
    take care,
    xo Lisa

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  63. I always love my first glimpse of daffodils each spring! Last year, before we tore the house down on our lot, we were thrilled to discover that there were literally dozens of daffodils on the property. We picked them for a few weeks, and our house was so sunny and yellow!

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  64. I love your copper pot of daffodils. They also add such a great touch of spring to any room.

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  65. I love the mini daffodils! And every night when one of us sits down to dinner while the other holds the baby, I think, "one day we will eat dinner in the dining room again ..." ha.

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