Dining nook

So I’m nearly of out of food posts and staring at three weeks of “I’ll only be able to cook because I have a slow cooker” insanity. Seems like a great time to talk about some non food topics and maybe show you around the condo a bit.

One spot that always makes me happy (and is usually relatively clean, which is why it won for the first post) is our dining corner. For those of you who didn’t read my short lived joint blog (which showed me I should really blog about cooking and was on an ugly, free template with way too much pink so I’m not linking to it here), it’s helpful to know that the main living space in the condo is wide open and each quadrant has a purpose: dining, kitchen, living, and pipe shelves. The dining space is to the right when you enter and this is the view from the kitchen: 


There’s a lot to love here and the table tops that list. When we moved to the condo we decided our bar height table had to go and we wanted something vintage. I had my heart set on a turquoise topped table. Turquoise topped tables are really, really hard to find. We scoured Craigslist for months, searched through antique malls and almost settled for a green number. I’m glad we didn’t, because when we visited Weird Stuff Antiques in KC and saw this beauty it was love at first sight. We hadn’t seen anything like it in all of our searching, so we knew it was rare. That gray scale faux bois just gets me. So pretty. It fits so much better with out modern metro style. The plan was to find new napkins to offer a punch of color to any table setting. I’m still looking, so if you know where I can find retro turquoise or mustard yellow napkins, hook a girl up!


The table needed a little love, but at $60 it was still a total steal! Hubster gave it a thorough cleaning and permanently attached the leaf. The underside got a coat of primer and the gold edging was turned white with spray paint. The legs and hardware got a coat of black paint and we waxed the top. Then we scored some repro shell chairs on a flash sale site.



The table has kind of become the permanent home for the cake stand, an anniversary gift from Hubster that spurred the 12 cakes in 2012 challenge. I love the simplicity of it.



Rounding out this area is our inspiration gallery wall. We opted to go with a very organic layout and fill an assortment of white frames with things that just make us happy. It’s a work in progress. There’s still a frame that has nothing in it and several frames that just hold random Polaroids. A few frames make me really happy. Let’s take a closer look.


This “It feels like a Tuesday” bit came from my SomeEcards daily calendar. I love acerbic wit of SomeEcards and some of them are so fitting. If I’m going to have a bad day, it’s usually a Tuesday. I don’t know if it’s the air or the proximity (or lack thereof) to the coming weekend, but Tuesdays frequently suck. The fact that someone at SomeEcards recognizes this cracks my shit up.



Young Hubster. This is actually a print of some test film that a fellow student shot when he was working toward his degree. I don’t know why he was chosen to be in front of the camera because he HATED having his picture taken back then (he’s much better now), but the rarity of young Hubster pics definitely contributes to my love of this piece. I love that he has a Truman State sweatshirt on (that’s where we met. The images are reversed which is why it looks like UST). I love that there are a range of looks and he’s not just staring at the camera. Like in the upper left, he’s all like “What do you want me to do on this side of the camera?” And, now that a few years have passed, I love how young he looks.

In the case of a fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab from this wall.



A few years ago we traveled to Boulder, Colorado, to shoot an engagement session for a couple living out there. It was my first trip and they warned me that all of their friends who visited fell in love and ultimately moved to Colorado. Add me to the list, because I’m love struck. If Hubster and I could move without worrying about our business or my 9-to-5 job, I would absolutely teleport us to Colorado. I love it there.



Another place I love: Kansas City. There are some days when I think ‘WHY did we move?’ We found this vintage KC guide complete with a rendering of the city before the highway cut through it at an antique mall. It was an easy $3 purchase.



Hubster’s Grandma, Grandma E, is one of my favorite people. I love her farmhouse style cooking and her incredible generosity. She would literally give you the shirt off her back. One of her specialties is making quilts. She has numerous quilts in some stage of completion at any given time. Quilts don’t exactly go with our aesthetic, but we really wanted to capture a piece of Grandma E on our wall. When we asked for a few quilt squares, she happily obliged. This is my second favorite piece (after the young Hubster pics).



We decided to look for a letterpress piece for our large frame. This retro St Louis Arch piece from The Firecracker Press is a great nod to St Louis, without being totally “Hey I’m the Arch” in your face.


Fact: We hate our wedding pictures. They are awful and static and not at all what we asked for. There is literally only one picture of the two of us together  in which we both look comfortable and happy. The rest of the pictures are like the one above of my bridesmaids.

Thanks, crappy photographer, for making them pose awkwardly. And that building in the background? It’s a funeral home. Where was I? Doing something very uninteresting like putting on my wedding dress. Why would we want pictures of that?

I’m not actually bitter. A lot of good things came from hating those pictures. Now they just make me laugh. Especially this one.


Last up: a Polaroid of Mojo in her “dead horse” position. Classic. She has such a rough life.

So that’s a little corner of our world and where we eat most of meals. I sit facing the gallery wall so I get a nice bump of happiness every day (staring at Hubster is nice too).

What’s going on in your dining nook? Have you jumped on the gallery wall trend? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

cara - October 1, 2012 - 7:06 pm

love it all. especially the details behind the frames. so personal and so creative – perfect!

(unlike my house, which just has 1000 pictures of our baby.) :)

ModernMealsForTwo - October 1, 2012 - 7:09 pm

Thanks! Baby pics are totally personal :)

DessertForTwo - October 2, 2012 - 2:10 am

I so enjoyed seeing inside your home!! Thanks :)

Although, it made me shudder a bit to hear you hated your wedding photos! I’m freaking out now about mine!

ModernMealsForTwo - October 2, 2012 - 12:59 pm

I’m glad you liked it! We have to clean up the rest because we have visitors this weekend so maybe I’ll get some more pics :)

If you love your engagement pics, then don’t worry :) We didn’t do an engagement session and honestly didn’t put a high enough priority (or enough budget dollars) on the photographer. Weird, considering Hubster has always been a photog. Either way, it spurred the growth of our photography business so I’m not upset.

Renee - October 2, 2012 - 4:08 pm

I love peaking into your home. And then I pretend its my home and I have Such Good Taste!!

ModernMealsForTwo - October 2, 2012 - 9:06 pm

I’m so glad you enjoy the small glimpses of areas of my home that are styled and clean enough to show. You… err… we definitely have good taste ;)

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