Sandra Lee's Dining Room

Sandra Lee gives Food Network Magazine a tour of her historically inspired dining room. (Photographs by Steve Giralt)

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Photo By: Steve Giralt

Photo By: Steve Giralt

Photo By: Steve Giralt

Photo By: Steve Giralt

Photo By: Steve Giralt

Old Charm

During breaks from filming Sandra's Money Saving Meals in Stamford, Conn., the star ducked out to go antiquing in small towns nearby. During these trips, she found a vintage ballot box (right) and an antique icebox that's great for storage. On top of it, Sandra keeps her grandmother's glassware in a copper rain catcher.

The Right Pattern

Sandra had trouble finding plates that would work for Thanksgiving. "So many had pheasants on them, and I didn't want to look at that," she says. She fell in love with this set of Spode Delamere china (888-778-1471).

Fine Print

The room's Founding Fathers theme comes from one of Sandra's DIY projects: She mined websites and printed out photos, quotes and letters from George Washington, Ben Franklin and others, then had them mounted and framed.

White on White

Sandra used shades of white throughout the house and brought white to the dining room table in this holiday arrangement: mercury glass vessels with white roses, her favorite flower. She keeps an even bigger arrangement of white roses in the formal living room.

Mix Master

Sandra made the dining room comfortable by mixing formal furniture, like a Ralph Lauren wingback chair, with rustic-looking pieces, like a Restoration Hardware farm table and copper pots from a flea market in Paris.