Monday, July 9, 2012

the dining room

In our last home we had an eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining room. In our new home we only have one dining space There is no "eat-in" in the kitchen, although we still call it the kitchen table. I guess it technically is.  The fact that the dining room backs up to the living room is convenient for entertaining (which we've only done once so far).... less convenient for having the aftermath of dinner in the middle of the main floor.  But, truly, only having one eating space has yet to be an issue.

I do think we could use two more dining chairs, or a bench. And it is possible my attitude could change during the holiday season. But for now...one dining space in the home is sufficient.

We also hope to use other areas of our home more intentionally. We have a dining set on the front porch and one on the back patio. The day will come when these spaces are cleaned up enough for regular use.

But for now here's a look at some progress of where our family currently dines...

The dining room has an opening to the kitchen, I talked about that a bit here.  That opening really helps the room feel like an eat-in. I simply make the plates and food and stick them on the bar. The kids are able to pick them up on the other side and put them on the table without anyone getting in each other's way.


The main floor was all painted in this gold color. Pretty, but a bit too warm for me. If you know me you know I like my colors cool. So one of the first things I did was pick out a paint color. We went with Gray Ghost by Olympic. It's a cool gray that changes all day long. (That only slightly drives me nuts.)

This wall below is leading from the living room, on the left side of the photo, to the kitchen, on the right. The stairs to go up on the right and the stairs that go down are behind the wall on the left. This little wall probably gets walked by more than any other. That table was in our foyer at the last home. I like it's dimensions for that space.


In these pictures below you can see the new gray paint color. I love gray and white. I also love contrast. White chairs against a dark table...my fave!

The light fixture is pretty, but also on the list of things to change. I'd like to see something a bit more contemporary in the space. Traditional is not me.

Also on the to-do list for this space...artwork, roman shades and possibly curtains. We also like the idea of different seating, a bench perhaps on the kitchen side.


You can see the stairs a bit better in this picture below. The open door on the left goes to the basement and the stairs on the right go up to the boys' rooms.  The foyer table has temporarily been moved to the master bedroom as a night stand. (It's pretty sad in there.)

I'm thinking this wall is the perfect spot (it's almost the only spot) to display our supper blessings.


Here's a look from the dining room into the living room.  That $100 dresser from the flea market found it's home behind the sofa. Perfect. The dresser was originally purchased to be a foyer dresser but once I noticed the open space behind the sofa and that the shorter height of the dresser matched the sofa's back perfectly...it was destined to be our buffet. (No one else ever seems to be as giddy as me about this discovery.)

And thanks to an outlet in the floor under the sofa, we don't have to worry about tripping on the lamp's cord. Love that! We use that lamp nightly when we sit on the sofa.


There you have it. The dining room. Up next the hallway...oh...ah!

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