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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dining Rooms : YES or NO

Dining Rooms have always been one of my favorite rooms in the house. I know what you thinking;
  • Your crazy they are a huge waste of space!
  • I NEVER use my dining room.
  • We don't entertain enough to have a dining room.
  • I don't have a big enough family, so I don't need one.
  • We aren't "formal" people.

I think my love for dining rooms goes all the way back to my childhood. We ate in our dining room all the time and I LOVED it. I am not just talking Thanksgiving and Christmas, I mean birthdays, dinners with friends, family get together's, pretty much anytime it required more then 6 people at the table. Our kitchen was very small but then again so was our dining room but some how we managed to get everybody in. On really big get togethers we would spread out into the living room ( which is another room that most home owners have done away with... that will be another post). The time I liked most was dessert time. ( not for the reason you are thinking but that's great to)  I loved it because the adults sat and drank their coffee, the kids sat and ate their desserts, the craziness of getting the food on the table hot was over, the candles would have burned down enough to play with the wax and everyone was content just to sit and talk. Yes people, I said sit and talk. Something, I think in today's world is a rarity; we just don't take the time.

So this post is to get you to see the dining room differently and to get rid of all the stereotypes. Dining rooms can be whatever suits your style of living and can be a huge asset to creating a home filled with wonderful memories.

Take a look at some great dining rooms that show a variety of different styles:

Ambiance Interiors

Anyone who is a collector of fine wine would never want to leave this dining room. We don't have a wine cellar as part of our dining room but we do have a small room devoted to my husbands wine collection. He  will spend hours in that room just looking and rearranging his wines. He often has wine tastings at our house where certain wines are paired with food and even though I don't drink wine, I have learned to appreciate why people truly love it. There is such a great sense of pleasure when the perfect combination of wine, food and friends are achieved. 

Armonia Decor

Adding a pop of color, like these vibrant pink chairs, instantly gives a room energy. Energy that just screams FUN!

At Home in Arkansas

Here is an example of how traditional style chairs are given a modern flair simply by painting them a high gloss white. You have just taken a room that is outdated and given it a whole new fresh look. That in addition to some great wallpaper and you have a room that is fun and inviting.

Censational Girl

What a casual and comfortable setting for a dining room. This is definitely a room you would use all the time: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can't you picture dinners just lingering on while you and your guest relax and get lost in conversation. Or how about a wonderful Sunday brunch with your family. Wonderful memories are to be had in this dining room.

Donna Griffith

This is what I call "country elegance". I love the mixture of the stained wood buffet with the painted caned chairs and then the iron glass table and crystal chandelier; all against that dark floor. Simply beautiful!

Felman Architecture

What an incredible use of a small space.  Having the whole wall open to the outside gives the impression that the room is endless. I also love how the designer kept the room simple so as to not fight with the natural surroundings. Perfect room!


Windsor Smith

I love all the different types of seating in this room. There is something for everyone. Very fun, comfortable and functional.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

 All the remaining pictures are from Elle Decor. Just maybe by the end of this post you will find a dining room inspiration that you just can't live without.

Here is a little teaser of F & J's dining room. Can't wait to show you the rest. By the way, does anyone recognize those wing chairs? They were a Craiglist find and I posted about them here. Check out the before pictures. They turned out beautiful!

Let me know if I changed your mind about dining rooms. YES or NO????

Take Care,

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