Friday, July 24, 2009

The Dining Room

More than any other room in the house , the dining room has fallen victim to lifestyle changes.
Few have space to spare, what was once reserved for formal dinners now doubles as a homework station, sewing table, project head quarters ect. For some families , just clearing the table is a project in itself.

My own "glorified" dining/ laundry space . . .

No matter where you gather to eat, make it a special place. Some of lives most important conversations take place at this most important space. When was the last time you had dinner with your family in your dining room?


  1. It's just my hubbie and me so we're always eating in front of the tv. But I love having my dining room table for dinner parties. It's so lovely to catch around a table covered in good food.

  2. I actually do this every night that we are all together.
    It is a way to catch up on the day, and catch up on one another!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. That last picture is my dream of a dining room. You can't eat outside around here without the company of many mosquitoes. I can almost feel the light breeze as Colin Firth passes the salt........

  4. We dine most every night. I was brought up that we have supper together as a family every night, and I still carry on that tradition with Jacob. We put a tablecloth on the table, plates, silverware, napkins, water goblets and the S & P shakers. I feel that it gives a sense of family. Lots of times Grampa & Gramma will join us because it's hard to cook for just two (especially when one of us is picky). ~ Robyn

  5. Hey! I'm not the only one who uses my dining chairs as a clothesline?!
    If I had a formal dining room (as in "extra space"), I'd use it just like P. Allen Smith does. Love that feature on his home!

  6. Oh I LOVE seeing classy interiors used for REAL LIFE. Seriously. Our dining room is an all-purpose space. But happily all family members restore it to it's more formal status AFTER projects are completed.

  7. We eat in our dining room once in a while, Vicky. I don't think we use it for any other purpose....Christine

  8. We only have one dining area, the dining room, so we eat there multiple times a day :0) I WISH I had an extra space though to fit in a little library ....*dreams*

  9. My husband and I usually dine at our dining area table. I usually keep flowers on the table and switch out the placemats.

  10. Beautiful photos :)

    We have a breakfast room in the kitchen, which is where the cats eat. We do eat in the dining room a few nights a week, and especially if my parents are eating with us.

  11. Vickie, what a beautiful post.. I had to giggle when I saw your chairs used for a clothesline. Our dining room isn't used much these days.. just for decorating purposes. Life brings many changes... hugs ~lynne~

  12. My dining room has become the "Receiving Area" for deliveries. I think I prefer your laundry look to my warehouse look. You've prompted me to get my act together and turn it back into one of the clean spaces in my home. I have to admit, I'm embarrassed when the UPS man comes to the door and knows where to dump the boxes!!!!! Yep, gonna go reclaim the space. Thanks for the kick in the seat Vicky!!!!

  13. every time I have my parents for dinner, we eat in the dining room. I love it in there, and try to use the space as much as possible...

  14. * Hi, dearest Vicky~~~ Some people get more "formal" as they get older, & some want to go more "casual", like Jim n' I (we're DEFINITELY in the later group!). We have ALOT of weekend guests ~ all olllld friends ~ & it's now lovingly referred to as "The Ranch n' Spa"!~ makes us chuckle, and also SOOO happy that our GUESTS are happy n' comfy!!!

    For US, our "formal" dining room is just a charming space/"a pretty FACE,if you will~~~ very comfy but, like many, we're just basically using it during the holidays when "the BLING comes to out PLAY"!!! Same w/ the "big room" for SUPPOSED "living", that we really don't "live" in (DO LOVVVE to LOOK at it, tho!). It doesn't get used toooo much, except when I want to sit, read (which is rare!)& enjoy the views (Or when the DAWG wants to! Ha!)~~~

    As you probably remember, our kitchen table is round, seats 8 comfortably & is open to the kitchen & family room~~~ THOSE are the "REAL spaces" for "REAL LIVING". (EVERYONE ends up there anyway, as in most homes nowadays, and that makes entertaining sooooo relaxing, friendly AND fun!!!)~~~

    I LOVE our home, everything about it & we're so thankful to have it, BUUUT I truly DOOOO look FORWARD to "downsizing" someday in the not too distant future~~~~~~ that will be N*I*C*E! (And hopefully, I'll get to design it too!!!)~

    LASTLY mon friend, you have a GREAAAAT, "innovative/creative" and QUITE "super-terriffic" place for drying laundry!!!!! I mean, just HOW MANY GALS have BEAUUUUTIFUL M*U*R*A*L*S on the walls of their "LAUNDRY ROOM", eh?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?~

    Biiig chuckles, warm smiles, lotsa hugs n' THANKS, dearest pal!
    Linda *
    P.S. Do you ADORE round, fully covered tables stacked w/ books (as you showed above!) too? I have ALWAYS wanted to turn almost every "formal" dining room we've ever had into a library/study with w/w bookshelves and great, walk-in fireplace~~~ oh yum!!! XO

  15. * HOLY COW, I'm SORRY,!!! Guess I'VE certainly had toooo much COFFEE this a.m.!!! YIKES! Forgive me?!?!)~ XO*

  16. Yes Linda, I love those library/dining rooms. And don't ever worry about your comments, without comments....I quit! Thanks everyone !!

  17. The first home we had I actually got rid of the Dining Rm area to expand the kitchen. (Never really missed it.)

    In the home that we are currently in, I enjoy our Dining Area as it is adjacent to the Living Room. Both are namely used for more formal entertaining but also serve as a retreat for a change of scenery when Winter blahs and cabin-fever set in. As they say "a change is as good as a rest" and psychologically it is amazing how a new yet familar surrounding can lift your spirits. (Even if is just to relax or read a book.)

    Regarding Dinner; my children and the younger generation just have a tendency to gravitate to the Kitchen.

  18. very rightly pointed out... most often table is used as a hoarding space to place all the grocery that is purchased from the shops....I loved this post

  19. I use the ladderbacks in the breakfast room for laundry quite a bit!

    Love this post!

  20. Here in Colorado, we have a dining table inside and out. When guests are here, we head out to our porch to sit and enjoy the view, company and food. But when it's just the two of us, nope. Right now we have maps and newspapers on the one inside. Love that last image with the birdcages. Fun. (Remember, to take in the laundry when you sit down at yours. ha.) -s

  21. I love P Allen Smiths room the best. I could really get comfortable in there. It epitomizes how our rooms should be used, not just looked at. Great post. Thanks


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