January 21, 2009

Dining Room Dissolved

My friends will sometimes joke with me that my home is different every time they visit. For me, it isn’t so much about change for change sake, but about asking these questions often—Does my home reflect HOW WE LIVE and WHAT WE LOVE?

As odd as some people might find this decision, we got rid of our family dining room a few months back.
Yep, we packed it up and moved it out. Why did we do this? Two reasons…during the summer we eat outside on the screen porch for breakfast, lunch and dinner so the dining room didn’t get used during warm weather months. And during the winter/cold months of the year, we keep a fire burning in our great room most evenings. When we ate dinner in the dining room, we weren’t enjoying the fire.
I absolutely hated having to leave this warm and cozy room to go sit in the dining room and often found myself “rushing” through dinner to get back to the fire. I love the idea of dining by “fire” too. It is so very colonial and rustic (and romantic at times…).

ADDITIONALLY….I was looking to create a special place in my house for THESE TREASURES…

So we made some “changes”. We put a dining table in the Great Room (table on the right)

And turned our country dining room into a wonderful LIBRARY.

Our family LOVES to read. We spend time here everyday. My oldest tulip, curls up in these chairs, and loses herself in her books.

Making this decision has been most fun. I LOVE the addition of the fireplace where I eat. I find that we are eating a little slower and talking a little longer each evening. We all love the library space and feel “enticed” to come read in our special place everyday.

I would love to know, if any of you have turned a “conventional” space into something “unconventional”.


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Comments (2)

Tracey said:

We converted the “formal” living room into the playroom. I can see into the playroom from the family room and kitchen so it’s nice to be able to keep tabs on them while I’m making dinner etc. As they get older we’ll probably turn it into more of a computer/homework room for them- I don’t want them on computers without me watching :)

Shawn from Buttercup said:

Tracey…I love that idea! I am a big fan of “using” all spaces in a home. Having a “formal” living room that sits and doesn’t get “lived in” is sad to me. I always liked having toys separate from our main living space too (however, they seem to creep in daily:-). That way, I don’t feel like my home is a playroom.

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