ONE CRITERIA for wherever we move is that I have an ART studio. But for now, I work in what was once and still sometimes serves as our DINING ROOM. This requires a fair amount of organization on my part.
When we purged to prepare the house to be put on the market, I ditched or packed away most of my linens. There are just 3 of us here now, (sniff sniff) so linens feel a bit elaborate most of the time.
The dining room table was painted (kind of a dumb move on my part) BUT this Spring I embarked in the arduous task of stripping and refinishing it. It was worth the time and effort – I love how it looks now.
A few years ago, I was shopping in Crate and Barrel and stumbled upon the LYLE dining chairs . I sent a TWEET to designer Mary McDonald asking her if she liked them. And she answered me!!!! She gave them a BIG thumbs up!!! I LOVE them. They are the real deal, and yes, a bit pricier than many you can find online now BUT …. The seats of most of the imitators are quite small 14″ x 14″ whereas the LYLE chair (19″ x 23″) are MUCH roomer for adult bums! The Lyle Chairs are also incredibly sturdy…and do not tip easily – important with kids!
- A while back I invested in hanging hardware ( WALKER DISPLAY) which works by hooking over our picture rail. It was a GREAT investment! NOT hammering nails protects the walls and helps me store and hang multiple pieces of ART (STRAIGHT) which are at various stages of completion.
NOW – THE ROOM FEELS SO SPARSE WITH ALL OF THE ART AT LEFTOVER LUXURIES – Seeing my pastel colored paintings on the charcoal gray wall (WOW) has got me pondering painting one wall of my DREAM studio with a dark color…I love how they POP!!!!
Life is a work in Progress and I love the way people are designing their homes to reflect more modern families. Sadly the Dining room is unfortunately a casualty of this change. Many homes have opted to meld the dining room into a multi-used space. In Our new home, IF we BUILD which is my current HOPE , will not have a dining room but instead a large kitchen with an HUGE table!
One nice thing about My Old Country House is that for a long time we used our dining room for every meal…because we do not have an eat in kitchen. I loved it, setting the table every night, fresh linens, everyne sitting down together for a few precious moment s a day. I miss those days. But look forward to what lies ahead
Do you have a dining room? Is it a modified multi-use room or a mare traditional dining room.