For this week’s New House Diary, let’s take another look at my Dining Room floorplan.
The space I will now be dining in, was the previous owner’s office. But it just makes more sense for a lover of entertaining like me to make this the dining room. It will hold a larger table, thus seating more people which is an important goal of my husband’s and mine.
Here’s a lovely view of the “new” Dining Room from the entry with the current Hunter Green paint color. Isn’t it interesting that the entry paint (that reminds me of Suntan-colored pantyhose from the 80’s) is akin to all the blush colors making their way back at the moment? And the Hunter paint is totally 80’s and making a comeback as well. But neither are quite right for the fresh and updated look I am going for and they are nothing that a fab wallcovering or few coats of paint can’t cure.
Double doors from the entry either need a fantastic facelift (shall I go mirrored or upholstered) or they need to go away. I am not sure I will ever want to close them in fact I think they may just get in the way. I always err on the side of function first, so maybe that gives me my answer.
There’s a perfect place for a new doorway in the far left corner of the back wall above, through to the kitchen for ease of serving food. And using both my buffet and china cabinet shouldn’t be a problem with the size of this room. There’s space for both.
And I agree with your comments from yesterday’s blog post. The size of the room should always dictate the shape of the table. This room is a rectangle so the table will be an oval or a rectangle for me. One reason I lean oval is that the rounded corners make for less treacherous traffic flow around the table especially when entering from the kitchen. But I’ll let you know when I settle on the perfect table for this space. I’m still a fan of this one from Suzanne Kasler called the Choate Dining Table, so it’s definitely in the running.
This week there are no pretty pictures or inspiring spaces, just the reality of my current home–but seeing those before photos may just be the most inspiring thing to me. I have no problem envisioning the gorgeous space where I will soon be entertaining friends and loved ones. Can you envision it too? Think floral wallpaper and accents of yellow or pink or maybe both? I can hardly wait to be revealing the “after” of this space really soon that is vivid and real in my mind. And you better believe in my vision those tiny little baseboards get an upgrade!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the potential of this space. And tell me…are you a person who can see the “after” in your mind’s eye? Or is visualizing design selections, scale, and color challenging for you?