New House Diary: Dining Room Seating

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One of the things I’m most looking forward to when I finish the design of my house is having friends and family come over for dinner or a party. I love to host events at my house, so I want to get the dining room just right so I can seat the perfect number of guests at any time. But what is that “perfect number?”

Some people say that having a table that seats six is the perfect number, others think it’s eight or even ten. And I even know of a friend or two who insist they must have seating at their table for no less than twelve! That calls for a big table, and a bigger dining room than I have. But I do think that ten might be my perfect number.

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If I stick with an oval table in my new dining room, I think I can make it work, even with a buffet or china cabinet in the room. And each person will still have the optimum space of two feet that you need at a dining table so the guests feel comfortable, and not like they’re sitting on top of each other.

What do you think of my plan? And what is your idea of the perfect number of guests that can fit around your dining table? Do you like a smaller and more intimate group, or a big social crowd? Let me know in the comments below!

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Which Would You Choose: China Hutch or Buffet?

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I am sitting in a client’s gorgeous dining room with beautiful de Gournay wallpaper and stunning antiques, and it’s inspiring me to think about my own dining room. In the room I’m in right now, there is space for both a buffet and a china cabinet. I hope to fit them both in my dining room, but if I can’t, which would you choose? A buffet or a china cabinet?

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A buffet can give you a cleaner look because most of your items are hidden behind doors and drawers. But if you have collections, like my jadeite and antique oyster plates, you want to display them so you can enjoy them.

So which would you choose? Would you go with the clean-lined buffet, or with the displays you can get with a china cabinet?

Let me know in the comments below! And tell me why you made your selection!

Happy Wednesday!

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Tobi TV: Choosing the Perfect Bed

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day – a day to celebrate love and romance! The one room in your house associated with romance is, of course, the bedroom. So on Tobi TV today, I want to talk about creating the perfect bedroom, specifically with the right size of bed.

Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed?! WOW! And we take so much time to select the perfect sheets and bedding for our comfortable beds, but how much time do you really spend thinking about which bed you should be using?

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The size of the bed is so important in home decor. Using the correct bed size for each bedroom in your home will help you create gorgeous AND functional spaces.

Let’s take a look at some ways to try these beds on for size:

They all look so comfortable! Here’s a recap of those bed size tips.

1. Twin beds function well in guest rooms for all ages and genders.

2. Day beds are perfect for multifunctional spaces like an office/guest room.

3. Queen-size beds are beautiful and make a perfect set for a guest suite. It’s also the most popular size for bedrooms across the country.

4. King beds are not only the most comfy and roomy, they are the perfect way to make a grand statement in a large room. But be sure you have the room for this grand size, or your bedroom will feel crowded.

Bed sizes make all the difference when trying to make the most of your space. Which size do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below and make all your rooms function no matter the size!

Bonne nuit!

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Monday Inspiration

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I spent the weekend in the most fabulous way – I was at the CR Laine factory in Hickory, NC, to look over the samples of my new furniture line that debuts in April at the High Point Market! It was so exciting, and SO inspiring!

I cannot wait to show you the new upholstery pieces – they look fantastic, and they didn’t even have the fabrics on them yet!

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I wish I could show you everything, including the amazing floorplan with all of the fabrics and furnishings laid out in the CR Laine showroom – but I can tell you that this collection will be all about COLOR! That shouldn’t surprise you, right?!

In just a few months, I can show it all to you! Until then, look for a few more sneak peeks on my Instagram feed in the weeks leading up to the April Market!

Happy Monday!

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New House Diary: The Dining Room Floorplan

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For this week’s New House Diary, let’s take another look at my Dining Room floorplan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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choate dining tableAnd 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?

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