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Open House: What's Your Dining Style?

Open House: What's Your Dining Style?

A beautiful formal dining room is like an Oscars dress of interiors: you're in love with it, but you'll only wear it once. If I had the space, I would certainly give my formal dining room the works: chandeliers, fine china, expensive chairs, and a table with room for eight (or 12!). But in my day-to-day life, it's a bit impractical to set the table for every meal. Let's face it, there's nothing I love more than eating takeout in front of the latest Netflix delivery. And for most meals I cook, a casual kitchen table will do when just two of us are eating. How about you? Tell me what your dining style is and how it has affected your decorating choices. If life were different, would you want a formal dining space, or would you still prefer more casual dining?

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CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
If I had a real dining room I would use it all the time. I hate seeing the kitchen or the living room when I eat.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
We inherited a dining room set from my grandmother. When she moved, she didn't have the room for it anymore. It's beautiful, but not totally my style. It came with a buffet/server to match. The only problem is that one of the legs on the table is broken. We can't afford to have it fixed now, but I will in the future. I think what I will eventually do it get two more modern upholsterd chairs for the "heads" of the table & make it more my style.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
My gorgeous formal walnut dining room table has become my husband's home office. Oh well, we still have the kitchen table to eat at.
Gericault Gericault 7 years
I live by the beach in a modest neighborhood in So Cal. Space is a premium. My front room serves as entry , living, open kitchen , dining. I have a large antique drop leaf farm table with benches. It sits under the front window and usually has projects, homework, impromptu meetings and quick sit down for four dinners. The special occasion months like Thanksgiving and Christmas the table slides into the middle of the room and becomes the star.The two occasional chairs and table goes under the window. I love the versatility and surprise when guests come over and the whole room has a different freash look. This really works for me and how my family actually lives. Of course this space is still a work in progress.
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