My kids call our dining room the "Thanksgiving Room." My husband says that we should put caution tape at its entrance because I don't let anyone in there. And I guess that tells you what you need to know about how often we use our formal dining room! I love our dining room and I'm glad we have it, but truthfully, it's mostly a showpiece, and I think I'm an exception among a generation that has mostly said goodbye to the formal dining room.
Whether you're starting from scratch or just feeling like your dining area needs a punching up, there are six steps you can start with to get to a dreamy dining room pretty quickly (or use to evaluate what you currently have).
You deserve the very best. And you know what? Treating yourself on a regular basis is the best way to keep your spirits flying high all year. So go ahead, indulge. Here are our picks for the best ways to revel in luxury in every room of the house.
If you have a perfectly matched and perfectly respectable set of dining room chairs, all is well. But, if you are looking to shake things up a bit, here are inspirational examples where the traditional gets traded in for the unconventional. Explore eight rooms from our house tours, and incorporate these tips at home...
My husband and I moved into our little house in Des Moines (in a historic area called Beaverdale, full of houses from the '30s) in July, and were very excited to start bringing some personality into the place! We liked the olive green walls of the living room and dining room, but realized shortly after hanging stuff up that we needed more color in the space.
The dining room is more than just a table and some chairs — it's a place for family and friends to come together around one of everybody's favorite things, food. From our 2014 house tours, here are some of our favorite dining rooms.
Clockwise from top left: Dubost Olive Wood, Restoration Hardware, Wallace Silversmiths, Tablee, Magnum and Canvas Home.
Replacing the tools you eat with is not only a practical upgrade, it's a super satisfying way to make a big statement on your table (Check out my Top Dinnerware Picks here). Your flatware is a utilitarian expression of who you are. If you've been thinking about trading up your old flatware or getting everything to match again, this post, with an array of finds, is for you.
Tip #1 - Buy the best you can afford and keep it for a long time.
Tip #2 - Only buy/have one set of everyday flatware that you LOVE. If it's great for you, it's going to be great for company.
Clockwise from top left: Canvas Home, MUD, Heath, Crate & Barrel, Alessi
Updated and following up from my recent survey on your preference for white or colored plates (in which plain white came out ahead for daily use), this is my curated list of white dinnerware sets that can rock your table and your food. What I have used personally at home is on this list (see asterisk), but I've really stretched the price points again, so you can find something beautiful at any budget. Enjoy and comment away!
With the holidays on their way, you might find yourself re-looking at your own dining space and wondering how you can spruce it up for when you next entertain. We've gathered ten gorgeous dining rooms of different styles to spark some ideas for your own dine-in space!