Is There A Place For a Formal Dining Room In a Modern Home?

atla-091808-rethinkdining.jpgRecently, a book we've been reading about the evolution of the idea of home has us questioning the idea of a formal dining room in our home. Then, as these things go, poking around the Domino website, we rediscovered this floor plan for an alternative arrangement for a dining area. While we believe in sitting down at a table to eat, whether you're dining solo or not, we've begun to rethink this room in our own home and wonder whether we might be better served in our current life by reconsidering this room's function...

Living on our own, our dining room, really an anteroom off the kitchen, only finds its use a few nights a week and seems a little formal for the way our entertaining style has evolved. If we have guests, we're usually cooking while they're present and it can be a little formal and uncomfortable for them to sit stiffly at the dining room table or worse, be out of earshot in the living room. Recently, perhaps because of the hotter weather and the fact that our dining room, if we even turn on our fiery old O'Keefe and Merritt stove for a minute, gets warmer than the beach in mid-summer, we've been eating around the coffee table in the living room and the dining room has sat, unused. We like the idea of turning it into a cozy nook where our guests can kick back and relax and nibble a few appetizers, keeping us company while we cook; a room which can transform into a more formal and traditional space for those times when we need one. What about you? Do you have a dining room in your home? Does it function as one or does it have another use?

[image: Ruthei Sommers for Domino Magazine]

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