Falling Back in Love with Semi-Formal Dining

A while back kitchen islands were introduced and casual dining at home became more frequent. I am guilty of spending too much time eating outside of the home or not making cooking at home a priority. With holiday entertaining and dinner party invites starting to fill my e-mail inbox, I am yearning for a semi-formal dining room. I rounded up a few of my favorite dining rooms as inspiration.

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  • Madison Residence: California interior designer, Rozalynn Woods, designed a contemporary Craftsman home for a couple with young children. She created both a semi-formal dining room with a second dining area closer to the kitchen.
  • Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s Brooklyn Home: Quite often I reference homes featured in The Selby for inspiration. Lyndsay and Fitzhuhg’s home is one of my favorite because it incorporates modern loft qualities, while retaining a welcoming home atmosphere.
  • Floating Bungalow: Ah yes, the floating bungalow home that has been featured in Dwell magazine and on the spring AIA home tours. The home was designed for an advertising executive by one of our favorite Silver Lake architects, Barbara Bestor.
  • Alicia’s “Flea Market Faboosh” Dining Room: Alicia’s colorful and fresh dining room is proof that the room doesn’t have to be reserved for holidays and special occasions.
  • Anthony and Gregory’s 1912 Contemporary Craftsman: I keep staring at the crystal chandelier hanging above the table. I can also appreciate how their dining room’s seating capacity allows for an intimate dinner for two or a very small dinner party.