It seems that more and more people are turning their formal dining rooms into offices, craft rooms, libraries, or other spaces that will be used more often. And I understand that. But I'm so glad to have a dining room.
I love the fact that there's a room in my house that's only used upon occasion. For me, that means it stays clean--which means that it's ready for any kind of use at a moment's notice! Our dining room table gets used for meals only once in a while, and it also gets used as the buffet table at showers and parties. Aside from that, though, it's a great spot for the food spread at a shower or party. it's a good place for meetings, tutoring sessions, interviews--any sort of gathering of people that benefits from having a table and chairs.
I usually just keep a porcelain footbath with a green plant in the center of the table. This is easy to move if I want to use the table at a moment's notice.
For holidays, I change the centerpiece, like this basket at Easter surrounded by my mom's egg collection at Easter:
I keep the footbath and fill it with ornaments at Christmas:
My dining room decor is based on a rug that I've had for many years. I love this Karastan rug, and I'm constantly amazed at how well it hides dirt and dog hair. And just look at all the colors!
I pulled a blue from the rug and had my wall paint color custom-mixed. I like deep colors in a dining room. After many years of having red walls, I'm really enjoying the French blue. The blue might be a bit overwhelming if it covered the entire wall, but above the chair rail I think it looks smashing. And as you can see, this room has lots of white trim and built-ins that really pop against the dark walls.
My dining room table, china cabinet, and tea table were my mother's. Queen Anne furniture is not my favorite, but I am thrilled to have my mom's furniture. The primitive sideboard I really like. My mom and dad found it at an estate sale years ago. I'd love to know the history of this piece.
My favorite piece in the room is the deacon's bench that serves as seating for one side of the table. This deacon's bench was in the little church in Kansas that my grandmother attended all her life. My mother was baptized and married in that little church, and I have fond memories of visiting it when I was a kid. The congregation moved into another building several years ago and the old church building was torn down. My grandmother was given this deacon's bench, and I was blessed to inherit it.
My dining room decor is a mix of treasured pieces, inexpensive accessories, and DIY decor. For instance, I made the floral pillow that graces my treasured deacon's bench. I also made the toile candles that sit on the china cabinet.
Of course, I love making special decorations at Christmastime, like the swags in the windows. Because these windows are untreated, I can also add fun touches like the ornaments hanging from ribbons.
Do you have a dedicated dining room in your house? Do you use it?
I'm joining Kelly at Kelly's Korner for her Show Us Your Life party.