Have you seen what we did in our kitchen to create a tiny eat-in area? This little cape didn’t have an obvious dining space (at all). We created a beautiful bar in our kitchen to belly up to and eat our breakfast at or put out appetizers for guests and that works great for us on an every day level. (How we created a unique eat-in kitchen)
However, if we want to host a proper dinner party (small as it may be) we wanted to have a room with a dining table to do so! Up until now, that was the larger of the two bedrooms on the first floor. (See this old house tour for a glimpse) It worked so well as such, but if you know me, you know my wheels are always turning…
Here’s a look into our new dining space!
Sort of. I’ll explain…Our little house on the hill has been turned upside down over the past few weeks for an upcoming project. One evening a few weeks ago, my poor husband came home to a hallway and living room filled with furniture and random decor items. Before you go feeling too sorry for him though, he did know of my plans… just not necessarily when they would be happening. 😉
At the end of our little hallway are two rooms, for the past year, the smaller has been our office (here’s a whole post on how it used to look) and the larger has been our temporary dining room.
I say temporary, because our long-term goal is to do some actual wall-rearranging and the dining room will be attached to the kitchen. But THAT story is for another day.
So, you’re with me still, right?
Small room: office, Larger room: dining space. Well… recently I decided that I really was missing out on a great room of our house–the dining room. It is one of those spaces that you feel like you could just take a nap in. It’s quiet, and tranquil and has great light. It’s been a favorite room of mine since day one and it worked very well as a dining room. We’ve hosted plenty of dinner parties in there–at night.
Meaning, I almost never got to enjoy that liquid sunlight that pours all over that room. Because, if we weren’t hosting a party, we weren’t using the space at all, period. So the wheels started turning (Sorry Greg!)
What if we swapped the office and
the dining room?
Yes.. yes I liked that! So, we moved the dining room table into the office (sans leaf) along with all the chairs and the buffet. As I mentioned, this is the smaller of the two rooms, so it certainly felt cozier. But let’s call it “intimate” instead, shall we?
I realized immediately that the smaller dining room worked beautifully! Picture having a cozy dinner party in here with lots of candles. No more echo-ey, bare dining room, instead a room filled with glowy light and great company. I left the book case in here because it worked so well with the over all vibe of the new space.
As for the other room, stay tuned. That story has many evolving twists and turns…
So do you think we’re nuts yet? 😉 I’d love to hear from you–and don’t forget to…
…stay in touch!