The dining room is a gathering place for dinner, Sunday brunch, and holiday meals with family. It symbolizes laughter and good food.
As a child, I remember thinking how useless formal dining rooms were. It was always a space off limits to us children. It was the keeper of nice china, polished silverware, and family heirlooms. It simply wasn’t practical to me.
Luckily, I’ve never actually had a separate formal dining space. Our dining room is out in the open and really the focal point as soon as you walk in the door. I wanted to create a space in our home that was comfortable for any meal and pet friendly. Everything in our home must be pet friendly since my fur babies rule the house…more on that later.
We’ve still got a couple of things left to do in the dining room regarding trim, but I think it has come a very long way. The original space pictured below was dark and 60% floral wallpaper. That wallpaper was a nightmare to remove, but we eventually freed the walls from their torture. The light was off-center, the door was falling apart, and the trim needed some love. It was honestly just ugly.
Below are some photos of the space as it is currently. Like I mentioned above, there are a couple of trim changes I’d like to make. In particular, I want to change the traditional trim around the window to match the farmhouse trim in the living room. A pretty easy fix, but I simply haven’t had the time to do it yet.
I, like many others, love to change things up. One of my favorite things in this room is the hutch, because I can change it out seasonally. I really love decorating it at Christmas time.
From a practical standpoint, the metal chairs were our best purchase. I love that the cats can’t harm them! Those cute and fluffy munchkins have destroyed so many chairs over the years. Metal is the way to go for pet owners, period. I usually keep the table protected with a pad & tablecloth. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t cover it, and it would be set for six. As soon as I dream up the perfect table setting though, I picture my cats tearing through it. Glasses flying through the air, plates in pieces on the floor, and forks in the wall. Needless to say, I gave up on that. I’m also very careful when it comes to choosing accessories.
Our dining room is practical, a little farmhouse, and a splash of coastal. Just the way I like it. It has a purpose, and I couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made.