Did you know the formal dining room is coming back? You are either jumping up and down for joy or letting out a collective groan! But before we throw in the formal dining room towel and give way to no dining room at all, STOP! Let’s make our dining rooms a vital, useful part of our homes. Today is an important day for home decor enthusiasts who have dining rooms!
But first, today on DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we are talking about
STAGING YOUR HOME TO SELL, PART II
Wow, we had so much to say we had come back and say a whole lot more. Don’t think this and STAGING YOUR HOME TO SELL, PART I is only for those selling their homes. Oh, NO! These episodes are packed with tips for a tidy, organized and pretty home!
Listen to episode #236 below…
Now let’s make the prime real estate in our dining rooms work for us…
Today I’m sharing my dining room and the few changes I’ve made lately.
Do this one thing and you can recapture this little used room…
EAT IN IT EVERY DAY!
Why have a beautiful room and only use it a few times a year? Many of our formal dining room just need life breathed back into them! So what if it has an expensive oriental rug or an inlaid table top. If you are not eating there on a regular basis you are missing out!
So what if it’s just you and your spouse or for that matter you alone. Don’t you deserve to treat yourself and eat in the lap of luxury?
Have people over more often. It does not have to be fancy! Even take-out pizza can be an event in your dining room!
Just use it! Simple as that!
GIVE YOUR DINING ROOM A LITTLE MAKEOVER
When I was a young bride a matched dining room set was a must. That’s just the way it was. And I thought I would have my beautiful 18th Century Cherry and Mahogany set forever. Oh, how naive I was! Maybe if I lived 150 years ago that would be the case. But we don’t live that way anymore!
So I started to change things slowly. First I purchased a new chandelier. And that one change got the wheels spinning! Then I got a little braver and in came two new neutral head chairs. After that came a parade of painted buffets. Then I replaced my oriental rug with a very very pretty and practical indoor/outdoor rug in a very updated geometric design!
Then I got even braver and painted my 18th Century Mahogany chairs! Yes, I did and what a difference! I loved them! Painting those chairs gave me the confidence to put an updated concrete top table in the dining room and boot the gorgeous inlaid dining room table out. Not that I didn’t love my original table but it was no longer me.
You may be asking, REALLY? Yes, I had this matched set for almost 30 years and it was time!
Many more changes came along over six years and I’m sure there will be more to come. But now it’s so much brighter and more relaxed and not staid and so stiff and formal. I think it’s still quite elegant in a welcoming way and I want to spend time in the dining room!
Somewhere along the road of life we were told that our dining rooms should stay the way we initially styled them. But why? If you are not using your dining room because the furniture you have is too precious and expensive or it is way too outdated and you no longer like being in this room or for any other reason you can think of I’m gently nudging you to wake up! Make some changes so you can’t wait to use that gorgeous room!
Take the plunge and start making little changes that will draw you in your dining room.
PUT A CHAIR IN THE DINING ROOM
If your dining room is big enough put a chair you can sit down and relax in it, do it! Many people are now using their dining rooms for double duty and filling its walls with bookshelves and books.
Or create a game night and make the destination your dining room. The dining table is the perfect size!
CREATE A STUDY IN YOUR DINING ROOM
Don’t just walk through your dining room to get to another room. Use it as a study. You certainly have enough space and it’s a great place to work when the table is not in use for eating! Just make sure to tidy it up when you leave!
Long live the open floor plan but let’s save the dining room! It used to be the hub of family gatherings and still should be!
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