I saw the above image from Modern Camelot and it was the final straw. For years I have sat in my office looking through the foyer into my dining room and all I could do was shake my head. It never felt right.
One of my biggest pet peeves is wasted space. I do not buy into the mentality that a room or space should only have one designated function. It should work for you, not just sit there. If you have high ceilings, add bookshelves or built-ins for additional storage. Gianna's old room has been a guest room, nursery, upstairs playroom and now it is back on its way to being a guest room. I also turned a large back entry coat closet into a very large and super functional second pantry. My mantra, make the space work and evolve with you.
I saw the above image, noticed how similar our dining room spaces were, and knew it was time. We have a beautiful World Market dining room set that has been used maybe 10 times in 10 years. We just never sit in there. Gianna is growing up and has play dates and it would just be nice to have her and her playmates on the main level of the house. That way, I can be in the kitchen, family room or office and still be supervising.
We are currently in progress with this room. The table and chairs are in the basement and the buffet is upstairs in the guest room and is now a dresser. All the playroom toys have been moved downstairs, including the cute peach rocker chair I scored at an estate sale. We ordered a rug from Joss & Main. We are brainstorming interesting accent wall ideas, light fixtures, window dressing options and we are chewing through the Ikea website for more storage solutions. I already love the energy that is moving through the downstairs now. Operation Playroom is under way!
(like sands through the hour glass...) Here are the many lives of our dining room...
inspiration photo credit: Modern Camelot