Dining rooms. Really? I wish I could say we have elegant gatherings around a beautiful dining table serving five course meals to friends and family. Nah, I really don’t mean that. We are not a fussy group here and family gatherings mean hanging out in the kitchen, snacking of appetizers. “Formal” rooms aren’t my thing. Dining rooms, I believe, are becoming a thing of the past. But every home I’ve owned has come with a dining room, and that poor room just stays empty. I never felt the need to buy a dining set just to fill the space. So my dining room is just a walk through room. We walk through it to get to other parts of the house. And if a dining room set was sitting in the middle of the room, it would still be a walk through room, except we would have to walk around the table to walk through the room!
Unfortunately, like a lot of “traditional” homes, the dining room is the first room you see then you come in the front door. I’ve tried to make it look like a useful room, but have failed miserably. It’s a room with a hodge podge of unused furniture I don’t know what to do with. So after fifteen years of an empty room, I really, really want to make it not a wasted space. I’m thinking home office/library. As a family of multiple computers, we would use an office much more than a dining room. And maybe my kitchen wouldn’t be a dumping ground for bills and papers if they had a home to go to. I have scoured the internet for some inspiration. Here are some pictures I have come up with.