Monday, June 27, 2011

Formal Dining Room

For a gal who lives in a low key, boho casual home, I'm always a little surprised at my attraction to formal dining spaces.  I have a formal dining room in my home.  Its the first room you see when entering my home.  I've had great fun creating a formal dining room that multi-tasks as a music-writing-reading room as well.  Here's my dining room:



Here are some other formal dining rooms, far more inspiring than mine:

Not My Beautiful Home

Leber PR

Jonathan Adler

Skona Hem

The Nero Chronicles

Old House
How about you?  Formal or casual dining space?

14 comments:

Julie said...

I LOVE the third picture...I feel the same way. It's very hard for me to "formal" and I think my dining room is the most my formal taste will fly. Hope you're great!

Suze said...

There is something about a formal dining space that connotes both hospitality and ceremony.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Totally stunning, all -- especially your very real one.
I too must admit that though fewer and fewer families really sit down to formal meals these days, there's something oh-so appealing about the concept.
Cheers and hope your summer is going well, Alcira

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Tereza Anton said...

I would say formal dining space! Easy to pack since we live with rent :).

Deanna said...

Formal. Built-in china hutch and all. Grandma's table/buffet set from c. 1940. A work in progress.

Sarah, I love the color on the walls in your space. What is it?

La Maison Boheme said...

Deanna - the color in my living room is called Black Pepper from Behr Paints and it reads as a midnight blue - almost black when you're in the room. At first I was nervous, but the color is awesome!

La Maison Boheme said...

agh... not 'black' pepper - 'cracked' pepper.

anita said...

i love your dining room, sarah!

(and the carrie leber one.)

Maritha Sears said...

LOVE the dining room from Skona Hem...I'd say I'm more of a casual dining space kind of gal. By the way, did I mention I absolutely adore your blog!

Meera @ firstsense said...

Yours is the loveliest from this selection! On a day-to-day basis, it's casual dining for me, but I love having a more formal space for entertaining.

Meera xx

Geb said...

Your dining room is beautiful! I think the ones you chose here are perfect boho dining spaces...not "stuffy" at all!

Betsy said...

I love a formal dining room where people have space to enjoy pushing back after a delicious meal and can take time to be inspired by conversation (coffee, scotch, port :-) included. Great post!

Alicia said...

Your dining room is lovely, I love its dark, moody quality.

I've always struggled with the concept of formal dining room, and other ways to use it since we don't eat in our everyday. I doubles/triples as homework, giftwrapping, craft station...

Love the second pic.

Caroline Boneham said...

I was going back and forth on painting my whole apartment slate grey, and then this first photo convinced me to stick with it. It really looks amazing; I owe you one! Gorgeous taste as always. C