For now, back to our design plans...
I have to admit that we are not very formal people, especially when it comes to eating. In fact, we're already taking bets as to how many times a year we think we will end up eating in our formal dining room!
|Dining Room in the rear of the house|
After a lot of debate, we decided to go with the upgrade and add hardwood floors to the dining room and the attached butler's pantry. One of the main decisions to upgrade to the hardwood was to help with the flow and continuity from one room to another in the rear of the house.
We were so excited to learn that the crown molding and chair rail were standard in the dining room. Well, Nick was the most excited. His direct quote was, "Look, I've already crossed something off your to-do list!"
|Crown molding and standard dining room pendant|
We didn't get the upgraded window boxes like those shown in the photo above, but we've looked at some of the kits at Lowe's and Home Depot and think that we might be able to install them ourselves in the future. By "we" in that last sentence, I mean Nick! :)
The dining room flows into the kitchen and completes the rear of the house on the main level.
|View from the dining room into the kitchen and beyond to the family room|
Ironically, the smallest area of the house is one of the few areas that we already know how we are going to design and decorate. Unfortunately, the house doesn't come with a butler, but does have a butler's pantry. My first response was, "A what?"
|Nick standing in the butler's pantry, which is located between the dining room and the formal living room.|
|Nick looking at the changed wall layout.|
In terms of decor, we're thinking of putting our Crate & Barrel cabinets in this area along with our wine shelving from Pottery Barn.
|Our wine glass and bottle shelves from Pottery Barn.|
|Our three C&B cabinets - great storage for vases, placemats & other random items.|