The Formal Dining Room I Have Always Wanted

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The “open-concept” theme in houses these days is pretty popular. HGTV shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers, which I love by the way, are always busting walls during reno time to give their houses the open-concept feel. It’s great for entertaining and seeing everybody all in one encompassing room, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I love that idea too but every time the “open-concept” enters into the discussion I’m still hoping and wishing for a formal dining room. I love Rehab Addict‘s Nicole Curtis because of this. She restores and renovate old houses and she’s always preserving the dining room. I remember one episode where she actually discussed having a formal dining room and I remember yelling at my TV, “Thank You, Nicole.” That’s how much I love having a separate formal dining room.

Whenever we looked at houses in the past I’ve always added a separate dining room on my list. If it came down to it though that there wasn’t one but just a huge kitchen openly looking into a dining area I would live with it, somehow, but will be looking for an extra room to turn into a dining room, HAH!

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So when we looked at this house, in the middle of all the clutter from the previous tenant while he was moving, I was so happy when I saw the separate dining area. It’s next to the kitchen but there are walls and doors to separate each room. I also immediately fell in love with the wallpaper. I think I hugged the damn wall when I first saw it. As the days went by while we went through the whole process of purchasing our home, I told my husband we are buying the house because of the wallpaper. Believe me when I say I was never a fan of wallpapers AT ALL. However, once I saw this floral textured wallpaper I was transported to the 1800s. I love the Victorian era. From the romance and the elaborate fashion, Le Sigh!

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Finally, I’ve grouped my blue vases and put them at the very top of the china cabinet. Caine helped me with this task.

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I don’t plan on putting any decorations into the wall. I think it’s perfect as is. I don’t want my husband’s drill touching that beautiful wall whatsoever. I do plan on adding a buffet table/mini-bar in that area sometime in the future though. Something simple to put Scott’s whiskey/scotch/etc, a couple of wine bottles with a few drinking glasses and a couple of wine glasses for easy access. Just a basic console table with maybe 2 bottom cabinets. I gotta hit the yard/garage sales during summer season for that.

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That chandelier is going to be replaced. I found a prettier one from Lowe’s but I can’t afford to purchase it right now, HAH! Sometime soon.. My table has a middle leaf by the way so I can extend and make it bigger to accommodate more people.

More home interior posts coming soon….

About Dexie J Wharton

Mother of 2. She drinks a lot of coffee on weekdays and she drinks wine on the weekend. She also eats a lot of chocolate, pork, and sushi.