Fall is here and before you know it, the holidays will be too! For many of us, the holidays are a time for family gatherings, parties, dinners and entertaining.
What better time to be thinking about your dining and entertaining areas and creating the perfect atmosphere for your guests! I recently competed in an episode of Space Off on The Design Network. My design challenge was to create a dining room space for a recently retired couple who loves to entertain their many friends, but also wants a place to have intimate dinners for just the two of them. They described their style as classic and timeless.
When I was first given the challenge and saw the space I had to work with, I knew that I was going to have to divide it into multiple functional areas. *Design Tip* Use rugs to visually define and ground different areas within a space.
While my couple considered their style to be classic and timeless, I really wanted to create an eclectic space that mixed different collections and created the feeling that the pieces in the room had been collected throughout the years. *Design Tip* Use host and hostess chairs at your dining table to add visual interest. You can use the same fabric on the side chairs to tie it all together.
I wanted the dining and entertaining areas to flow easily together. I pictured our client having dinner with friends at the dining table, and then transitioning over to the sofa and chairs for after-dinner drinks. *Design Tip* Use a bench or ottomans in-between main areas. It helps to define your spaces, allows for extra seating when needed, and also keeps your space open.
In great designs, function is everything! And if you find pieces that can function in multiple ways, all the better. While this client loves to entertain, every couple needs some time for just the two of them. I created an intimate dining area by the window – a cozy spot with a great view! *Design Tip* Putting two chairs with a small round table—which can be used for dining on the edge of a sitting area—creates dual purpose. This additional space can be used by guests to be part of the conversation.
I love helping my clients bring their spaces to life! For help with your own space, contact me!