|An invitation to sit and enjoy.|
Come on in! Welcome to our kitchen and dining room! When we have adults over, these are the spaces everyone gathers in. This is where the wine is served, the laughter happens, and the brownies await. These are good rooms!
When we left off, we had toured our child-centric family room as we linked up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for house tours. As you can see in this shot of the living room, it opens right up to the kitchen.
|In the right side of the picture, you see the opening to our kitchen.|
But let's work from the front door again, shall we? From the foyer where the doggy welcoming party greeted us, the dining room is through the French Doors. So let's go in in!
|Love my feather wreaths!|
When those doors open you are greeted by our HUGE dining room table built by my husband to fit this room and to seat 14 people. We leave it set for 12 regularly, but 14 fit. I am so ridiculously impressed that I am married to a man who works his oh so very white collar finance job and then builds furniture for fun. I just love our table! And it is even more special because I know Casey made it!
|Right now it's just seating two cuties at the end, but it is set to seat 12.|
|A closer shot of the cuties |
and a better view of the knotted texture of the wood and the distressing.
The space with the table was originally the formal living room while the tiny area holding the white sofa in the background was the dining room. We had no interest in a formal living room and wanted a big dining room that could host a dinner party or fit all of our family for pizza. So fairly soon after moving in we swapped them. We just had one issue.
The formal living room didn't have any lighting! At all. We lived with it for a few years and half-heartedly looked at light fixtures but never found anything we loved. Well, when we made the decision to use the dining room as our main eating space (more on that later) we needed lighting. So this winter we bought these two spherical lights for above the table, added in the can lights for good bright lighting, and swapped out the previous big bulky metal chandelier for a ceiling fan in the sitting space.
|Lighting purchased at Rockwall Lighting|
The wall behind the table is currently empty. Well, an old occasional table is sitting there but it needs donated. It also appears to be home to the dog's tennis ball. That wall is earmarked for a china hutch. Our china and crystal is currently all in a built-in back in the gameroom, but that space needs to be for toys! So, we bought a china hutch on craigslist in the fall.
|The big blank wall opposite the windows.|
It isn't exactly what we had in mind, but it is a good solid wood piece of furniture and will fill the wall nicely. It is wider than many of the pieces we looked at, which we love. It has good clean lines that won't compete with the table. And once it has been refinished (hopefully soon so we can get organized before the baby comes) I think it will look great!
|The china hutch "before".|
The area behind the table is a sitting room of unknown purpose. We are still adapting this space to its best use and so haven't bought any furniture for the space. It currently holds "the dogs sofa." She LOVES this white sofa and spends a large part of her day relaxing on it. Sadly, the doggy attention isn't helping its lifespan as she likes to dig at it to fluff it. Oops!
On the right, the space also holds a bamboo side table (holding the fake flowers that decorated the cake table at our wedding reception and a photo of our first kiss as husband and wife) and on the floor is a box holding our silver flatware which will go in the china hutch once it is completed.
To the left of the white sofa is a cute rolling cart that now hides behind the open door so the boys can't push it. On the cart are all of my mercury glass candle holders and dishes. It is also home to the boys coloring supplies. I have an area of the house I intend to use as a craft zone, but for now they color while sitting in their high chairs so keeping crayons and paper and tape right there is convenient, even if it isn't pretty!
|The sitting space.|
Maybe someday it will hold a baby grand. I can dream right?
The double doors to the left of the white sofa lead into the kitchen.
|From the kitchen looking out.|
Turning around in that same spot:
At the end of the kitchen is the breakfast nook or eat in kitchen. We used to have a kitchen table here (In fact, it's still floating just outside the frame of the shot while we procrastinate getting rid of it), but it was a very crowded area. It was difficult to maneuver and clean with two high chairs and we felt it would be impossible with three. It also blocked all access to the hutch on the far wall, making those cabinets fairly useless. In a galley kitchen the size of ours, useless cabinets are a huge problem!
Since removing the table, we were able to relocate the Kuerig and all of the coffee and tea supplies to one of the hutch cabinets. We also use the fruit bowl to hold all of our produce (after this picture was taken we did get to the grocery store so it is no longer home to only two lonely grapefruit!). These steps freed up space in the main part of the kitchen for sippy cups and baby plates and all those necessities.
In the old eating space we currently have placeholder furniture, but to be honest I like it a lot and it might become permanent. My original vision was two wingback chairs but I like the low profile of these. Behind the seating arrangement we have a small console table that gives us a spot in the kitchen to collect some junk. To utilize the rest of the space freed up by removing the kitchen table, I would like to put a kids table and chairs in the space next to the refrigerator (not pictured but directly behind where I stood to take this picture and spanning the space between the kitchen and family room).
|Bamboo directors chairs and ottomans from Homegoods.|
The reality is these seats are far too sat in for the end table to ever look that clean. Just a few hours later during naptime it had already accumulated my pens, weekly to do binder, neighborhood newsletter, a Reese's egg, my iPad, my iPhone, and my constant companion, a Tervis full of water.
|A more realistic view.|
Although to be honest, I think it looks more inviting this way!
When we originally bought our house, the cabinets were all a yellow-y cream that made the kitchen look very bland. I only have a photo that shows the hutch (and with the two big trays and colorful fake fruit it isn't so bad) but the rest of the cabinets were horrible. The paint was also in really bad condition with lots of chips. Before we moved in, my mom and I sanded, painted, and distressed everything!
|Photo from before we owned the house.|
|A month after moving in. |
The original metal light fixture is now in our garage
because it's kind of pretty and I can't decide what to do with it!
|The oven side of the galley kitchen. |
Lots of great light from the HUGE skylight right in the middle.