Rethinking the Dining Space

I feel like it was just yesterday that G and her daddy were putting together the kiddie table so she could be a “big girl” and move out of her highchair. Now that she and M are sharing the kiddie table, the food has been flying! Literally. And feet kicking each other, and hands pushing elbows, and the screaming is endless. I’ve come to the decision, as my hearing and sanity go, that we need a bigger table.

Our house doesn't have a dedicated dining room, so I've designed the large entry living area as a living/dining mix, more of an "adult" space for my husband and I. Unfortunately, we rarely eat in there and the dining table has become more of a utility table for catching our keys and mail, setting up the keyboard so G can practice piano, general living instead of dining. We have a large island in the kitchen that we purchased from Ikea a few years ago, which is where my husband and I eat while the girls are at their little table. And until recently, it's been a great set-up. Cue the screaming over someone's toe is touching the other one's...

I had high hopes of bringing our current dining table into the kitchen, jumping on the dine-in-kitchen trend, but our large glass round table just doesn't fit. And I'm getting the feeling that my husband is over it (he's the one that actually pushed for a new table and started showing me ones he liked!). Let the furniture hunt begin!

My personal design style is a take on mid-century with a little boho and glam. That being said, I want to mix a long chunky-wood table with some fun chairs. Here are a few dream rooms I found to help explain my design goal to my husband. So much easier to show him than describe it.

While these rooms are mostly dedicated dining rooms, I'm going to transplant the look right into our kitchen. We have a wide open wall that the table will go up against, with a bench tucked neatly under so we can pull it out and seat 3 more people when we have guests. Brilliant, right? 

Check out a few of the chair options I found. I'm leaning heavily toward the white Eames style chair, but we'll see... 

I'm so excited to get our new dining situation going, opening up a whole list of design possibilities: do we get a new kitchen light fixture? We need to redecorate the living room into a genuine living room. Should we bring a desk into the living room? And on and on and on... I'm beyond thrilled! Summer is going to be fun for me.

Back in the Game (with Marble)

Since spending the last few months crafting, I've been feeling like I'm out of the design game. I've spent so much time Pinning and looking for fun projects that I can take on myself that I haven't spent the time to see what's been going on in the bigger design world outside my home. 

That being said, I've now assigned myself "homework" - catching up on reading my design magazines to see what I've been missing. It's quite a daunting task when there's a stack of magazines a mile high and two little girls constantly pulling at my attention. Either I have the two neediest children in the world, or they're just normal 1 and 3 year old's - but by the end of the day all I want to do lately is lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling. They're taking it all out of me! Gotta dread when a 3 year old will no longer nap and a 1 year old is trying to drop her second nap by napping only 45 minutes a day, yikes!

But as I carve out some time to myself - thank you, Sesame Street - I've been finding an endless source of marble and marble-patterned decorative items. From fabric, to lighting, to the typical furniture, marble is making a HUGE splash right now.

When I think of marble I always remember my grandmother. She loved all things fabulous and marble was one of them. She was such a stylish woman, that it may be misleading when I say marble reminds me of her - its actually a really good thing for marble!

But as I look around my home there is a remarkable lack of marble. I guess I'll have to stock up on some of the great products I've found, or undertake the two DIY projects I had to throw in (can't get crafting out of my system no matter how hard I try):

Do you have marble in your home? I'd love to hear how you're taking on this trend!

Happy marble-ing!