“You can put the dining area in a more vulnerable setting than any other room, because when people gather around a table, their circle creates its own enclosure. They could sit down to eat in a busy intersection and make their own space.”
Bobby McAlpine – The Home Within Us
The dining room. It’s the space we were traditionally made to sit up straight and behave for a few excrutiating hours during holiday dinners. It’s also the room we couldn’t wait to leave. I think it’s because we seldom go in there; it’s simply not on our daily radar. Sometimes the neglected dining table becomes a vast slab of a desk destined for paying bills or organizing tax receipts. This hardly makes it a place of happy respite. Often, out of desperation, the ignored dining room is painted bright red, meant to induce warmth and conversation. I think this represents the hell awaiting when you are forced to enter its stale bowels.
When we design or renovate a home, we strive to make the dining experience a graceful part of everyday life. One way of accomplishing this is by locating the dining room or table in an untraditional location. Seating diners in the center of a grand salon, in the warmth of a book-lined library or nestled into a bay window breathes life into the once-staid experience. We’ve found, if your dining table is located in the path of your everyday walk, it eventually becomes accustomed. It’s no longer unapproachable and strange but a welcome member of the family. Meals are had. Homework is done. Sunday papers lie strewn.
If your dining table has fallen, neglected and dusty, out of favor, fall in love all over again: plop it down it in a favorite space in your home and rekindle its purpose. It’s just furniture; it doesn’t require the stigma of being in the “dining room”. Joyfully circle ’round with friends and family, reconnect and feed your soul.