I had an epiphany in the middle of the night regarding my new home. What to do with the dining room has been driving me nuts. Let me explain - there are four eating areas.
I am going to use my Platner table and Chinese Chippendale chairs in the breakfast room. There is also a breakfast bar for my stools and the lanai will host my Smith and Hawken dining set, and then there is the dining room.
I need a new dining table (the one here we found at auction technically belongs to Golf Guy) and my dilemma is that the dining area at the new house is 1. Not as large as I want, 2. Has a massive mirror that I don't want blocked with furniture, and 3. I rarely use a formal dining room, especially here in Florida.
So I have decided to get a massive rectangular dining table for the great room (not the dining room) and style it like Bunny Williams with coffee table books, orchids, blue and white Chinese porcelain, and the like. It will be a library table/dining table. It may float in the room or may be next to one of the walls; I think either will work. But I do not want a heavy brown wood piece, but rather something lighter. I have narrowed it down to my top three choices. For a rare large dinner party these below all seat 8. And they would make a killer bar setup for a cocktail party if we are ever able to have those again!
So here are my top three. All are huge and beautiful.
This first one from CB2 is four marble columns with a glass top. Very sexy.
|CB2 Triple Dining Table with Rectangular Top|
This next one also from CB2 is all marble. Very architectural.
|CB2 Verona Marble Dining Table|
The last from Williams Sonoma Home is a classic - the Mercer with a nickel base and glass top.
|Mercer Rectangular Table with Nickel Base and Glass Top|
O.K. my very savvy interior design afficiandoes. What do you think? As much as I love the all marble one, I hate to worry about red wine etching from dinner parties, but with occasional use, it probably would be fine. I have always wanted marble countertops, and this might solve my marble yearning. I also prefer the open bases of the other two, so as to not block the view. I am leaning towards the first one, but really really like all three.
I love this idea. I would really like your thoughts on which one. This was a great think outside the box moment for me. I have learned that if you can't find something you like, it's because you are asking the wrong questions. I was trying to find a dining table and chairs for a space that didn't work as a dining room for me, so I reimagined it all. And I have a wonderful idea on how to use the dining room that I will share down the road.