The dining room finally feels like a real room, like it belongs in this house and has a specific purpose and function. I like that our kitchen is a separate, distinct room (contrary to the current trend of opening kitchens up to the dining room or “great room”), and that our dining room lies between it and the living room. One of the nicest thing about living in a railroad-style row house is that none of rooms get “lost”—you have to walk through one room to get to the next, so it’s impossible to wind up with one of those formal, unused dining rooms. Nothing in our house could be considered formal!
I love having enough space to have an enormous dining table. It’s such a luxury to be able to spread out on a big surface like this, whether it’s to eat or using the computer or wrap presents or read magazines or whatever. This great table is the Norden from IKEA. It seats 10 people with the leaf in place, 6 people without. It’s made from thick, solid birch and is incredibly sturdy. We’ll have it forever.
More IKEA! These simple dressers are great. They’re innocuous enough to not compete with the big Eames storage unit (which is so specific in its style that it can be difficult to put anything too strong in the room with it), and they make for great storage. We have all of our CDs and DVDs in these drawers! They’re not heirloom pieces, but they are holding up quite well and definitely get the job done.