How many dining areas does one really need?! We see it often in homes where there is a kitchen island with seating (breakfast bar), and a breakfast nook, and an dining room…all of which are situated just steps from each other! This is just crazy and we need to come up with something different! What I am trying to say is, just because the plans label and area “breakfast” or “dining”, it doesn’t mean that particular space in question has to define how you will live. For example, if you would prefer to have a living room where the dining room “should” be, why not flip them?
Let me explain a little further. I was on a consultation earlier this week where the above described eating areas were all in close proximity of each other, BUT there was a great view (which is why the client bought the property)! The breakfast area had a bay window with a table to seat 6, which was right next to the island that could have also seated 4-6 people. Furthermore they wanted to add a dining room…I am sure at this point, you can see where I am going with this, LOL! Because the dining room was a must have (for when they would entertain), AND they also wanted to enjoy the view when it was just the two of them, I suggested something cheeky. Why not use the island for the breakfast area, and turn the space next to the bay window into a sitting area?! Add a couple of swivel chairs and a cocktail table and call it a day! This way, you could sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the view, and if someone was in the kitchen, you could swing around to have a chat! And…since it’s so “different” to do something of this nature in a kitchen, why not make the chairs something really cool…like mid century Eames chairs!
Joseph D. Clark
Chic on the Cheap