Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spare Room

When we moved into our current apartment, we deliberately moved into a place that had a little bit too much space for us.  This is because we hate moving and never want to do it again.  I'm serious.  We'll probably buy a house someday, but I'm putting it off for as long as possible because a) I hate moving and b) homeownership looks like one giant hassle after another.  You want me to spend my entire life savings on the privilege of maintaining a yard or waiting for somebody to fix the heater?  I'll pass, thanks.

Anyway, we recently purchased a couch and are trying to make our living room someplace well decorated and fun to spend time in.  We are also going to move our dining room table into the living room, to create one big "great room".  Which means that our entire dining room is pretty much "spare".

I'm torn between creating the hydroponic garden my husband suggested, a breakfast nook, a game room, or something else, like a home office.

The space looks like this:


What would you do if you had a spare dining room?

9 comments:

  1. I would get a KILLER light fixture, do the hydroponic garden (or a wall of wooly pockets http://www.woollypocket.com/ or http://floragrubb.com/florasblog/?p=894 opposite the window to avoid blocking the light), add art, paint/reupholster the chairs, maybe an oversized mirror leaning against one wall, aaaaand I'd probably get a bigger table. Because I like to play hostess. The table would probably be visibly old/beat-up. Maybe I'd put a nice planter in the middle of that table.

    I could go on. But that's probably overwhelming enough as it is.

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    1. That furniture isn't ours! That was from the previous tenant when we toured it. We have a full sized dining room table, but that will move into the living room. I think I may have to look into better lighting.

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  2. I am so glad I'm not the only one who a) hates moving and b) thinks home ownership looks like a big ol' hassle. I would probably create a home office/library space with tons of bookshelves.

    This reminds me: I need to fix the dire lighting situation in our Boston dining room. To Pinterest to pin pictures of chandeliers!

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  3. Ooh! Updated suggestion: create a window seat sort of deal under the window, as baquette seating on one side of the dining table. Get a collapsible table (drop-leaf or tilt) so you can move it out of the way for playing games, OR make tableclothes for your table that have game boards painted on them. On either side of the window seat/banquette, bookshelves. If you enclose the bottom shelves, you can also hide all sorts of things in them to make the room more multipurpose.

    I would really like to design your dining room. Clearly.

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    1. I really like the idea of creating a window seat (I started saving pinterest ideas this morning), and we have a drop leaf table we can get from my folks. Keep 'em coming!

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  4. Oooohhhh that sounds like a dream come true. I would set up a permanent art space. I would have an easel and canvases everywhere, a sewing corner, all our art stuff on display instead of in a little plastic storage unit. Oh boy, I would do that in a heartbeat.

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  5. Do you already have a dedicated creative space? I think it'd be awesome to do the hydroponic window garden, and also some open storage for craft supplies and books, a simple, sleek desk with plenty of outlets for flexible use, and a comfy chair with a lamp for curling up with a book! A multipurpose office/study/craft space!

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  6. I'm right with you on the moving! I have lived in over 20 different residences in my almost 30 years, so I've had enough! We're staying put until we can't fit, hopefully another 4 years. After that, we'd like to find our "until retirement" house. Oh... Best laid plans ;)

    I don't know what I'd do with a spare dining-style room. I'd really, really love a laundry room. Our kitchen is tiny, so it'd be nice for one of us to cook while the other does laundry, without it turning into a game of Twister!

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