Battle of the Formal Dining Rooms

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Both of these photos are of formal dining rooms. One works better than the other and for several reasons. Find out how to pull off a formal dining room that works by being inviting and timeless.

Image #1 is similar to the look of formal dining rooms over centuries. This look has become a standard in formal and feels can feel rigid. Unfortunately, there is simply too much going on in this space for a modern home.

By having a large table with many seats, the look is made complicated by using ornate dining furniture. The entire space looks and feels busy, which is amplified by the mirrored panels on the wall. Mirrored panels can be a successful tool in a small, tight space, but should not be used in a large, open room. Mirrors make the room feel even larger than it is and amplifies the appearance of the elaborate table settings.

The formal look of image #1 uninviting and overwhelming. The drapery is heavy as well. Simple floor to ceiling panels with a classic pleat at the top would be a much better selection.

Ornate furniture, lighting and millwork are making the room in image #1 look too busy. The space is so large that smaller scaled ornate pieces look out of place. Such a long dining table really needs two chandeliers or two to three pendant lights hanging over it.

Image #2 works as a formal dining room because it feels more balanced. The furniture size fits perfectly in the size of the room. The clean lines of the furniture have a classic look without all of the fuss. The architectural details can be noticed because the space is not busy or over whelming. Balance is the key to this room’s success. Anyone would feel comfortable having dinner at this table; which makes for exceptional dinner parties!

Fall Entertaining

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22360248_SWhether you want to gather around the dining room table for a formal sit down dinner, eat one last time in the garden or huddle in front of the TV to watch a football game, entertaining in your home during this wonderful season should be a celebration of the bounty of the harvest and hard worker of the farmers who selflessly worked to bring all of those fabulous fall vegetables to your kitchen.

Sweet potatoes, apples, pears, fennel, garlic and cauliflower are all great seasonal choices. For a more formal dinner roast apples and onions with pork for a main dish. A cauliflower gratin is a great side. Poach pears in sweet wine for dessert.

For a more informal dinner for a tailgate make ham and pear sandwiches. Bake up some sweet potato fries for a side and make caramel apples for dessert. You can also make roasted pears with walnuts and blue cheese or a frisee salad with pears and hazelnuts.

To drink you can’t go wrong with spiced apple cider. Spike it with champagne for the adults.

Since weather during this season can be unpredictable, if you plan to eat outside make sure you have a backup plan if things go south.

To make your table fall perfect, choose a fall color and use it everywhere. Get grocery store flowers; add feathers and stalks of dried wheat for a themed centerpiece. Hurricane lanterns are another nice touch. Make the entrance to your home look ready for fall by adding gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks or wreaths of fall colored leaves.

But most of all enjoy your time with your friends and family as you entertain. There is nothing as satisfying as a good meal with good friends.