Our downstairs in really open, with the entry, dining and living area basically all one, big room. When you walk in the front door, the dining is to the right and the living to the left. I think our dining room is kind of ugly. I never have the table dressed up with a runner, etc., because it's always in the way when the kids want to color or play with playdoh or whatever. It's our only eating/table space in the house, other than the bar, so we use it all the time an it just isn't practical to dress it all up.
Still want curtains for that window
Looking in from the living room (with Kayley in the foreground). Isn't that basket of coloring books/crayons/playdoh stuff next to the sideboard attractive? Also notice the plastic protector thingie under the table for when the girls spill their milk/throw their spaghetti (which isn't big enough and doesn't do much good sometimes).
We used to keep a spare chair in this corner but my friend who was moving and getting rid of a bunch of stuff gave my this tall spiky stuff (hard to tell but it's dark red). I also want to rearrange those picutres one on top of the other. The wall is too narrow for that arrangement.
Other side of the sideboard. My friend also gave me that plant.
Stuff on the window sills to add color.
This pic is from the last SUYL dining room post I did where I actually dressed up the table. This time I didn't bother.
Looking in from the kitchen (old pic from last time).
All my wedding china and miscellaneous other stuff is crammed into that sideboard. I hope to one day have a cabinet to display it.