The dining room is an easy place to let slip out of time. You only spend so much time there for its purpose, after all. Of course, many people don’t even use their dining room mostly for dining these days. Maybe part of the reason that you don’t spend much time eating in the dining room has something to do with the state of the dining room. A little transformation may be all that is necessary. After all, you would not really want to spend time eating in an atmosphere not conducive to eating, would you?
What your dining experience may be lacking is, well, an experience. Just because you aren’t old enough to remember going to a diner-much less your kids-does not mean that you can’t get some fun from transforming where you eat into a simulation of a dining experience significantly more fun. Toss out the dining table and chairs and install a table and booth. Put up some retro diner signs and don’t forget to buy those squeeze bottle for ketchup and mustard as well as the aluminum napkin dispenser.
Do you prefer eating outside on the patio rather than inside in the dining room? You may live where inclement weather makes eating this way a year-round experience. Or you may just prefer the ambiance of the patio to the reality of bugs, weather, neighbors and noise. Problem solved. Bring the outdoors inside. This idea can extend from the expensive overhaul of building an indoor grill to something as simple as adorning the dining room with plants and picnic table. Think about every aspect of patio dining that you love and consider ways to replicate that experience inside the home. The house is yours so be creative in thinking of ways to make eating under a roof as satisfying as eating outdoors.
Maybe the problem with your dining room blues is that you just can’t do what you want with the space available. Remember that a floor plan is just a plan. Nothing is carved in stone and, after all, are you really going to let some architect tell you where to eat? Before you say yes, keep in mind that Mike Brady was the architect who builds a house with six kids and just one bathroom. So why not move the dining room somewhere else and turn what was supposed to be the dining room into something more accessible. Maybe the reason you don’t use the dining room like you should is because of a preoccupation with television or computers or the view outside. Maybe the real trick to old-fashioned family eating around the table lies in putting that table in a completely different part of the house.