Archive for September, 2008

Burning Question: Are Formal Dining Rooms Out?

Anyone who knows us knows that we’re all about open living and multi-functional spaces, which is why one of the first things we did when we moved in was convert our formal dining room into a third bedroom and move our dining area out into our living room (which conveniently opens to the kitchen).

But although the whole dining room switcheroo worked for us, we wondered at the time if it would potentially turn off a large group of people who rank a formal dining room up there with hardwood flooring and a fireplace (as in it’s one of their must-haves). Lately it seems like a lot more people are embracing open living, in fact, it’s one of the fastest growing home trends these days. So our question is this: do you prefer a separate formal dining room or a dining area within a larger space?



A Sweet Homemade Hostess Gift Idea

It’s great when inspiration comes full circle, and that’s exactly what happened when we spotted this post about our use of mint in some lemonade-filled recycled wine bottles at our wedding:

How funny is it that Katy has such a mint obsession that she couldn’t wait to whip up some mint lemonade of her own? But the point at which the inspiration tables turned was when we read that she made some homemade lemonade with sprigs of peppermint in the bottle to present as a hostess gift at a swanky little soiree. What a great idea! How posh would you feel arriving at a dinner party with some freshly-squeezed minted lemonade in a darling little wine bottle? Well, according to Katy it’s as exciting as I’d imagine it to be. In her words, “it looked so darn fancy I wanted to explode!”

Thanks so much for the inspiration exchange Katy. Now if only we had our own stash of mint in the backyard…