This is the first house we have ever owned that has formal living and dining rooms. To me they are completely unnecessary and a total waste of space. We are not formal people and have in fact NEVER eaten dinner in our formal dining room...and we've lived in our house for 4 years! I'm on a mission to reinvent these rooms and turn them into something that will work for our family. I've gotten started but it will definitely be a work in progress...
Here is what our formal living room used to look like. I never really knew what to do with the space and I guess I thought it needed to be somewhat fancy. It's SO not us!
We ordered the sofa and chair from a furniture store and didn't like them the day they arrived. We kept them anyway (dumb, I know). I do like all of the tables because they are casual and rustic. I ended up painting an accent wall with swirls to jazz it up. And I hung silk curtains. It's an OK room, but nothing special and definitely not representative of who we are as a family.
This is the dining room which is opposite the living room. I have always loved this dining room table and chairs. My husband and I bought it on our honeymoon. I thought we'd keep it forever and pass it on to our children. But now, I'm over it. We are a 5 member family and this table only seats 4 people. Obviously it doesn't work for us either.
I decided it was time to begin slowly changing the rooms to make them spaces we want to spend time in rather than rooms we just walk by (not to mention dust and vacuum).