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10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories

by Garrett Fleming

So many of my childhood memories revolve around my parents’ dining room. It’s played host to all four of us kids’ high school and college graduation dinners, 15 years worth of Christmas breakfasts, and every birthday of mine since I was 13. Painted in a rich cranberry color, the room has become a symbol for laughter and bonding, and a place where both sides of my family have cried tears of joy and sadness. That being said, I’m never surprised when other homeowners gush over how important their dining room has been to them, too. Over time, their spaces have gathered more and more memories, each one becoming permanently etched in the grain of a wooden table or the cushion of a chair.

To celebrate all the magic that can happen around a dinner table, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite dining spaces. Some are casual. Others are formal. No matter the style, it’s not hard to imagine the good times that have been had around each. They’re all perfect backdrops for such fun, you simply have to click through to ogle at them. Enjoy! —Garrett

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This wall painting convinced Celine and Kevin to snag their Phoenix, AZ home. "The mural in the dining room was painted by the original owner(s) when they converted the house from a horse barn in 1950," they tell us. Celine added a whimsical chandelier to match the over-the-top mural. It casts a warm glow on party-goers when Kevin is mixing up some cocktails at his well-stocked bar. Dining table and chairs by Design Within Reach.
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Lyndsay and Fitzhugh made their dining table together from a fallen beech tree. Behind it are bookshelves housing various collections which are constantly growing and being rearranged. A guest room lives at the top of the ladder.
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Sivan and Karen's dine-in kitchen gets a layered look thanks to their collection of "ceramic dutch houses miniatures, mugs from Marakech, babushka dolls from Russia and dishes..."
10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories, Design*Sponge
A few years ago, Anne M. Cramer realized if she had her dining table set up nicely at all times it wouldn't collect backpacks, mail, junk etc.
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This 13-foot table was an anniversary gift for Aaron and Kat, and it's proven to be quite an asset as they love to entertain. It's made with hand-forged iron legs and reclaimed wood from Coney Island. Around it sit genuine Eames chairs, and above the piece hangs a chandelier from Shabadashery that Aaron painted matte black to match the Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. sconces.
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This table in Melissa and Sean's home used to be a coffee table. When they moved into their Florida bungalow, however, it got new legs and a new life. Now it's a comfy spot for enjoying a meal, listening to records and entertaining. Beneath it lives a rug direct from Africa, and above it hangs a light fixture from World Market.
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When Roger and Chris moved into their New Jersey home, they aimed to blend the space into its mountainous surroundings. This informed not only the color palette of the house, but the decor as well. The kitchen table's gallery wall is the perfect example of this. The pieces depict landscapes during various seasons. They're illuminated by a light fixture designed by the couple and are paired with chairs from Design Within Reach and a slip-covered vintage settee.
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Chalkboard paint and a rug turned into a wall hanging cozy up the dining room in Lou & Sarah's LA home.
10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories, Design*Sponge
Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi's Midwestern home is full of flea market finds. And that includes the dining room. $3 lights, a $1 set of chairs and a table she got from an old flower shop give the room a lived-in, causal and collected vibe.
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Once an open courtyard, the dining area in Eliza Jane Curtis' South American home is now fully functional thanks to a newly-installed glass roof. That doesn't mean, however, that greenery and such isn't abundant. On the contrary, Eliza tells us that flowing vines and plants are common in many homes in Buenos Aires, where the lines between nature and the indoors are oftentimes blurry.

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  • :-) they are a long way off, but I am pretty sure that those ‘ceramic dutch houses’ in the third room are gifted to business class travelers on the Royal Dutch Airlines – filled with Gin! I bet they add to the cosy feel!

  • I Like Aaron and Kat’s 13-foot table dinning space. It’s quite simple and looking beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing these amazing ideas with us!

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