Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dining By the Books

Now that things have settled here at Loretta's house, I want all of you to know the Hubster is doing fine. I didn't really hurt him...MUCH! lol.
 He asked me to tell you he is sorry for upsetting the good things on my blog and for making me act up! Wow, what a crock! But, you gotta love 'em!

For most of us the formal dining room stands ready, neat and unused, day after day, night after night and month after month.

But, there is a unique way that can be changed...using the dining room as a library too! After all, the dining room  is an inviting space that can be used almost on a daily basis. Especially if it is spacious, it can be used for more than a few formal meals. Let's face it, our dining rooms can be the most wasteful space in our homes, right?

If you are a lover of book the way I am, it can be changed to a better use of space. The space above was designed for more than ocassional formal dining. It also serves as a library! The logical step was to create a space that would double as a library. The owner's hutch was removed and this beautiful floor to ceiling shelving unit was built for her huge collection of favorite books.
  This is also a good space for doing her extensive research where she is able to spread out using the round dining table. And when there are meeting scheduled with her staff, she also use this space. She can quickly changes over to serving snacks; luncheon or even dinner that evening. Isn't this a versatile use of a beautiful space?
If you look closer, you can see how this shelving also provides display space for her to tuck her most cherished art. When you create a multipurpose room such as this one, your lighting is very important. Dimmers can be added for mood lighting when dining and halogen recessed lights that are brighter for reading. You can also tuck little lamps in your shelving for lighting. Be sure to install plugs when building your unit.

There is nothing more soothing than having a little reading nook where you can curl up with your favorite novel and a nice throw on those chilly nights. So, carve out a corner space to add your favorite comfy chair. You can also push the dining table to the side to create this space. I love this space. It gives a whole new meaning to...dining in the stacks!

  Hope your day has, so far, been a successful one and you are enjoying the fall weather. Aren't we blessed to have the different seasons to enjoy? Keep Smiling and most of all...Keep Creating...Love to all!  Many Hugs!



  1. I have a library of all my closet. 'Works for me! Heeeheheh!!!

    I do adore your dinnin' room sweetie!

    I'm thrilled to hear your hubby is doin' fine.

    God bless ya and have an incredible day!!! :o)

  2. I love your library Loretta ~ Your room looks amazing! I have books scattered everywhere not as neat as yours. Sooooo what did you do to hubby? :)
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Hugs Rosemary...xx

  3. Hi dear, thank you for visiting! I am following your blogs too!
    is always welcome on my blog!
    kisses from Brazil


  4. Hi, Loretta! I must have missed a post because I don't know what went on with your husband!!!! LOL! But I do like that dining room... you say the 'owner' -- is it a friend of yours? I DO like her idea with the bookshelves in the room... very pretty and versatile!

  5. Oh my Gosh! I just read it Loretta!
    Hilarious...I think I'd be changing my password if I were you. So funny.
    Hugs Rosemary...xx

  6. Great idea. I just recently made a library in my rarely used living room. It's more spacious than my dining room.


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