Dining in Style18.6.09
McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier
. Charles Faudree
A formal dining room is a very special place in a home. Here is where family and friends come together to celebrate. It's the room that will have the most pictures taken in it, because you can get the most number of people into a single frame. And it's a room that you will look back on with many fond memories. It is no wonder why many considerations go into planning the perfect room for entertaining. Do you typically have big parties, or small intimate ones - or both. How do you serve your meals, elegantly plated or help yourself. Are you a group of adults who linger with a glass of wine afterwards or are you outnumbered by children who are anxious to get the eating over with.
Sophisticated formal or Casual classic, your dining room says a lot about who you are. A round table is perfect for engaging in stimulating conversation. A server nearby is great for avoiding frequent trips to the kitchen. A generous sized room is ideal for creating a good flow of traffic. Whether your gatherings are large or small, formal or casual, simple or sophisticated there are some key elements to dining in style. Comfortable seats will make your guests want to stay a while, a little colour will give a lot of energy, a dramatic light fixture will make you feel like celebrating, a floral arrangement for liveliness, and big windows so you can let natural light in and avoid feeling crowded. With a little food & some good company, your dining room will be the space for making beautiful memories and perfect pictures.
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