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Thoughts on A Combined Library/Dining Room…

January 25, 2013

Happy, happy Home Tour Friday!  If you live anywhere in the US right now (with the exception of the most Southern States), you are probably chilled to the bone.

This makes me think of hot chocolate.

And curling up with a book.

And that brings me to my next house conundrum that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

{Yes, these are the things I sit and ponder.}

The library is valuable real estate inside a home, and often it sits empty.  Counting the days and weeks until Thanksgiving, and then feeling rushed through Christmas, and then all year it sits.

So I wonder if the room would get more use as a library/dining room.

Let’s look and see what we think…

Source: Marcus Design

Okay, killer light fixture.  The pink is fun, but The Running Man would ix-nay that before it left the design store.  A great pop of color in an otherwise dark room though.

Source: Victoria Dreste Designs

Mark the ceiling for a future room – that is just incredible!  Love the white of the millwork.

Source: Victoria Dreste Designs

This needs a fabulous light fixture and it would feel complete to me.  I love, love, love round tables.  (Wait, or is this oval?)  I love, love, love round tables.

Source: Pinterest (original unknown)

This is the true embodiment of what I was thinking for most of the year: The dining room is strewn with appetizing books and puzzles to grab readers (and puzzle-doers).

Love the navy lampshades; the chairs pulled away and stacked with books.


Another light and bright, IKEA-esque cleanness to this one.


Standing at 5 foot 2 inches, I would be grateful for the ladder that I’m hoping can be pulled around the room.  Very masculine – dark wood, heavy chairs.


Another un-fussy option.  One tweak I would make is to add a 18-inch “lip” on top of the lower bookcase, to be used a serving buffet when dining or a place to pull out books and open them up.


Gorgeous, right?  It’s even navy!


In the wow-sa category…

Source : Marcus Design

And more pink!  What’s the deal with hot pink in dining rooms?  Though I do appreciate how they match the peonies in the pitcher.

So what do you think?


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  1. Marykate Wurster

      on January 25, 2013 6:05 pm

    Fun idea. And pink in the dining room – love! But to do something that bold the color has to be bold – so hot pink all the way!


  2. Julie

      on January 26, 2013 8:49 am

    Not quite my cup of tea – too busy for me for my ideal dining room. But if it works for you a great use of typically empty dining room space. Of course I could live with the wow-za room since most of the library is on the second level. :-)


  3. Jeff

      on January 26, 2013 12:22 pm

    excellent idea and may try it with one wall


  4. Heidi Farmer

      on January 27, 2013 8:13 am

    @ Julie, that’s funny because I;ve had this idea for a while, but when I saw these photos as examples, I wasn’t sure I was as gung-ho about it. Perhaps the books make everything look too busy/messy? Usually I think of books as relaxing and comfortable. Hmmmm… still thinking.


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