Library Dining

Morning y'all! Ok this post is for Kip who sometimes has trouble visualizing what's in my head.  Unfortunately, he probably won't see this because he's traveling for work today (he'll be back tonight for all of you murderers and robbers with good design sense).

So here's the deal, our new house has a very traditional layout: formal dining, formal living, family room, kitchen/hearth room.  We are inheriting a very large pine table for the kitchen that seats 10+ (from the amazingly kind and generous current owners).  Somewhere down the line, my thought is to change the formal dining room into a dining library.  We both love libraries way more than eating.  Just kidding.  I love eating.  But I also love a beautiful library and I think that with well-placed furniture the dining library can serve multiple functions.

Par exemple:

Keith Irvine via Cote de Texas
 Antelope, glossy, skirted round table.  This is sort of exactly what I envisioned.  I wish I had a better image of this room.

Mona Hajj

via My Notting Hill

via Pinterest (lemme know if you know the source)

There are tons of examples, but the ones above are my favorites and most closely resemble what is in my head. I love each and every one of those rooms.

* Now here is where I test Kip to see if he's read my blog today.  Kip, if you made it to the end of this post, you have to text me the following secret word: butterflysparkles 


  1. For me I think it needs to be a fairly large space to pull it off. The first photograph wouldnt pull it off, try to have a family dinner in that room. The spacing in the last room may work better. I have to say that we too have thought of doing something similar in our new home. What could be better than getting double duty out of a room and table? Great place for kids to pull out the laptop and talk about those dusty boxes that sit on the shelves that the old people learned on years ago. I guess not that old, we are only 30 and still love books.

  2. One of my favorite library dining spaces is by Jackye Lanham. It used to be on her web site, but is no longer there.

    I agree with French Inspired Home - it is nice to think about having a dining room do double duty as dining and reading, but in reality I like for a library to be a library, and a dining room a dining room. Maybe this is because I actually use my library for reading!

    - Holly

  3. The big question is did you get a mysterious text with the words "butterflysparkles"
    Me likey every one of these. Love this idea, always grandmother had a version of this and let me just say it was one of the most used and most popular rooms in the house....cozy meets elegance meets function. Go for it...cannot wait to see what you do, know its going to be fabulous and any room that combines my two favorite activities...eating and reading has got to be awesome!

  4. Love it! I will take that last one tacked onto the back of my house, please! xo Diana

  5. lovely pics, you have such a nice blog, would you like to follow us each other? I can also follow you on bloglovin and twitter!

  6. Great inspiration - I'll take storage wherever I can manage!

  7. Love love love! Though the last two (when come original to the house) show that when this is done as an addition to a house it takes up so much space, as in other photos. But nothing like a dining with (another) purpose!


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