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I don't know about you, but I'm always the first to pounce on a table with a booth when I'm eating out. I don't know if it's the cozy communal allure of sharing a seat while you break bread, solving the puzzle of optimizing a small space, or the countless opportunities for making a serious style statement in your home, but I'm dying to have one of these. I pulled together a gallery of rooms that utilize banquettes in different ways. Some of them include a few chairs, and some of them don't. Some reside in typical places, like a kitchen, and others are located in surprising spots. Click through this slideshow of my favorite examples and see if you're inspired to place one in your home.
Relaxing with loved ones while giving thanks over good food and drink is what Thanksgiving is all about, but hosting it can also be stressful if you're doing it for the first time. Want to impress your guests with more than just a well-executed meal? Set a table to match, using this easy cheat sheet.
- Set plates first to determine spacing (they should be about 2 feet apart from center to center) and the layout for the rest of your place settings.
- Arrange cups and glasses on the right side of the plate and butter and salad plates on the left.
- Silverware should be set in the order they will be used, starting from the outside working your way in. First course silverware will be on the outside and main course silverware will be on the inside.
- Set forks to the left of the plate (unless it's a small cocktail fork, which goes on the outermost right side of the plate) and knives and spoons (in that order) to the right. Flip knives so that the cutting edge faces the plate and line up the silverware so that the bottoms of the handles align with the bottoms of the dinner plates.
- Napkins are traditionally placed to the left of the forks, but since there are so many ways to artfully fold or display cloth napkins, feel free to play around with the placement. Slipping on a napkin ring and placing it directly on the plate or tucking it beneath a soup bowl (if you're serving soup) on top of the dinner plate are a couple of alternatives.
- Butter plates go above the forks to the left of the plate and should include a butter knife. Dessert silverware go above the dinner plate with the fork handle facing the left and the spoon or knife handle to the right with the cutting edge facing the plate.
- The water glasses are placed above the dinner knives, but the arrangement of the wine glasses can vary. Either place the white wine to the right, and red wine top center, forming a triangle, or placed above the knives in a straight row, slanting down from the upper left, going from biggest to smallest glass. Coffee cups and saucers are placed to the right of the setting with the coffee spoon on the right side of the saucer.
In the Summer, my family uses our deck or patio for many of our weekend meals. Once the temperature drops, though, we don't make it outside as often for brunches or dinners. This is a shame, since autumn al fresco meals can be just as picturesque as Summer ones. With a few supplies — wool throws, a fuzzy hat, and some hot chocolate or a hot toddy — I may have to go outdoors to revive my weekend dining spot.
My boyfriend and I took a table collecting dust in a garage and made it new. We sanded, stained, and upholstered it. Once completed, we threw a holiday dinner party. Complete with seafood pasta and wine, the dinner and the DIY project were a success. Enjoy!
Ever since I attended my architect friend's wedding in August (which featured an impressively long dinner table), I've been convinced that rectangular dining tables are the way to go. In theory, round tables are nice for large parties because they allow for all guests to see each other, but the expansive diameter may prevent guests from hearing each other. Oval tables may offer a happy medium. But if you're seated at the head of a rectangular table, you're probably missing out on some conversation, too. Ahh! Too many factors!
While some consider it a bad habit, for others it's the absolute norm. Dining at a desk, on the sofa, or at a coffee table in front of the television are much more common scenarios than a traditional sit-down dinner for many households. I know that I'm guilty of this type of behavior at least once or twice a week. How about you?
This is an arrangement I made for my dining table. Nothing was specially bought to make this arrangement; they were all items I have around my house.
Here's what I created it with:
- A recycled glass bottle I am using as a vase (I have a stash in different colours I keep for moments like this)
- The first branch I pruned off my lemon tree,
- Some limes and a lemon given to me
- A Golden pear
- A tumbler playing host to a miniature lettuce head that I harvested from my garden
- A bamboo placemat
You can see more pictures on my blog post.
The dining room designed by Tucker and Marks at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase was obviously set for spectating visitors. But it's not the first time I've seen a table outfitted in chargers, silverware, and linens before dinner time. In some households — albeit not many — it's customary to leave the table set during the day. Is that the routine in your home?
Hey guys! I'm moving into an apartment with an actual dining room for the first time ever, and my husband and I want to DIY our own dining table out of an old door. We found an amazing salvage yard nearby with absolutely endless door options, and we're pretty psyched about the idea! But we're not exactly sure where to start. We're thinking about looking at Ikea for table legs and are debating whether we'll sand and paint the door we choose (something like the one at right, maybe), cover it with tempered glass, or just leave it more or less as-is (after cleaning it, of course!). Does anyone have experience with this type of project? Any ideas/suggestions/warnings?
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