Your feedback on the mantle was amazing (I’m in the process of implementing some of the clever ideas, with my own quirkiness tossed in) so I’m soliciting your opinions again. Photographing the DIY tablecloth the other day, I really couldn’t ignore what has long bugged me: a dead space in the dining room. I put a plant stand there, but plan on murdering those plants (it’s more humane than the slow death they are now enduring) . . .
The space is small. Somehow, it looks bigger on camera and keeping it rather simple further tricks the eye into believing it is more spacious. Still, I would love a place to put a bottle of wine or a casserole dish mid-meal without crowding the table or having to run to the kitchen counter every ten minutes. Not that the kitchen is far, but who likes their host dashing back and forth the whole meal? A handy surface would make life easier, but with such cramped quarters the options are limited (the chair touches the wall under the painting when pulled out, so anything would have to be really tucked into that corner, to the right, and pretty small, so folks can still squeeze by).
These are some ideas I’ve had:
1. A cool, built-in asymmetrical cubby set up, to the right of the painting (although Hubby is dubious about wall-mounting). Here’s some inspiration:
|Via Babble (Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison (Feb/Mar ’12); Via Decor8 (101woonideen)|
2. A proper bar cart, maybe a vintage find or DIY’d option. Something with open storage and a handy surface, but moveable. This is my favorite option right now, although I’m worried about clutter . . .
|Better Homes and Gardens; Shop Society Social|
3. A small, small chest of drawers or sideboard, which has the added perk of storage for some table linens. But would it look dining room-y enough?:
|Apartment Therapy; Better Homes and Gardens|
4. A built-in, or stand alone, corner hutch for some display and a handy surface, like these (although more modern and clean-lined, to suit the space):
|Via Design*Sponge; Better Homes and Gardens|
5. Leave the area alone and walk the five steps to the kitchen. Bah, who needs exercise?
I’d love your feedback, so c’mon, dazzle me with your genius ideas!