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frenchdecor
I like how it's done very much, but I am agree that it's too sterile for a cottage. What I appreciate about cottage is relaxing, casual, change of atmosphere, and environment completely opposite than living in a big city.
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tooky58
Too pale for me and shouldn't art be a personal choice instead of something that matches the furniture? And why hide the tv behind chopped up books?
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Linda.Linda2
Living in California I am so tired of builders and designers thinking that we only want Mediterranean style homes. I too have taken my cookie cutter home and have tried to create a modern look inside and out braking away from the standard amenities and designs that are standard in our high priced homes. This home is a classy and welcomed redesign to what I call "rustic modern". I love the staircase. Such a fresh and updated look. I wish more builders and designers would take a hint from this outstanding re-do.
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Paul B. Showers
Just amazing all the way through! Organic, welcoming, appears very comfortable, loaded with personal detail. The entry piece which appears to have been a store counter or some such commercial application is wonderfully repurposed there serving many functions I'm sure. I guess it should be said that owning the reclaimed wood company helps a great deal in this situation however if ever there were a glowing endorsement of the product coupled with the ultimate show room this is certainly it.
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gwnorth
Our house was built in the 90's and as such it has a separate dining room. We rarely use it. On the occasions that we do entertain, it's not big enough to seat everyone so we end up with half in the dining room and half in the kitchen. As host I always offer the dining room to my guest, so even when we do use the room, I don't get the pleasure of eating in there.

What I would prefer is not to have a self-contained dining room. I would prefer one large room that is a combination living and dining, with a kitchen that is open to the area but is still mostly self-contained. That way you don't have to be looking at the messiness of food preparation while you are dining but you aren't completely isolated from everyone when you are cooking. I wouldn't want the room to be so formal that it couldn't be used for every day meals but not so casual that it couldn't be dressed up for special occasions. I would also like the space to be big enough that when I need to host a larger group it could accommodate us all. I would then have a bit of seating at an island or a small banquette in the kitchen, but with the intent that the dining area get used for the majority of meals.

The attached photos are a general idea of what I would like in terms of layout.

Cat Mountain Residence
Gorlin Residence
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PIXERS
Love your examples! This big neon is so lovely! Check our dining room decor ideas:
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JTBaldwin
All great ideas! I also like setting luminaries along the walk to the front door. Now that we have flameless tea lights, the set up is just a matter of placing the lights in small paper bags -- and so much safer than years ago when we used a burning wax candle.
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midmodfan
Our house is clean and welcoming throughout the year, and we always have fresh flowers, but not one piece of seasonal or party decoration. When we are expecting guests, I decorate with garden finds - like paeonies or rhododendron blossoms, beautiful leaves, acorns, berries or decorative branches -, that go into the compost afterwards.
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