Our dining room is giving me the "blahs". Basically, the same since we moved back into our house 8 years ago with exception of a new-to-us chandelier (my mom's used furniture store find), and some slight furniture rearrangement since the room grew by 2 feet over the course of the renovation. My dad reupholstered the dining room chair seats for me before the famed house tour. And, I recently reorganized the glass-fronted china cabinet (read about that here), but the dining room seemed otherwise lackluster.
In the meantime, I did some browsing online for inspirational dining rooms and I was surprised to find so little. Do people just not care about dining rooms enough to post about them? I even checked Martha Stewart and dining rooms are not even an option on the list. Same goes for BHG (my other go-to). Finally, I skipped over to HGTV and found some dining room inspiration there.
After looking through a bunch of pictures, I was surprised that there are relatively few stand-alone dining rooms pictured - many are now part of the kitchen or great room. I like this idea generally because I think it makes a tons of sense in most houses. We rarely use our dining room but I still feel like we need the space for a fairly large group (6+ people) to eat on occasion. We keep our kitchen table small intentionally so that we do get more use out of our dining room. But, after looking at pictures of about 300+ dining rooms, I'm stil not feeling very inspired. Maybe a trip to HomeGoods will help!