My parents always said, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. Things aren't always as they seem. My life on the other side of the pond has been a living testament to that! I can't tell you how often I hear one country 'observing' another and think to myself, "dude, you've got it all wrong." Its odd how we draw imaginary cultural borders on the maps in our heads and then fence ourselves in with them.
If my eye caught a glimpse of the picture below I'd think, 'cool room, I like the wine rack. What's up with the strange lookin' stroller?' But pictures don't always tell the truth, or maybe I should say, they don't always tell the WHOLE truth. Before hopping the pond I would peruse glossy mags of 'European' homes. All that otherness seemed so sophisticated at the time. I can report back that many houses in Europe really do have lots of character which is hard to replicate. But having said that...I would give up a lot to have just ONE decent storage space in our house! All that character can't hide our junk!
What I love about our dining room...
|Our vintage Champagne riddling rack|
|Our reclaimed laboratory pendant lights|
Refocus the lens...This is our reality too...
The dining room needs to function as two rooms. A play room/office by day and a dining room by night. Dysfunction junction is the state of our dining room these days! But I have hope and a plan...
...I stumbled across this gem of inspiration (pictured below). I think you know where I'm going with this...Sliding doors may just be the answer I've been looking for! We're in the planning stage of installing sliding doors in front of the wall that the Ladderax shelves, sunburst mirror and vintage riddling rack are on. Storage shelves will be built into the alcoves on either side of the not so usable fire place. One side will be our office space and the other side will be toy and craft storage.
Most of Bea's toys will have a special 'home' of their own soon. I look forward to the day when I can lovingly tuck the toys into their baskets and say goodnight as I slide the doors shut on another great day of creative play. What are the storage solutions that work best in your home?
Every wall is a door. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson