(Just for a reminder here are two pics of how the front room and dining room were set up)
My crazy plan...Convert the small-ish dining room into a sitting room/wine lounge. To do this, I moved the small loveseat from the front room under the wall of wine art. I also pulled in a small white coffee table, two side tables and two wonderful chairs I'd found a couple years ago at a flea market. I left the bar and hutch in the room.
I love the result! And since we've had the room arranged this way, people have already been sitting on the furniture. When those pieces were in the front room, they were NEVER used.
The room is cozy and comfortable now. It also feels more appropriate for the square footage in the room.
And it's just off the kitchen, so guest can sit in there and enjoy a glass of wine while I'm finishing up meal preparations.
Someday...in my dreams, I'd really love to make that window a set of french doors that open out onto a larger deck in the back yard. It would create really nice flow in and out of the house to the yard. Even better for hosting large gatherings.
For now, we'll enjoy this new lounging area.
And soon, I'll share what we did with our dining table, because I'm sure you're wondering where we're eating our meals now. :)