This is the circle of friends. A co-worker friend got this for me as a gift a couple years ago and I love it. It’s place is in the center of our dining room table–because I always pictured the dining/kitchen area as a place to gather.
I posted about the kitchen half of our kitchen/dining area a couple weeks ago. This week we are jumping the island to take a peek at where we eat the food that is prepared.
It’s not very big. It is not very big AT ALL. In fact? This area is tiny. We all get a little squeezed in when we have friends over.
And you can see that this area also doubles as the home office area for now. We are working on that though. Hopefully by the end of the year our laptops will live downstairs on the desk. But for now? Kitchen table.
Which causes clutter. Which stresses me out.
Besides the circle of friends and our cool high top table, this is really my most FAVORITE thing in the dining area…maybe in the whole house. This painting was done by our very best friend, Mat, (of m9 design). He was just starting to do large, custom paintings out of his apartment back in Chicago. We sent him this picture from our visit to Seattle:
He took the top and made it into an awesome painting for us. and he changed the time on the clock to read 6:18 since that is our anniversary: June 18. And he made the sky blue, since that is just happier and looks better in painting form.
It is one of the first things you see when you come into my home, and I LOVE that!
One of the LAST things I want you to see is this:
Admittedly this looks REALLY good right now. Cortney cleaned it up. It was so bad that it gave me anxiety that soon we would have nasty bugs living in our house feasting off what Eddie left behind.
And splat mat or not, the carpet in this area is GROSS.
And so are the blinds next to his chair. He enjoys rubbing his nasty hand on them. I realize vertical blinds are not the worlds most beautiful window treatment to begin with, but this? Makes them barfable.
I have a love-hate relationship with our dining area. While I love the things we have put in it to make it ours and to make it cozy, I also hate that this is where many frustrations occur.
The battles with Eddie over not flinging food.
The battles with Eddie over eating certain foods.
Eddie getting stuck under chairs.
The constant clutter of having our computers and “work” on the dining room table.
But even with all those frustrations? This is the place that we spend the most time together. We eat all of our meals here together. We chat and laugh here together. We discuss our days and our troubles and our joys here.