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Wine and Dine Design

Since the living and dining rooms are of-

room for deep, bulky, or wide sofas and

Ready for your guests to arrive? I recent-

ten the most formal rooms in a home, my

chairs. Upright and more-firmly uphol-

ly made an “emergency” house call to

clients often allocate a large amount of

stered furniture is more comfortable for

a client desperate to make her seating

their budgets to them and then tell me

socializing. Try to create seating for a

arrangement perfect before her formal

they never use them. Oh no, not okay!

minimum of six. Smaller chairs and even

cocktail party. She complained that

Often, the living and dining rooms are the

benches will allow you to maximize your

everyone always gathers in the kitch-

first rooms guests see since this is where

seating. As for tables, the same rule ap-

en and it drives her crazy that they stay

they are welcomed as these rooms are

plies. In addition to cocktail tables, make

there all night. So I asked her where she

usually right off the main entrance. So, I

sure there are enough small martini tables

put the hors d'oeuvres. Her answer: the

design these rooms to be inviting, lively,

that each person

and, most importantly, lived in. After all,

has a place to put

it’s called a living room for a reason.

his or her appetizer plate, cocktail, and wine. If you are lucky enough to have a large living room, you


kitchen island! So,

To break up a boardroom feeling, opt to differentiate the head chairs from the side chairs.


with a simple, little like

adjustment, moving


ty trays of food to where she wanted her party to take place,


as the first guests arrived, she could

multiple seating areas. In one very large

have the party she wanted. Later guests

living room I designed, I floated two sofas

always take the visual cue and gravitate

back to back in order to create one seat-

to where the party is happening. Other

ing area facing the fireplace and another

touches can draw the crowd to the liv-

facing the gorgeous grounds.

ing room, like creating the perfect vibe. So dim the lights, put the music on, and

If you are less formal, design the room

light a wonderfully scented candle to

There are many opportunities to live in

with casual rugs and bright cheery colors

create the perfect environment.

these spaces, and to properly wine and

so the space is friendly and inviting. If you

dine there, they just need to be designed

want to make it kid friendly, then formalize

One more tip. If you have family antiques

for your purpose and lifestyle. Do you love

the lighting, mirrors, and things that don’t

packed away gathering dust in storage

to have fancy gatherings with everyone

get wear and tear. If you entertain with

or the garage, the living room is just the

dressed up or is a casual buffet the way

more formality, then go for it and make

place to showcase them. Antiques are

you roll? Do you have couples and as-

a statement.

often one of a kind and unique to your

sociates over or the ladies for a fun girls’ night? Is it a holiday tradition for you to host your entire extended family at your home? Even if you prefer just a relaxing area where you can “escape” with a good book and a cup of tea, the living room can be the ideal place. But as this issue is all about wining and dining, let’s set the stage there!

Living room – wine Whatever your style, make sure you have plenty of seating. Pull the furniture away from the walls and float it in the room to encourage conversation. This isn’t the


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