Help with dining space - competing inspirations
I have three options for the dining area-- and I love each of them. I will move in a month and need to commit to one path and go for it. I keep flip flopping-- I think I've decided and then the next day, I lean the other direction. Would appreciate your thoughts.
Here's the room *before*--before removing furniture, carpet and painting.
After--the paint looks more bright yellow here though because it's still wet. Note the swirled ceiling (which I won't replace in the near future-- if ever. My grandfather did it by hand)
And a better representation of the color (BM Anjou Pear)
Rustic farmer's table with MCM chairs
This inspiration sets the tone I'd like for the house-- rustic, cottage with some mod touches. Love rich and interesting woods and I should be able to pick up a small (60" or so) antique table. I'd pair with knockoff (budget and all) eiffel chairs with wood legs (vs metal). My biggest fear here is with how sturdy the chairs are.
cozy coffee house space
I love the idea of a sitting area -- for coffee, laptopping, cookbook scouring, chatting with friends etc. I won't do a built in until I remodel the kitchen-- I've been planning a small sofa along the back wall but havent found "the right one" yet. An alternative to a sofa would be comfy upholstered chairs.
This isn't the best example of what I'd do since I am not considering a built in NOW. But the vibe is the same-- wood with fabrics, pillows, coziness. The truth is, I've all but abandoned this idea but I would love the space so I am sharing it.
Tiger Maple Table I Love
This is a table I love.. have loved a long time. I tend to think there are a few places you invest in a piece that moves you-- and a dining table would be one of those. My problem is, I don't know what I'd pair with the table. I can only imagine black windsor chairs. I can't picture the modern chairs with this-- not wishbones (which I also love), eiffel.. and I am not sure the tiger maple will work so well with the color I just painted the dining area. Did I inspire myself away from this table?
It's ok if I did-- this would be a much more expensive look. I just don't think I am completely ready to abandon it yet. I think the size and profile are perfect for a small room--it's striking without being visually heavy.
WWYD? This is also my primary entrance-- and where family will likely enter when the visit as it was my grandparents' primary entry. It's also connected to the 1960s kitchen (to be remodeled in 2014) and open to the living room.