Friday:  table and chairs

Thoreau had one table and three chairs in his cabin in the woods. He wrote, ” I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”

TABLE AND CHAIRS. My mind automatically goes to my dining room.  That, however, will soon be a thing of the past.  The Dallas Morning News recently reported that dining rooms (and living rooms) are falling out of favor.  Builders are moving in that direction because the trend is to build smaller homes,  and something has to give-exit the dining room and dining room furniture.    Young buyers want rooms that serve more than one purpose-large family rooms and combined living spaces.  

I am nostalgic when I think of my table and chairs in my formal dining room.  There is a small strawberry stain from my then 3-year-old granddaughter’s birthday cake-she graduates from high school in 2015.  Can’t bear to get rid of the stain or the chair.  Birthdays, special celebrations, Easter, Christmas, and sometimes just because were all reasons to use the “good table.”  For big parties, it is the dining room table that is dressed up in the color or theme of the event usually showcasing a cake or assorted desserts.  Our photo albums are filled with happy occasions shared around this table.

When we downsize, there is no doubt a good portion of my furniture will be “re-homed.”  The condos and townhouses that would be our choice have eliminated the need for an eating area plus a spot for the “good table.”  Antique stores are packed with 12 piece place settings of fine china-there is no market for it.  Same for all those “good tables” those of my generation thought essential to a well furnished home.


Do you have a formal dining room?  Or have you downsized?  What would be the rooms of your perfect house?