This Old House - CambridgeScandinavian Dining Room, Boston
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Give a quick fix with flowersIf you’ve been caught on the hop by last-minute guests, an instant way to refresh your home is to buy some cut flowers. A colourful bunch of tulips makes this simple dining area a more inviting space.How do you prepare your home for guests? Share your ideas in the Comments below.
Prepare your kitchen and breakfast spaceIf you wake to a messy kitchen and breakfast area with old papers strewn about, you’re not going to feel motivated to cook a real breakfast, especially when you’re in a hurry. Before bed, make sure all the dishes are done, the breakfast table is clean and clear, and your breakfast supplies are at the ready. Add something to the area to catch your eye in the morning and entice you to sit down, like a vase of flowers, a pretty pillow or a new art print.
‘The owners really wanted an openness to the house,’ says Elms. ‘The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open to each other, with the kitchen being at the front of the home.’ At the centre point lies the dining room, featuring a midcentury table the couple bought some time ago. It’s enlivened with creamy-hued Windsor-style chairs.‘There are bay windows around the house, and we added window seats in all of them,’ says Elms. ‘This is a perfect place to perch, and during holiday meals you can push the table toward it and have kids use it as banquet seating. It also has the benefit of drawer storage beneath.’Dining room chairs: Mitchell GoldCheck out more window seats
Make sure it multitasksThere is no reason why your window seat can’t be useful as well as comfortable. This one, in a bright and beautiful kitchen, doubles up as extra seating for the dining table. Learn how to make a dining table work in a small space