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The Eat-in Area We Don't Eat In

Now that I've raved about our new coffee table, let's get back to the house tour. If you walk past the dining room on the left, you come up on our kitchen and eating area.  Here's the view into our kitchen...
By the way, I got those iron bar stools at HomeGoods (love that place!) before I moved to Dallas in 2007.  They were $20 each and had a gold flower in the middle of the back.  I painted the gold flower black and added some $10 cushions I found at World Market.  Five years later, I'm still a big fan (especially knowing what I paid for them!).

 But I digress... If you keep walking past the kitchen you'll see our server and empty eat-in area.

Pretty barren, huh?  This is one of the problem areas in our home.  Our old home only had room for a formal dining area, but now that we have extra space, we have nothing to fill it.  Extra space is generally not a problem, but it is for me because we're renting.  Since I know this won't be our forever home, I'm afraid to make a big purchase on a dining set and then have it work well in our next place.

We usually eat dinner on the couch anyway (horrible, I know) so I'm not sure if I should just wait or find a quick, but likeable fix on Craigslist.  Knowing me, I won't be able to continue to walk by an unfinished space and will inevitably buy something.  But at least if I do, I can always re-list on Craigslist if I want something else in our next home.  Anyway...All of that to say that this is why we have an empty space :)

And speaking of empty spaces, we also have one above the server.   But at least for this one I have a plan! 

I am currently on the hunt for a large, gold-framed chalkboard like this to fill the space.  Isn't this lovely?  I think it would work perfectly in our space (and our next home). 

So that's it.  That's our eat-in area we don't eat in.  Up next on the tour will be our kitchen.

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