4.20.2009

[casual] dining + a guest post

I have to say that I always preferred formal dining areas for dinner parties to casual ones but at the moment I am just craving a more casual spot to host a simple midweek dinner. I don't really have the space for one right now but these are some dining rooms that I am storing away for future inspiration...






(via unknown, anson smart, hallie burton, erik johnson,prue ruscoe, prue ruscoe)
Which do you prefer? Casual or formal?

Also hop on over to Design Lovely for a special cheap(er) chic guest post I put together for Rachel while she was away on her honeymoon!

25 comments:

down and out chic said...

i suppose i prefer casual (when things get too fancy i get nervous and can't enjoy myself). these examples are exactly what i want! saw your post at dwellings and decor...it's great!

down and out chic said...

design lovely, not dwelling and decor (whoops!)

ms. less is always more said...

I like a casual setting with touches of formality. The casual setting can make the guests feel at home and little extra touches makes it special... great rooms! Love those red chairs!

paula said...

I adore the first image. Our home is an open layout so our dining room lends itself to be more casual. It works for us though.

tanya said...

that last one in particular is just divine! I just wish I had the outdoor space for it. Hope you're having a fabulous Monday, my dear :-)

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I'm loving casual dining rooms lately. I'm in love with the one with pink and pastel color chairs! gorgeous!
xoxo

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Casual. And I love the mismatchy chairs!

Rachel said...

Very casual for me. I especially love the first and second pictures!

Miss Aimee said...

you have such great taste! Love all your posts. there are some very inspiring photos here today!

Eeli said...

Gah, I completely agree with you there is something that bit more appealing about setting a nice table, cooking a lovely banquet, pouring that red wine and having pleasant 'civilized' conversations! :)

Blueprint Bliss said...

Love the images. I would say that I prefer casual...

Emorie said...

great post!! also LOVED the post on design lovely..i will be buying those earrings on my next fantasy shopping trip!

Kotori said...

Love those red chairs in the first image, but, oh, to have a space like the 2nd one. So open to the outside.

I'm definitely all for casual... but that's probably because most of my dinner parties include children!

Marianna said...

I just loved your blog. Congratulations!
Marianna

Georgia B. said...

i prefer casual. i especially love the fourth setup! those chairs are the coolest!

you have given me a great idea! i didn't even think about the fact that i will not be able to blog while i'm Florida at the end of April. would you do me the honor of guest posting on Jorjah-B while i am away? that would be so fantastic!

i'm off to check out your guest post now.

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

i love the room with the different colour chairs, what a great & cute idea! :)

wunderbug said...

GAHD these are too, too awesome!

i love them all, but i particularly love the patio overlooking the water.

shyeah, that's my place right there.

pve design said...

love them all!

Callie Grayson said...

i prefer casual with really good food and lots of friends to chat and just have fun.

Callie Grayson said...

ps loved your post over at design lovely!!!

Melissa said...

I like a a mix of casual and formal. I love your guest post over at Design Lovely too!

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

Love the simple white table and the bentwood chairs in the second to last picture. Now I'm off to check out your guest post. I'll be guesting for Rachel on 1 May.

deborahann said...

casual, most definitely. i love the idea in 4 & 5. we're remodeling right now and those inspire me.

Courtney said...

I have an appreciation for both, although I think I tend to prefer casual. I love all of these rooms!

Marion said...

great inspirations...love all of them.