live | work | dine.


dwell magazine.

as i mentioned last week, i’m considering redesigning my dining room to be more multi-purpose, if you will. i don’t ‘dine’ in there as much as i should, and the space is not really being utilized to it’s maximum potential based on the size of my tiny cottage. it’s a great, sunny room where i think i would feel very productive, rather than curled up on my sofa with my laptop. i’ve been wanting to get off my macbook pro mouse pad and onto using a wacom tablet, too, so in order to do that i need to be at a desk of some sort — i.e. my dining room table. so, i’m looking around for dining space inspiration that can also easily be transitioned and used as home office as well. the beauty of a laptop is it’s ability to disappear right at dinner time, so i feel as though any one of these simply decorated dining rooms would flip flop pretty much at a moment’s notice.


sköna hem.


clockwise, l to r: SEES by Sanni; home of ATWTP’s Tanja Vibe via house & hold; karina tengberg for bolig; Frederikke Heiberg for Danish Alt for damerne; coastal living; alice flynn’s home office; elle decoration uk.


home of ATWTP’s Tanja Vibe via house & hold.


raw studios, via home designing.



8 Responses to “live | work | dine.”
  1. Danielle says:

    Love all these rooms.

    My dining room table is my home office out of necessity (studio living) but I look forward to the day when I can more mindfully design the transitional space. I’m sure you’re going to do a fab job with yours!

  2. this is wonderful! i have an actual dining room in our rental {a new change from our old apartments} but you’re right, we don’t utilize it as much as we should. definitely saving these photos for inspiration!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  3. very pretty examples!
    we don’t have a dining room, but a working-crafting-music-guestroom instead, which is pretty great, too :)

  4. Ferren says:

    I grew up with formal living rooms and dining rooms and now that I’m in my own flat, I think it’s such a waste of good space! Good for you for doing something with yours :)

  5. Carla says:

    Perfect timing! We have a small house for the four of us (under 750 sq ft) consisting of two bedrooms with a mostly open kitchen and dining area. I have been working on ways to make better use of what space we have and think using the dining area more as a library and work space that can also be used for eating is the way to go. Thanks for the additional inspiration!

  6. sitting at my dining room table as I write this, with the dulcet tones of the washing machine not far off (the joys of open plan living!) but it works for me.

  7. What an amazing place to live and work. I love the feeling of space and clean lines. I’m not sure it would work with my two children though

  8. Thanks for this – I work from home and currently use my kitchen room table as my desk and home office. For the time being, I just bring my laptop, mouse, calendar, etc into the kitchen and “set up” at the start of each day, but I’d love to know if you find any great tools that could help to make it feel more like an ‘office’ as that’s something I struggle with. Please let us know!

    Thanks once more – great post!

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