The kids are back to school, the air has a bit of chill in the morning and I am starting to see some color on the leaves. So it is only right that I should see the overflow of magazines in the mail all with beautiful warm settings for welcoming friends and family to gather around and take part in the Harvest Bounty. There are candle lit tables, jack-o-lanterns and lots and lots of cooking being discussed in these product magazines and on line. It is no accident that this is the retail season for Tables and Table Settings when it comes what is on the shelves in the stores right now. Fall is Celebrating the Harvest with Cooking, Dining Room Sets and Table Settings.
|NYC Upper East Side Dining Room by Clawson Architects|
So some tips for the Season and what will fit….
Table Sizes and Shapes & Other Things Considered:
|The Chair backs are high and the ceiling is low in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright centering the attention in on the Table and the conversations.|
The smallest dining room size of any use is:
12 feet by 12 feet and will accommodate six nicely and eight if your friends and the table expands.
To insure good conversation and easy passing, tables that are rectangular in shape and about 36” wide work the best.
Round tables are great especially if you are into being equal as there is no “Head” of the table. A 48 inch round table seats six. A 60 inch round table seats eight to ten depending on the style of the chairs used. The bigger the round table and depending on how that table expands, the more you may want to consider a “lazy susan” for the center of the table or setting a buffet. If the table becomes an oblong shape you can typically squeeze folks a little closer around the end as the “head” of the table is not as predominate.
|This Dining Room was designed by Clawson Architects with flexibility in mind. See one of the alternate entertainment setting below (White Table Cloth)|
Lighting really sets the tone. If you are installing an overhead fixture consider the following:
|The Multiple lights hung closer to the ceiling gives the room more flexibility for entertaining|
Candles are a great way to set light, decorate and add glamour to any event. Using glass chimneys to them will keep them a little safer …just keep in mind that with all the cooking, entertaining with candles and a fires in the fireplace it is no accident that the National Fire Protection Association has made the Fall "Fire Prevention Awareness Season"….humm.
Enjoy the season and the feasts and channel your best Martha whether you are the host or the guest.
For more guidelines and considerations about buying wood dining room tables check out the Amish Direct Furniture web site. They offer diagrams and information about the construction of quality furniture and even more things to consider.
Now I need to get back to work helping clients with those final details on their newly designed Clawson Kitchen as they have all graciously offered to host their Family's Holidays.
....oh! one more thing ...change your batteries in your smoke detectors!!! actually two and keep those gutters clear oh wait...and have your chimney cleaned so you are ready for the cold.