Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Entertaining

Entertaining can be wonderful and stressful all at the same time. Of course everyone wants their house to reflect the look they project on their Pinterest boards, but little details like space, budget, and time get in the way. I recently saw Tobi Fairley's 5 Rules for Creating an Appetizing Dining Room, via Southern Living, which is not only helpful for Holiday entertaining, it's a year round guide to your dining room footprint. 

1. How should I hang a chandelier?
 The lowest portion should be 27 to 30 inches above the tabletop. Of course, there can always be exceptions, depending on the fixture and your ceiling height.

2. How big should a rug be in proportion to the table? 
A rug should be at least 2 feet larger than the table on every side to keep the chair legs on the rug at all times. I personally like for a rug to fill a room and be 12 to 18 inches from the wall.
The rug is a great size, the chandelier  could be bigger though.

3. How big should the table be?
 The edge of your table should be at least 3 feet from the wall or another piece of furniture to allow people to sit and stand comfortably.

4. How many chairs should I fit around a table? 
Plan for at least 2 feet of table surface for each chair. For example, a 10-foot-long table can have five chairs across and two at each end to seat 12 people.

5. How tall should dining chairs be?
 Chair seats should be 18 to 19 inches from the floor. If you want guests to linger, opt for padded, upholstered seat backs.

Love these chairs

Interview via Southern Living. 
Photos via Veranda, Design Chic, Coastal Living


  1. Hi,
    I really enjoy reading your blog and for the most part I'd consider it a job well done. However, I happened to have worked on the Coastal Living show house where the image from today's post is taken from-- the dining room with the blue and white striped dining benches. If you had seen the room in full view you would have noticed that it is one large open room with the living room connected therefore both spaces have the same overhead fixture. If a larger chandelier had been used in the dining room the same large chandelier would have had to have been used in the living room area making for a ridiculous arrangement in the living room... Below is a link to the Coastal Living video tour of the living and dining room combo.

  2. I am notorious for using ginormous chandeliers in spaces. My apartment chandelier is bigger in diameter than my dining room table! Does it make sense- no way, but I love it. The Coastal Living dining room is to die for, my comment regarding the room was basically in reference to my personal over the top love of giant light fixtures ;-)

    Thanks for the link, and thanks for checking out the blog.



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