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Formal Dining Rooms - Is Yours A Shrine?

Formal Dining Rooms - Is Yours A Shrine?

I was just watching a TV show of The Marriage Ref with Jerry Seinfeld and one of the arguments was over the use of the formal dining room table.

In the clip: The wife only wanted it used on Thanksgiving and the husband felt it could be used for poker games and casual use.

This formal dining room table was completely set up with the china, silver goblets and gather dust, skin cells, dog dander and whatever else might float by and land there all 364 days of the year. At least till time to fill the plates with food and pour ice tea in the goblets.

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So I'm wondering. How are you using your formal dining room? In Lexington KY, I've seen them both ways. dressed and undressed.

A few come to mind that even had yellowed plastic covering the chair seats and backs!

I'm using my dining room table for every day. I entertain there, have meetings, it's my staging area before I carry everything out the door to meet with clients, etc.

I like to use all my formal things for every day.

Like making each day special.

We might not be here tomorrow, so I want to be able to use the good stuff today.

This example is of my table right before Christmas dinner was served. It usually does not have the plates and mats. Only a center bowl.

No...the chandelier doesn't usually stay decorated all year either. I recover the chair seats when I change decor in the room too.

I suppose it looks good in a staged home for sale, but everything needs to stay clean ...minus the dust.

What do you say? Is the formal dining room in your home a shrine?

This is up for a vote...  

....and your best argument over why your formal dining room

is staying pristine until Thanksgiving. 

You can add your photo also to make your point.


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Comment balloon 19 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • March 05 2010 07:04PM


I say use it regularly for your family.  You can still add your special touches for company.

Posted by Nancy Timberlake, REALTOR - Southern Maine (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 9 years ago

Well, s Shrine.... My 9 years old use my formal dining roomt o play his piano (keyboard)

Posted by Indera Coggins (Re/Max 100) about 9 years ago

Lizette - I don't have a formal dining table, I have a pool table in it's place, which never collects dust and get's a lot more use than a formal dining table ever would.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

I don't use mine that much,  because I can't cook for one thing!   But I do enjoy my dining room very much,  my favorite room actually.        One of the few times it was used in 09,  Thanksgiving!

Posted by Connie King about 9 years ago

Growing up our formal dining room was off limits, as was the formal living room. We used both only for holidays. I actually was making fun of my mom for this this morning and my son reminded me that our living room is the same way! Why as we get older do we become our mothers? I always swore I would NEVER be like that I think about it, it is a really good thing. My mom is a wonderful woman!

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) about 9 years ago

Liz, Interesting question.  I have mine not set up for dinner (except when we're having dinner in there) but just set up to look nice....neither a shrine or a place to dine without setting the table.

People gravitate to the kitchen in my house no matter where I try to put them :)  Must be more "homey" in there.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 9 years ago

I think we can do away with formal dining rooms in most homes today. They are just not practical and generally just sit unused. I think the space could better serve the homeowner in other ways.

Posted by John Thomas, EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA (E3 Green HOMES) about 9 years ago

I have some buyers right now who have specifically stated that they really donot need nor want a formal dining room or living room at all - rather have more family room or open space.  No concerns about theirs becoming a shrine.  Like the pool table option.

Posted by David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) about 9 years ago

As soon as I read this I thought - she had to have watched the marriage ref last night. I thought it was great and way too many people create shrines in their life - if you own it enjoy it - creepy living space shrines are so 1985 ;-)

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 9 years ago

I'm not against any formal dining rooms, but I prefer something modern and well for these ones people will agree with formal, oohh well, anyway I agree with your blog !

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 9 years ago

Liz,  I use my formal dining room to fold my laundry.  Very convenient.

Posted by Kari Battaglia, PA, Selling Florida Gulf Coast Lifestyle (Keller Williams Realty Gold) about 9 years ago

Liz, I use my for special occassions, birthdays of the kids, Christmas, Thanksgiving and when we have company over. But, most of the time as soon as the meal is over, everyone goes back to the family room.

I keep it looking nice but if we ever move, I am not interested in having one anymore.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 9 years ago

Liz, I take it that you run your brokerage from your home...Back to the topic at hand, we don't use our dining room very much...We intend too, but end up around our kitchen table most often...Cherise

Posted by Cherise Selley, Colorado Springs Realtor (Selley Group Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago


Easy for me. I do not have one. More of a large living room with a kitchen nook.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

I subscribed to this blog. It better entertain me ;-)

Posted by Andrew J. Lenza (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Lizette - We use our Dining Room Table for special ocassions mostly. There are times that we eat there if we have our other table set up with a school project or something. Its not all set up though. Its a clean table until we set it up when company is coming over.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 9 years ago

Mine is a dumping ground. It's where the mail goes, paid bills are thrown in a pile, CDs are turning themselves into little mountains, jackets are hung over chairs instead of in the closet. If I want my husband to clean off his stuff, I have to threaten to have a dinner party. But then I have to actually invite some people over, and that's too much work so it stays a mess.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 9 years ago

A room should be used, why have it if you are not using it.  I liked Michelle Gibson's comment that she has a pool table there.  I did see a special with 50 Cent and his Mansion;  he admitted that he did not every use his dinning room with an $80,000 chandelier.  To each their own.

Posted by Stuart Berman (Ben Kona) about 9 years ago

I do not have a Formal Dining Room so to speak, I have a huge kitchen with a Large table that doesn't get used unless I am cooking for the Children and Grandchildren.  With it just being me and my husband, We don't cook big meals, we have Toast and coffee in morning, salad or baked potato at night and of course in our Lazy Boys in the Family Room!!


Posted by Barbara Flannery, "Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky" (USA Realty,Inc.) about 9 years ago

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