(BTW, if you want to see the other rooms, go here for the master bedroom, here for the guest bedroom, here for Bella's bedroom, here for the foyer, and here for the classroom)
This first shot is a look from the dining room out to the foyer, where our buffet went to live in order to open the dining room a bit more.
This is the opposite view, with me standing in front of the buffet and looking into the dining room. It has great double french glass doors, but they stay open all the time because Bella likes running through the house. You'll also probably notice here that the table isn't centered under the chandelier. There was a lot of discussion about this on. With the table centered under the chandelier, the chairs by the china cabinet were pretty smushed and there was very little room to get by. Since we walk through that room a lot...we decided instead to center the table between the china cabinet and the far wall. It stands out like a sore thumb in photos, but it lives nicely and that's more important.
We have some nice windows in that room as well. They are sheltered by the front porch, so they don't make the room hot or anything, just open it up.
We don't mind the striped wallpaper, it's one of the more subtle ones, and given how little time we spend in there, not even close to the top of the list. The painting on the left wall there is one of my favorite though, done by Ian Greathead (his website here) on commission. You might also take note that we only have 4 chairs in there. Right now, we're using the other 4 around the table in the breakfast nook until I get around to building some benches for that table.
So there is the dining room! What do you think?