I have withheld my opinions on this until the end so you could look at the images first and form your own opinion before I insert mine! Take a look at some examples that cover a lot of styles, and then let me know your thoughts:
|Canadian House and Home 2010 Princess Margaret Show Home|
|House of Windsor|
|Nate Berkus Apartment, via Elle Decor|
|House and Home|
I can see this being a realistic solution in a smaller space, or in a bachelor pad like Nate Berkus' place where perhaps formal dinner parties aren't the norm. And, since the party is always in the kitchen, why not have dinner there too?
On the other hand I don't think I'd be fond of tripping over chairs as I buzzed around the kitchen cooking up Thanksgiving dinner! I also love the idea of a formal dining room - I guess I'm old fashioned that way.
That puts me squarely on the fence on this one!
What do you think of this idea?