this is where the "magic" happens:
i wish i had more counter space, as most of that extra room down by the fridge is now occupied by cookbooks and various appliances, like our toaster and our juicer, as well as a cutting board, etc. we have now hung on the wall under the cupboard a rack to hang my cooking utensils on, and installed lights over the sink so dan can do dishes in the evenings, because he is my hero.
all in all, not too shabby for a brooklyn kitchen. (we can even see the empire state building from the window by the sink.)
this is where i should serve dinner:
but rarely do, because as you can see, it is not a very delightful room. it is the middle room in the apartmment, so there is no natural light.
i have just recently hung a pakistani quilt my mother-in-law gave me for christmas on the wall behind the table, and it looks beautiful there, but we still have some work to do before it becomes the dining room of my dreams. and i don't think it'll happen while we are living here.
so, this is where i usually serve meals:
(and by serve, i mean unpack the bags of chinese food we delivered.)
(pictures taken at different times, in case you're curious about the varied decorations.)
and we eat on the coffee table...
...while watching a movie on our new tv.
and sometimes, dan is lucky enough to come home to this:
(with morningstar farms burgers on his plate, and turkey burgers on mine.)
it's small, but it's ours.