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November 5, 2014
Ah, the holiday season—a time for warm spirits, an endless stream of guests, and to put your entertaining skills to the test. If you're hosting the big meal this year and have decided to upgrade from your ramshackle table and mismatched chairs, here are a handful of dining rooms for design inspiration. Will good furniture make the spread taste better? Debatable. But it might make guests more inclined to forgive your overcooked bird if that misfortune befalls you.
ontario vacation home with cloud white dining area with custom table and carl hansen & søn pendant lamp

At the rural Ontario vacation house belonging to a pair of writers, a pendant lamp by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn hangs above a custom dining table by Cabinet. The paint is Cloud White by Benjamin Moore, and the painting, titled Meshed, is by Anna Yuschuk. (We're suckers for the paper-yarn chairs.) Keep the palette neutral with white dinnerware to complement the wood table.

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Originally appeared in Two Writers Just Enjoy the Basics
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modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus dining room table

Architect John Wardle designed this coastal house in Australia as well as its dining table, where up to ten guests can gaze out at the Southern Ocean. The solid-oak Hiroshima chairs are designed by Maruni. Niche Modern's Pod Modern pendant lamp is a close approximation to the one shown here.

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Originally appeared in 7 Houses with Striking Ocean Views
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modern netherlands 13 noordeinde schoolhouse dining room galvanized steel

In this dining room, a vintage galvanized-steel table from Dominio is paired with Eames DAR chairs and Sphere lamps by Bart Lens. The wall art, by Nan Groot Antink, depicts dyes derived from 78 Dutch plants and was found at an Utrecht museum show.

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Originally appeared in A Soaring Schoolhouse in the Netherlands is Reborn
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Design Within Reach’s Salt chairs surround a vintage Milo Baughman table within a Tribeca loft by Pulltab. The pendant is none other than Lindsey Adelman's Branching Bubbles.

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open dining room with glass doors

The Beverly Hills home designed for a musician features a table is from Blake Avenue and walnut chairs from Room & Board. “You don’t want bright colors to take away from that relationship between the interior and the exterior,” Walker says of the restrained interior. The same could be said of your meal.

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Originally appeared in Wouldn't You Like to Have Your Own Private Concerts at Home?
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Modern dining room with pine walls and silicone lampshade

An abstract painting by Michael Young complements the glow of the dining room’s pine walls. A collapsible silicone lampshade by Swedish designers Form Us With Love for Muuto hangs above a Macek Furniture Company table.

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Originally appeared in Hillside Mid-Century Home Renovation in Texas
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Vintage Scandinavian furniture Carl Jacobs Jason chairs

If you have the time to scour used furniture shops, you can furnish a dining room on a shoestring. A palette of wood, concrete, and painted brick forms a neutral backdrop for Kathryn Tyler’s vintage treasures, including a $30 dining table, $3 poster, and a set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs she snagged on eBay for $400.

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Andrew Meredith 2007
Originally appeared in An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
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Dining room interior with modern scandinavian wood table

Peter and Lynda Benoit bought their Scandinavian modern table from Klassik Living in Berkeley. “Their prices are very reason­able for the uniqueness and quality offered,” says Peter. They chose teak since it darkens nicely and naturally when exposed to sunlight—helpful since their table gets blasted by morning rays. A persian rug softens the industrial loft space in Emeryville.

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Originally appeared in Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville
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Jessica Helgerson Brooklyn brownstone dining room Benjamin Moore red turquoise paint

A quartet of red paints (Raspberry Truffle, Million Dollar Red, Vermillion, Arroyo Red), all by Benjamin Moore, make the built-in shelving in the dining area by Jessica Helgerson pop. The table is a custom design made of bookmatched walnut slabs joined by lacquered butterflies. The chairs are vintage Paul McCobb lacquered in turquoise (Benjamin Moore's Aruba Blue). The Ligne Roset Ruché sofa, designed by Inga Sempé, separates the living and dining spaces. The chandelier is by David Weeks Studio.

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Originally appeared in A Color-Drenched Brooklyn Brownstone
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village vanguard dinning room

Designer Suchi Reddy Reddy used a palette of reclaimed oak, bleached wood floors, blonde millwork, and white plaster in the renovation of a West Village apartment. An ExoFly pendant by Laurent Massaloux hangs above a custom WRK dining table surrounded by Morph side chairs by Zeitraum and a banquette covered in Glant’s Liquid Leather.

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Originally appeared in A Family-Friendly New York City Apartment
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ontario vacation home with cloud white dining area with custom table and carl hansen & søn pendant lamp

At the rural Ontario vacation house belonging to a pair of writers, a pendant lamp by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn hangs above a custom dining table by Cabinet. The paint is Cloud White by Benjamin Moore, and the painting, titled Meshed, is by Anna Yuschuk. (We're suckers for the paper-yarn chairs.) Keep the palette neutral with white dinnerware to complement the wood table.

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