Carefully chosen accessories and art stand out against the dining room’s simple ripple-fold curtains and pale walls.
A vintage chandelier appears frozen in air above the breakfast room table. The mirrored alcove separates the nook from the kitchen and provides another spot for decorative objects.
Nailhead trim on the upholstered dining chairs and Conrad handwoven shades at the windows introduce an extra layer of subtle texture.
The comfortable everyday dining area just off the kitchen has sunny backyard views on two sides.
A pair of spider-like ceiling lamps that can be reconfigured to shed light where it’s most needed illuminates the raised island, which steps down to meet the wood-and-metal dining table.
Lindsey Adelman’s Agnes chandelier hovers above the B&B Italia chairs and dining table.
A built-in wet bar adds versatility to the breakfast nook.
Stripping, painting, and reupholstering the dining room chairs lent the beautiful but staid mahogany dining set a whole new look.
Designed by Tress-Balsbaugh, the Caesarstone-topped dining table creates a quiet focal point in an otherwise ornate room. The glitter of the original crystal chandelier is likewise subdued with a shade by Blanche Field.
A collection of pendants hung at various heights descends from the twenty-two-foot ceiling to illuminate the dining room. The owner’s Colonial-style chairs are just unfussy enough to play well with the home’s crisp, modernistic design.
Designer Phoebe Lovejoy Russell brought modern art and a contemporary light fixture into the airy dining room to balance traditional furnishings. The painting’s colors echo the room’s palette, while the candlesticks and striking chandelier are in step with Russell’s penchant for brass.
White vases in an array of interesting shapes lighten the dark table and add a spark of freshness.
A small built-in desk of cerused oak adjacent to the sunny breakfast area ties in with the color of the Bungalow 5 dining chairs ringing the marble-topped table.
A prized woodcut by Jim Dine was given a place of honor.
A bump-out in the kitchen makes the perfect spot for a sheltered family hangout. The banquette makes the most of the compact space, and the chairs and table lend a modern note.
The dining room, with its graphic rug and X-based table, is an example of what the designer calls “casual, urban chic.”
The designer used ivory leather to re-cover the vintage chairs that surround the breakfast room’s table from Axel Vervoordt in Belgium.
The custom dining table is made from reclaimed American walnut. Below: In the study, de Santaren teams a desk of his design with a vintage Dunbar chair he nabbed on 1stdibs.
The dining room’s velvet-covered wing chairs provide a luxe counterpoint to the vintage violin maker’s table and textural pendant light.
An upholstered banquette and cafe chairs surround the breakfast area’s Saarinen table. Comfy cowhide-covered swivel chairs fill the sitting space off the kitchen.
A sculpture by New York artist Jeremy Holmes makes a statement on the custom wallpaper that wraps the elegant formal dining space.
The dining area can accommodate a crowd.
Elegance meets rusticity in the dining room, where a dramatic chandelier hangs above a live-edge walnut table.
The windows in the light-washed breakfast area, like those in most of the house, are left bare to forge an indoor-outdoor connection.
Wicker seating and a custom sideboard featuring panels made of birch rounds introduce an organic element into the dining room.
The dining area features a dining table from Restoration Hardware and Windsor chairs from D.R. Dimes.
Iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs ring the dining table.
Above the table, the outline of a polished nickel chandelier from Circa Lighting brings to mind a sailboat’s rigging and the motion of waves.
Chairs upholstered in a Jane Churchill print liven up the white milk-paint dining table from Circa Antiques.
Designer Richard Hallberg used two tables in the dining room to accommodate large or small gatherings; the woven rope patio chairs can be used indoors or out.
The sophisticated walnut dining room table sports a hand-planed top and rustic carved bases—a fetching contrast to the hearth’s edited frame. The living room’s vintage black barley twist writing table was among the first purchases made for the home.
The breakfast area is open to the kitchen and living room, which allows family members to engage in different activities and still be together; the framed commemorative scarf is a memento of one of the numerous Newport to Bermuda races the husband has sailed.
The indoor/outdoor dining table, wicker chairs, and cushions were chosen for their easy care and relaxed style. An open floor plan creates a casual atmosphere and allows for more light.
In the dining room, Favreau contrasted a black granite table with midcentury retro chairs upholstered in a cocoa-colored tweed.
A twentieth-century Rockport School painting marks the entrance to the pantry.
Like much of the house, the bright, airy dining room is designed with invitingly neutral colors that, rather than compete with nature, invite it in.
The commode next to the kitchen banquette doubles as a bed for the owners’ Brussels Griffon.
A Ralph Lauren chandelier fitted with Edison bulbs illuminates breakfast chairs covered in hand-rubbed silver foil and matching laser-cut leather.
Mismatched chairs from Theodore Alexander surround a David Michael table in the dining room. “I don’t like cookie-cutter chairs,” Burke says. “I like to mix and match.
Nancy’s favorite wall color, Farrow & Ball’s Dix Blue, was the starting point for the home’s palette of blues and whites. The dining room’s pristine white walls get a warm boost from the antique chestnut that replaced the pine floors.
Bamboo pieces enliven the dining room’s pine dresser, which doubles as a bar
French doors lead from the living room to the dining room where a warm blend of colors creates a welcoming atmosphere, especially in the evening, the designer explains.
The kitchen table, grounded by a classic checkerboard floor, is surrounded with chairs from Crate & Barrel and Serena & Lily.
The silvery wall piece is by Providence artist Allison Paschke. An abstract painting by Michael Rich commands the dining end of the open living area.
The family room reflects the spare aesthetic of the parlors, but in a more casual way. In the adjacent dining area, vintage leather chairs surround a sleek white table.
In the breakfast area, a glass-top table in a white-gold finish is a subtle nod to nature.
Propane-fueled tabletop fireplaces play off the birch wall sculptures and take the place of candles in the chic dining room.
Surrounded by nature on three sides, the breakfast room creates the illusion of dining outdoors.
The dining room was furnished around the eleven-foot-long nineteenth- century convent table found in a shop in Pennsylvania. The Oushak rug is an antique, and the vintage dining chairs came from the homeowner’s grandmother’s home in Mississippi.
A gleaming tortoise shell atop an heirloom chest creates an eye-catching contrast in the dining room. “I love having a chest in the dining room for storing table linens,” says the designer. The silver candlesticks belonged to her grandmother.
The kitchen’s broad, granite-topped island provides plenty of space to cook and entertain.
A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterfly-print pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area.
The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.
Designer Andrew J. Paraskos let the view take the starring role in the family room, complementing it with furniture in sandy neutrals and grounding it with a textured rug that has a horizontal pattern to echo the transoms and subtle colors that speak to the water.
The expansive new kitchen has double Caesarstone-topped islands. Rift- and quarter-sawn oak cabinets are a modern interpretation of the Shaker style.
The kitchen’s breakfast area is a sun-washed niche with a wraparound banquette that looks out across the front yard.
Goff designed a sliding barn door that lets the homeowners close off the dining room from the kitchen.
The breakfast niche’s walnut table is a delicious contrast to the oak floors, and with a custom banquette and upholstered chairs from Hickory Chair, the setting is as comfortable as it is stylish.
An oil-rubbed bronze Salgado Saucier chandelier lends charm, without too much formality, to the dining room. The shapely chairs by Artistic Frame wear a family-friendly outdoor fabric by Holly Hunt.
Dark and light make fine companions in the breakfast area, where seating outfitted in a mix of pale fabrics comes together around a custom table illuminated by a two-tier ring chandelier.
In the dining room, Griffin Balsbaugh took her cue from the domed ceiling, choosing furniture and accessories that echo its form, drawing the eye downward and around the room.
A mix of textures and materials—silk, linen, and velvet fabrics, shiny metals and glass—energizes the pale color scheme and injects a glamorous note.
A Gucci scarf framed like a piece of art came from Perkins’s childhood home.
Color, pattern, and texture create drama in the dining room, where
the ceiling wears a watery-blue, high-gloss paint and the walls are covered in a printed paper from Cowtan & Tout.
Interior designer Sara Jordan made sure that her family-friendly choices in the dining room and kitchen were in sync with the breakfast table and chairs that moved in with the family.
Comfortable, durable seating was of paramount importance to the homeowners, who have three young children.
A modern bistro set and a sunny window seat add a splash of fun to the kitchen area.
The dining room fulfills the owners’ wish for a space that seats their large extended family without being too formal.
Architect Nancy Leslie devised a sightline that races from the front door through the dining room and out to the view. The Dana Creath lanterns above the table “create the feeling of sheltering umbrellas,” says Pelissier.
The glass chandelier seems to float above the dining table.
Woven-backed Gustavian chairs and a French limestone floor give the space a garden-like feel.
A fun mix of seating around the table gives the breakfast area its relaxed feeling.
The homeowners chose a reclaimed wood table built in Ohio for the dining room, which sits just beyond the living room and opens to the backyard; interior designer John Murphy surrounded the table with a mix of upholstered and Windsor chairs to lend extra interest.
Deep blue walls and a barrel-vaulted ceiling with shimmering silver paint bring drama to the dining room.
Copper-toned chair cushions accent the neutral color scheme in the casual dining area.
The thick turned legs of the dining table reflect some of the homeâ’s heavier architecture details.
The large dining table, which offers plenty of seating for family and friends, came with the owners from their previous house.
The dining room includes an antique mahogany sideboard.
A built-in cabinet finished to mimic an antique anchors the dining room.
A luxe William Morris wallcovering is a surefire dinner party conversation-starter.
The tile-floored kitchen includes a breakfast table topped with a Sally Aldrich bird sculpture and surrounded by antique upholstered chairs. One light-filled area holds a streamlined work surface and a modern West Elm desk chair.
The flamboyantly luxurious dining room features a painted ceiling with a mirror effect and a sideboard faux-painted to resemble a Tibetan chest.
The breakfast room’s custom table combines a stained white-oak top with an industrial-inspired steel base. The colorful art, which couldn’t be a better fit for the orange-and-purple theme, also graced the owner’s previous home.
Interior designer Lauren Muse -collaborated with Michelle -Brunwasser of Weber Fine Art Greenwich to help the owners find works that would please them visually and suit their decor, such as the dining room’s lively painting by Judith Kruger.
The big dining table is a copy of the one in the old rental house.
The wife’s office area is part of the master suite.
Simple tile and clean whites make for a fuss-free master bath that doesnât skimp on luxury.
The master bedroom’s open bookshelves hold an array of Nantucket baskets, some of which the homeowner made.
The table has an end drawer for storing linens.
A reproduction lace-maker’s table holds summer’s bounty. Sconces set into painted wood beams add ambience in the evening.
In the dining room, a Hubbardton Forge light fixture has simple linear lines, and the chairs keep a low profile, so as not to block through-views.
The dining room’s antique farm table is large enough to accommodate family and visiting friends. When illuminated, the sculptural wooden light fixture casts art-like shadows across the room. During daylight hours, large windows let in an abundance of natural light.
Most of the furnishings in both houses were collected over time, some from previous residences, others from catalogs, says interior designer Barbara Lazarus.
Light gray floors—a riff on driftwood—knit kitchen, dining area, and living room together while boosting the home’s airiness.
In the dining room, an antique mirror and twin sconces draw the eye to the cerused-oak sideboard.
Cassina leather Göteborg chairs and a Ralph Pucci walnut and glazed-ceramic breakfast table create a comfortable breakfast nook that is set into a light-filled alcove window.
Dinner parties are more fun in a dining room that is a conversation starter in and of itself. The modern plum-blossom pattern of the De Gournay wallpaper adds a splash of color.
Sheer drum shades update the crystal chandeliers and soften their glow.
A stunning mirror from Donghia and a Murano-glass chandelier add sparkle to the gleaming paneling of the dining room’s walls and ceiling. The antique sideboard hails from Alexander Westerhoff in Essex, Massachusetts. "These aren’t wide rooms. The sideboard is a perfect size," Carter notes. Velvet drapes and distressed-velvet dining chairs ramp up the luxe factor.
The antique sideboard hails from Alexander Westerhoff in Essex, Massachusetts. "These aren’t wide rooms. The sideboard is a perfect size," Carter notes. Velvet drapes and distressed-velvet dining chairs ramp up the luxe factor.
The dining room features a painting by Woodstock, Vermont, artist Glenn Suokko.
A chandelier from Bella Figura lends a more formal touch to the dining room.
Hammered-gold wallpaper on the ceiling of the dining area adds texture and warmth to the room without being glitzy.
A painting by Michael Hoffman adds a spark of color to the dining area.
Scalo designed the striking chandelier of iron and quartz that hangs in the breakfast area.
The dining room’s leather-upholstered seats are favorites with Scalo, who labels them her "Prada chairs, since they’re sexy like high heels."
The dramatic ikat curtain fabric provided the starting point for the decor in the kitchen and casual dining area.
The palette moves subtly from soft blues elsewhere to soft violets in the dining room.
A Robert Motherwell lithograph hangs above the Nakashima sideboard.
The dining table, which expands to seat two dozen, has an apron of gold coral onyx embellished with metal filigree in an echo of the entry stair.
The dining table, which expands to seat two dozen, has an apron of gold coral onyx embellished with metal filigree in an echo of the entry stair.
The dining room is a gracious setting for more formal occasions.
Antique bell jar lamps above the dining table hold candles whose light is romantically reflected in a sheet of antique glass set into the dining table top.
The designer uses color judiciously, opting for a kitchen with clean lines and a subtle palette.
Dining chairs echo the kitchen’s red-hot hue.
A shimmery silk from Robert Thompson covers the dining chairs, playing off bold bluesâincluding a glossy InterlÃ¼bke sideboardâin the dining room. A crystal Schonbeck pendant light gleams above the table.
The dining room sounds a contemporary note with its sculptural dining chairs surrounding a walnut dining table that sports an inset center strip of glass. A Ligne Roset sideboard makes a handsome companion, and a custom Tibetan rug from Williston Weaves brings texture to the room.
Vibrant art and a Design Within Reach ceiling light set the dining room.
Designer Charlotte Barnes outfitted the dining room in an array of styles, anchoring the space with a timeless antique birds-eye maple table, then adding mid-twentieth-century chairs and a Crate & Barrel sideboard. A vibrant, Caribbean-inspired painting, purchased locally by the homeowners, adds a relaxed feel.
Her clients questioned the idea of a round table in a sunny niche in the living room, the designer recalls. No surprise-it’s become favorite spot to check emails or work on a jigsaw puzzle.
The dining chairs’ hand-screened Galbraith & Paul fabric picks up the tangerine hue on the walls. The primitive elephant painting is from Nantucket Looms.
The dining area’s decor incorporates a stalwart lantern by Formations and a pair of antique chests.
For a striking dining room contrast, the designer teamed a pale Steven King rug with a dark David Iatesta table.
Refinished chairs surround a glass-topped game table on a reclaimed wood base in the living room.
In the dining room, a fireplace and chimney were removed to open up the space and create a niche to highlight a favorite painting. The round raised ceiling, table and rug add visual interest and ease of movement in this hub of the house.
The dining room feels like an indoor/outdoor space with its wide screen wall. Above the reclaimed wood table, hand-blown glass orbs give off an earthy amber glow.
A zinc-top dining table is complemented by a whimsical lighting fixture and light-hearted prints on the chairs.
An artful bronze-base table and a Baccarat chandelier lend drama to the breakfast area, where clerestory windows pull in additional light.
The breakfast nook sounds a wake-up call with walls of tequila lime, a geometric-patterned rug and vivid toss pillows.
The dining room’s existing built-ins were given new hardware and painted teal, and now hold designer/homeowner Denise Davies’s collection of midcentury pottery and art books.
David Hicks wallpaper sets the mood in the dining room, where, instead of a chandelier, a "hair-dryer" lamp illuminates the vintage table that sits on hide rugs.
With French doors open, meals in the dining room take on an alfresco flair.
The breakfast area takes in views of a terrace built with stone salvaged from the site.
Even the breakfast nook is elegant; a curved banquette in the bay window mirrors the cove ceiling, while wicker chairs dial down the formality of the space.
Lewis uses her collections of creamware and art to create interesting compositions throughout her home.
The walls of the narrow dining room are clad in Travers fabric.
Formal dining takes place at the room’s opposite end.
Graphic Quadrille fabric lends a modern punch to the traditional dining chairs.
Blues of every hue prevail throughout the classic home. Though formal, the dining room and living room (facing page), are not off-limits to the homeowners’ three small children, thanks to sisal rugs, durable casegoods, and forgiving fabrics; a mix of three-including faux leather-adorn the dining chairs.
The breakfast area gets its energy from the large-scale pattern of the York wallpaper and the playful zebra stripes on the chairs.
Grasscloth with a metallic thread picks up the shine of the dining room’s mercury-glass Regina Andrew lamps
The ultra-modern kitchen has concrete counters and stainless-steel-faced drawers.
A custom-designed table anchors the breakfast room.
Pleated linen fabric on the walls and a silvery metallic ceiling spell drama for the dining room.
A curvaceous, hand-crafted dining table offsets the straight lines of the architecture.
The designer’s flair for glamour is on full display in the dining room with its gilded ceiling, velvet chairs, and deep aubergine walls.
Silk drapes add extra warmth to the dining room and help frame views of the adjacent preserve.
A live-edge walnut slab on Plexiglass legs forms the dining table, from Hudson Furniture.
An oval table and light fixture are fluid counterpoints to the dining banquette’s regimented, contrast-welt grid.
The tufted banquette was added, giving the couple a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the views from the dining room.
The dining room’s dark walls "make things pop," explains the designer.
The Michael Taylor dining table sits atop a stone base.
A custom table by D2 Interieurs holds sculptural pieces in the dining room, which Kerri sometimes uses for client meetings.
The dining room exemplifies designer Marc Langlois’s suggestion for a transitional decorating plan.
Chiappone gave the dining room a casual, beachy feel with a floral-inspired chandelier from Roost, painted bamboo chairs, and a sisal rug.
A built-in banquette in white matte lacquer gives the dining area a casual, restaurant-style feel.
Metal chairs from Design Within Reach surround an intimate breakfast area in the kitchen.
A rustic table from Parc Monceau looks right at home against the bold wall color choice the homeowner made.
The conservatory acts as a breakfast room and an everyday entrance. Radiant heat beneath the brick floors keeps it cozy even on a snowy day.
Local artist Josa Weatherwax stenciled and painted the dining room’s celestial-blue walls.
Designer James Radin conceived a dressy and sexy dining room by taking a modern approach to traditional techniques, such as light-gray upholstered walls banded in dark gray silk velvet.
A Blanche Field chandelier and classic Windsor chairs sound traditional notes in the dining room.
A wallcovering from the Phillip Jeffries Rivets collection clothes the dining room walls, where the palette of nature-inspired colors reflects the rocky coast outside.
Sliding glass doors between the breakfast room and an office let light flow through the house.
Antique chairs surround a custom table that expands with pie-shaped leaves to seat the homeowners’ extended family.
William and Mary-style chairs encircle the table in the dining room, where a collection of Blue Willow china purchased on eBay adds a colorful punch to the antique hutch.
An adjustable iron cafe table from Anthropologie cozies up to the banquette.
The breakfast area’s chandelier sports a wrought-iron chain that speaks to the barn door’s hardware. A comfortable leather sofa offers an additional spot for relaxing.
A galaxy of star lights gives the dining room a celebratory air. "Dinner parties last two hours longer than they used to," says the wife.
Open to the kitchen, the breakfast room also connects to a morning room overlooking the ocean.
The breakfast room is dressed smartly with Guy Chaddock chairs and a Vaughan chandelier.
The dining room area bridges the space between the living room and the kitchen.
The dining room wallpaper offers a bit of whimsy for an unexpected touch.
Skok paired the antique dining table, a holdover from the Battats’ Needham house, with classic Greek klismos chairs.
Hand-blown vases from Sea Wicks in Damariscotta, Maine, take the place of a flowery centerpiece on the dining table. The dining chairs and benches were a local find, too.
Texture reigns in the dining room, where grasscloth walls and chairs outfitted in plum-colored wool surround a table that can seat up to twenty.
A Moroccan silk shag rug and black-and-silver wallpaper strike a sumptuous tone in the dining room, where a David Weeks chandelier illuminates a round walnut table.
Much of the custom woodwork, including the dining table, was crafted by Massachusetts artisan Thomas Sippel.
The breakfast area off the kitchen is a study in white and the palest of blues.
Cozy and intimate as the breakfast nook is, the banquette can accommodate up to twelve people.
Simple draperies let the dining room’s shimmery wallpaper take center stage.
An antique column is one of two Stefanon installed to set the breakfast area apart.
Mix-and-match Chippendale-style and upholstered chairs in the dining room are one way interior designer John Stefanon keeps spaces fresh.
Susie’s favorite shade-orange-adds a zesty note to a sitting nook at one end of the kitchen.
In a play on the traditional mirror above the mantel, designer Karen Bow hung three deep-framed mirrors. An iron-based table with a salvaged wood top is a rustic counterpoint to the contemporary rug.
A breakfast area off the kitchen makes the first meal of the day special, with upholstered wall details and a massive lantern above a custom table.
The delicacy of the antique Charles Winston chandelier and gold-leafed ceiling balance pine walls and cabinetry in the dining room.
The breakfast area sports a live-edge table from Dennis Miller and a branch chandelier from Paul Ferrante.
A hand-blown glass chandelier by John Pomp lends drama to the dining area. In the adjoining living room, a Matrix coffee table from Cliff Young Ltd. delivers a visual punch.
The crystal chandelier, a family heirloom, was the starting point for the dining room. Pale-gray grasscloth makes a modern juxtaposition with the wainscoting.
To neutralize the dining room’s flawed walls, the Battles painted it a unifying deep red. They installed a wood stove in the fireplace that was once used for cooking.
Although small in scale, the dining table can still comfortably seat six for a dinner party.
The sight line from the front door, through the dining room, and out to the sea is breathtaking. Designer Susan Reddick smartly played to the scenery with Lee Jofa linen drapes, a blue Stark carpet, and dining chairs clad in Brunshwig & Fils Oxford blue chenille.
Bright navy lacquer on the dining chairs and a blue-and-white Ralph Lauren wallpaper lend a playful look to the dining room.
A built-in breakfast seat secures a front-row view to the morning workings of the harbor.
A sky-blue ceiling reinforces the dining area’s connection to the outdoors.
The kitchen opens to the dining room, where slipcovered chairs soften a streamlined glass-topped table.
In a corner of the great room, punches of black and white prove that opposites do, indeed, attract. The minimalist bar cabinet, black lacquered game table, and bold, graphic art fit the homeowners’ request that designer John Stefanon keep things simple, but statement-making.