Forget needing eight chairs to make a dining room set complete. In this New Orleans shotgun-style home, it’s the distressed details that make this room feel as if it’s evolved over time, thanks to an antique-style bench, framed black-and-white photos and a distinctive trestle table that’s a throwback to simpler times.
The craftsmanship of this oversized, hand-hewn rustic bench is remarkable enough for a formal living room and substantial enough for a more informal space.
Basque Java 84-inch Bench, $349
Available at Crate & Barrel
The clean lines of this classic chair will never go out of style. The frames of these chairs are crafted in Italy; fabrics have been hand-chosen by Atlanta-based designer extraordinaire Suzanne Kasler.
Louis XVI Square-Back Side Chair in Twill Khaki, from $265
Available at Ballard Designs
You only need a pair of something to start a collection, so why not begin with a collection of framed black-and-white photographs? We suggest starting with the original master—work by Ansel Adams himself.
Amanti Wall Art, Pacific Vista 1966 Framed Art Print by Ansel Adams, $196
Available at Macy’s
Complete the informal look of your dining room with the rustic yet refined solid-wood trestle table. The silhouette is as charming as it is unique.
Verona Trestle Table in Mahogany, $529
Available at World Market