Who says a dining room has to be formal and fussy? We love the comfortable, informal feel of this room from the 2006 Cooking Light Fit House at Serenbe in Palmetto, Georgia. Perhaps its most endearing feature: Unexpected touches reign supreme, from upholstered host and hostess chairs to a rug underfoot.
The focal point of this dining room is the dark curio cabinet, which provides ample storage space—including five adjustable glass shelves—for treasured collections such as glassware, figurines, or china. The white panels create a crisp blank canvas—the perfect backdrop for allowing your collectables to shine.
Elizabeth Curio Cabinet, $1,399
Available at Neiman Marcus
This bronze, five-light chandelier boasts great graphic sensibilities without overwhelming the eyes. We love this example for its soft, romantic glow and minimalist silhouette.
Antique Bronze 5-Light Chandelier, $185
Available at Home Depot
This fresh take on a Windsor chair includes an antiqued licorice finish. The heirloom-quality silhouette looks equally at home as a grouping in the dining area as it would in an office or library.
Antique Black Windsor Dining Chair, $139.99
Available at Target
Who says a dining room has to be formal and fussy? Upholstered host and hostess chairs are a great way to add distinction to your dining space. Even better, these examples have the added bonus of machine-washable slipcovers.
Henriksdal Armchair, $99.99
Available at IKEA
The streamlined, unassuming profile of this rectangular dining table has just a soft enough, homey finish to blend in with the darker accents in this room, which include a black curio cabinet and high-back wooden chairs.
Montego Straight-leg Rectangular Table, $1,669
Available at Pottery Barn