Modern Cottage Dining Room
Tria Giovan; Styling by Rebecca Hawkins

Small Wonder

To combat space limitations in the dining room, the designer of this home opted for a smaller, round table to encourage traffic flow, (and conversation) and to make the room feel larger. Other tricks of the trade include painting opposing walls chocolate brown to make them recede, and democratizing the dining room by pairing mismatched sets of chairs. To inject a sense of glamour into your cramped quarters, read on and get the look. 

Platner Table
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The Round Table

This classic modern table designed by Warren Platner with a base of steel rod wires and simple glass top adds inimitable style and distinction to any space. Don’t let the contemporary design fool you; traditional chairs are the perfect counterpart.

Platner Table, $2,976 
Available at Design Within Reach 


Stacked Crystal Clear Block Table Lamps
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Crystal Clear

A pair of stacked crystal block lamps on the Deco buffet add just the right touch of luxe to the dining room. With the flip of a three-way switch, the precision-cut crystal and polished silver-plated hardware will really shine. 

Stacked Crystal Block Lamps, from $99 
Available at Restoration Hardware 

Three-light Antique Copper Crystal Chandelie
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Above and Beyond

For an elegant feel without too much flash, this copper-and-crystal chandelier delivers bang for the buck with a tasteful bit of bling.

Three-light Antique Copper Crystal Chandelier, $99.99 
Available at 


Queen Anne Upholstered Chairs
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Queen for a Day

Live like a royal when you dine in style on these upholstered Queen Anne armchairs. Removable seats, as well as wood stains ranging from antique honey and Charlotte Blue to Ming Red, make these chairs great investment pieces.

Queen Anne Upholstered Chair, from $249 
Available at Pottery Barn 


Concorde Medallion Panel Curtains
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Ultimate Sophistication

Oversized floral medallions on cream curtain panels are fashion plus a gentle dose of daring for the ultimate sophistication in the dining room.

Concorde Medallion Panel, from $69 
Available at Ballard Designs 


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