Retro kitchen and dining nook. This small eating nook would work well in a house with midcentury aspirations. It's plain and simple but has been well decorated with a set of shelves that also acts as a divider. The wall map is a retro classroom touch that can encourage guests to share after‐dinner stories of their world travels. Decorating the area with fun travel posters from faraway places can also encourage the exchange of personal travel stories and tips for future adventures.
Different chairs same upholstery. Unify a group of lovely chairs old or new by having them re‐covered in the same fabric. In the dining room featured here three different pairs of chairs were all covered in similar fabric to create a "set".
Garden fresh. Children's colorful artwork has been framed and hung to personalize this charming nook. This is a great idea for families especially when a kitchen nook is also used as a homework and craft center. Installing a small U‐shaped nook is a clever way to divide a kitchen with a generous expanse of floor. Take advantage of the extra room and install a nook big enough to accommodate plenty of dinner party guests.
Rough hewn. This industrial‐style dining arrangement is easy to copy. Find a wood trestle table and some midcentury modern chairs and fit them into a small area of your home preferably with a window view. The tight space and brick and plaster walls give the dining area a congenial air.
Mod seating and fairy‐tale pendant light. Sleek smooth mod plastic chairs create a dynamic counterpoint to an intricate whimsical pendant light here. Sticking with white for the chairs and light fixture keeps this kitchen (with its pink cabinets) from veering into too‐sweet territory.
Problem‐solve with a versatile shape. Ovals are the new oblongs. Similar to a rectangular dining table the oval dining table is elongated to work in a narrow room but visually seems to occupy less space because of its rounded corners. Oval tables also have the benefits of a round table in that they provide a cozy and intimate setting but can usually seat more people.
Geometric play. This small dining nook was designed by Kimball Starr Interior Design in San Francisco. Starr says her clients wanted the area off the kitchen to be used as an activity nook for playing board games with friends; she added a touch of grown‐up glamour with impressive geometric pendants and a custom banquette upholstered in a playful fabric.
Upholstered chairs at the ends. This is perhaps the most popular way to shake up a set and with good reason – it nearly always looks great. Choose matching side chairs for the long sides and put matching upholstered armchairs at the ends.