Dining Room


Now that we have a larger dwelling, we’ll definitely be entertaining more often here at the Brown abode (once the kitchen is done). However, at the moment, we only have dining room seating for four people. Seeing as how there are typically about 12 people at my family’s gatherings, a four-person table just isn’t going to cut it. Therefore, we are officially on the lookout for a new dining room table.

In searching for the new addition, we decided to make a list of our wants when it comes to the perfect dining room table for us. This is what the list looked like:

  • Modern & Traditional. We love modern lines and design but we also love the warmth and character of more traditional pieces. So we’re looking for something with a mix.  Modern and traditional, but not too traditional.
  • Make room for guests. Sure, the dining area is larger than what we had at our apartment, but we’re not living in a mansion here. While we probably can’t fit a 12-seater table in here (no matter how much we’d like to!), we would like to find a table that would be able to seat at least 8 people with a bit of elbow room to spare. We also decided to keep our eyes out for an 8-seater table with a leaf that would expand it to fit ten.
  • Take a seat. One thing is for sure, we want to purchase a table that will go well with our current chairs. They are so comfy and durable that we can’t bear to part with them. Obviously we are going to have to purchase more chairs. Luckily, Haverty’s still carries them.

Over the weekend, we set out to find the perfect dining room table for the new space and we’ve narrowed it down to three possibilities:

First off, there is the Angled-Leg Expandable Table from West Elm. We’ve been in love with this table for what seems like forever so it easily made it to our short list.

PROS: Our style is a mix of modern and traditional (“moditional” as Greg calls it), so the clean lines of the table will contrast nicely with the traditional lines of our chairs and tie in with the style of the rest of the house’s furnishings. This table even has a hidden storage drawer which would come in handy when storing linens and maybe even a few small serving platters.

CONS: Though to color of the table and the chairs are similar, the difference in finishes might not flow well. With the addition of the leaf, it only seats 6 people.

Our second option is Haverty’s Copley Square Trestle Table. This is the big sister to our current table  – which has since been discontinued.

PROS: We love our current table and how durable it’s been. So we know this table will be just as durable and loved. It perfectly matches our dining chairs without being too “matchy matchy”. Also, if we purchase this table, we can purchase the needed additional chairs at a discounted price. Yay for package deals! This table seats 8 comfortably, but up to 10.

CONS: It’s very traditional. Maybe even too traditional. Another con is the price tag. It’s double the price of Option # 1, but then again, from our experience with the smaller version, we know the durability and quality justify the price.

Our third and final option is Restoration Hardware’s Avignon Salvaged Beam Dining Table.

PROS: First of all, it’s made from antique pine timbers salvaged from 100-year-old buildings in Great Britain. Who wouldn’t love that?! My mom & dad have a similar table in their dining room and we love it. They also happen to have the same dining chairs as we do. Online, it doesn’t look as though they would go together, but trust me. They do! It’s a great contrast of light a dark wood. As with option number two, this table seats 8 comfortably–up to 10 people elbow-to-elbow.

CONS: It’s the most expensive table on our short list, coming in at $1,299 (marked down from $2,695). However, considering it’s a reclaimed wood Restoration Hardware table, that’s a pretty good price. But is it worth it? Another con is the fact that it doesn’t have a leaf. Even though the table is already pretty large, we’d like to have the option of adding a leaf for expanded seating.

So there we have three very different, very unique table options. Narrowing it down to three was the easy part. Over the next few days, we’ll be deciding which one is going to be the right fit for us. In the mean time, we are going to list our current dining table on Craigslist. Fingers crossed!

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    January 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    LOVE Option #2! It’s so Martha Stewart & Candice Olson!

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    January 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    If it were me I’d totally pick up the second one! The history of #3 is fantastic and would make a great conversation piece. But #2 looks like it would transition with your styles more.

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    Inspire Me Heather
    January 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Hey! Just found you and IS IT EVER NICE HERE! Sorry, didn’t mean to shout – just think your blog is fantastic and will be back. Oh and, #2… it would look fantastic against those hardwood floors (and a sisal maybe??)

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    January 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I know it doesn’t seat 12, but I have this table from Pier One (seats 8, you could squeeze 2 more in I think). It’s very sturdy, traditional yet modern at them same time.


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    Linda b
    January 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I can’t decide between 2 and 3. 2 would look amazing and 3 has great history (and a great RH price too!!).

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    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Number 2, for sure 🙂

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    January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Tough decision! I really like all of them, no matter you choose it’ll look great.

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    January 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Found your site because we’re looking for a similar table. Design wise I favor the angled-leg, but none of these fit the bill in terms of size & expandability. I will keep looking!

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    Crystal Middleton
    February 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Not sure where you’re located but home emporium has an almost identical replica of this RH table for $795. http://bit.ly/dZ0CAf. Cash and carry only though 🙁

    The matching chairs are $199.

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      February 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Ahh, really? Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

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