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One of the biggest mistakes you can make in a dining room is to use the wrong shape of table. There’s nothing worse than having to squeeze against the wall in a dining room just to seat yourself at the table. The choice of which shape is right is driven by the size and shape of your dining room, how many guests you plan to host, and how often you entertain. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular dining table shapes and where they work best.

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1. Round

A round dining table works best in square spaces or a rectangular room that isn’t terribly long. I like this shape because it facilitates conversation between everyone seated, as opposed to just those at your end of the table. You can also always squeeze an extra chair or two around them, so unexpected guests are easily welcomed. It can feel intimate rather than cramped.

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2. Rectangle

A rectangular table is perfect for larger rooms and for people who often entertain on a lavish scale. This is the classic dining table shape, unchanged over centuries, so it also feels more formal. And with extra table leaves, you can seat a lot of people around this shape. The only limit to the number of guests and seats is the length of the room. I’ve seen rectangular tables that seat as many as 20. The general rule of thumb is you should be able to have at least 36 inches of space between the table and the wall, so keep that in mind.

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3. Oval

An oval table like the one above gives you the best of both worlds between a round table and a rectangle. Oval table shapes have a contemporary look and are great in transitional or modern spaces. They are very versatile, too, giving you plenty of space to squeeze in one more chair when needed.

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4. Square

A square table works best where space is limited. You see them in restaurants frequently for that very reason – they make efficient use of space to seat two or four. That’s also the square table’s drawback, the largest one only seats 8. That makes this a great shape for a breakfast nook or small dining room.

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5. The Rounded Rectangle

Another interesting hybrid shape includes the rounded rectangle – basically a rectangular shape without the sharp corners. This has the same pros and cons as a rectangular table, but the rounded edges make it easy to move around if you’re going to have a tight fit with a lot of guests. It also removes a bit of formality from the design of the table.

Use these ideas to select the perfect table for your dining room. And to see more table designs and dining room ideas, click here.

This spring, I’m planning a refresh of my own home. At the top of my list is to take stock of the bedroom rugs. I love a rug in the bedroom, to have that feeling of warmth and comfort underfoot. Here are some tips for how select the right one for each of the bedrooms in your home:

Master bedroom rug is large enough to extend out from both sides of the bed creating a morning landing spot.
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1. Chic and Functional

In a master bedroom, you want to make a stylish statement but still have a rug that will stand up to wear. I like to ensure that the rug is also large enough to extend out from both sides of the bed, to give you a great “landing spot” in the morning when you rise.

Choose as large a rug as you can for any bedroom.
Stark Carpet

2. Go Big

Choose as large a rug as you can for any bedroom. It helps add a softness to the space and creates a more luxe look. You can even create your own rug out of a carpet that you like. Just have the edges bound by a professional, like a local carpet source.

In a guest bedroom, be sure the rug is as inviting and cozy as the bedding.
Kriste Michelini Interiors

3. A Cozy Welcome

In a guest bedroom, be sure the rug is as inviting and cozy as the bedding. Nothing says “welcome” to a guest more than a soft and sumptuous rug when they step out of bed.

In a child's or teen's bedroom choose a durable rug or carpet that has been treated for stains.
C&C Milano

4. Make It Work

In a child’s or teen’s bedroom, you want something that will stand up to a lot of roughhousing. Whether you choose a rug or carpet, be sure it’s easy to clean and has been treated for stains.

Layered rugs create a luxe look in any room.
Amanda Nistor Designs

5. The Layered Look

For any bedroom, don’t be afraid to layer rugs. You could have a sisal or a carpet as your base for its wearability, and then place a softer-pile rug on top for comfort. Layered rugs create a luxe look in any room.

Make the effort to find the perfect rugs for all your bedrooms.
Kriste Michelini Interiors

Use these tips to find the perfect rug for any bedroom in your home.

Tuesday:  Tip:  Dining Room: When you are determining elbow room for each person ideally, the table should be large enough for each guest to claim a 24-inch wide expanse. tip


Tuesday:  Tip:  Coffee table:  The optimal coffee table size is driven by the sofa.  Choose one that’s two-thirds as wide as the sofa and an inch or two lower than the seats.  Leave 18 inches between the table and seats so that people can walk by but still reach their drinks.  The side tables should be the same height or a few inches shorter than the sofa arms.


Tuesday:  Textile:  I think every bed needs a folded textile at the foot of the bed.  It is a finishing touch. When you fold it it should drop at least 6 to 12 inches on either side.  For example, if you have a queen bed, a standard throw will be too small.  Instead use a twin size blanket  which will fit perfect.


Tuesday : Tip. We thought we would start providing some tips that will help you with day to day design dilemmas.  When looking to hang a chandelier or light fixture above your dining or kitchen table the range should be approximately 28″- 34″ from the top of the tabletop to the bottom of the light fixture. Sometimes it can be moved an inch or two off this range depending on the height of the homeowner or if there is a TV to be viewed, etc.
Please leave a comment on other design questions you may have that we can address in future posts….

Friday Art: Amy Kaufman
We love Amy Kaufman’s pieces that are installed in our conference room at the studio. Her prints and canvas have a great presence and make a statement in any room. We particularly like the way they are framed and arranged.

Details and pricing below…

decorating dilemmaOnce a month we will answer a design dilemna. We will solve your design problem. Here is your chance to get a free consultation. This month is the question by Kristin R.: What to do with the HUGE wall behind my bed?

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