Saturday, September 21, 2013

Beach House Dining Part 1: Tables

One of the things we like best about owning a beach cottage is having the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the dining area in the existing house didn't have space for a large table. With the new house we're making sure to allow plenty of space for entertaining. Although the square footage of the living, dining, and kitchen areas is not going to be much bigger than what we had in our existing house, the open plan configuration will allow room for a nice big table. I'm thinking about a rustic, farmhouse-style table, with seating for at least 8 people.

Let's start with some inspiration...

Elizabeth Newman
The Lettered Cottage


The Lettered Cottage
Whimsical Homes
Whimsical Homes

The common theme here is the long, rustic table with room for guests. I found some interesting possibilities for recreating this look while sticking to a reasonable budget. has several contenders:

I love the distressed, limed finish of this table. It's 36" x 72". This is a good size for a narrow space. It probably would seat 6 comfortably and 8 in a pinch. It's under $800.

This reclaimed teak would table is just under $1000. It's 71" x 36".

This is an interesting option from World Market: the Metal Wrapped Braxton dining table. It's 78" x 40" which would make it a little easier to fit in extra chairs. It's regularly $600, currently on sale for $500. 

World Market

The Messina dining table from Ballard Designs is a beautiful option. Like the Braxton table above, it has a metal top and the legs have a lovely distressed white painted finish. It's 32" x 76". Another good choice for a narrow location. $800.

Ballard Designs
The Stornas table from Ikea is a great option. Not only is it the least expensive, but it's also the largest and the only extendable table in this bunch. It's approximately 37" wide and ranges in length from 57" to 80". It's solid wood and only $329. 

Next post, I'll be looking at some interesting (and budget-friendly) dining chairs.

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