"We like to have a great bench that can rest up against the wall and be pulled up to the table when needed. (It can also live part-time in an adjacent hallway.) The idea is that it's ready and waiting when the inevitable moment arises when you've got to squeeze in eight guests at a table for six." —Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, authors of Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
"The best way to encourage comfort and conversation for your guests is through great seating. Invest in dining chairs that invite your family and friends to eat, drink, stay and relax." —Kishani Perera, author of Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera (Abrams)
Go up a Wall
"For a fast and easy way to update your dining room, paint one wall to make an eye-catching statement and add mirrors, which reflect light and add sparkle." —Annie Kelly, co-author of Rooms to Inspire by the Sea (Rizzoli)
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