Create a niche. Though nothing more than an extension of the living room, this corner—defined by graphic, leaf-patterned wallpaper—stands all on its own.
Forgo doors. An open archway between the dining area and the kitchen prevents both rooms from feeling boxy and broken up—especially since they share the same wooden flooring.
Invest in smart design. Scored from a private antiques dealer, this set of '60s Danish string-back chairs slides neatly under the round table.
Stay flexible. Unlike a cumbersome sideboard, Amy's delicate bamboo bar cart can be wheeled closer or completely out of the way.
Stretch out. Positioning the black felt rug on the diagonal, Lauren says, emphasizes the alcove's longest axis and "creates a different point for the eye to go to, rather than from left to right or front to back."
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