dining room mrs. howard

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Comfortable dining chairs, of course, remain essential, and you will need to have at least eight of them. Never more than twelve, however, or your welcoming dining space will start to resemble a corporate conference room. [...] Make sure you have at least 36 inches (91 cm) of space in which to pull back the chairs, and that your rug extends at least the same distance beyond the table.

Image: Josh Gibson; from Mrs. Howard Room by Room, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2015