modern dining area with black chairs. / sfgirlbybay

so, i need your two cents: my cottage has a very small dining area, and it exists in the same space as my living room — it’s one pretty good sized room, but it’s literally a wall with an unsightly (but useful in the winter months!) wall heater that shares this dining space. i’ve been trying to figure out a way to make it work but also be interesting, and i think (oh i hope so!) i’ve got it figured out. i was on the hunt for a dropleaf table that i could extend when necessary to accommodate guests, but i couldn’t find one that had great legs, so to speak. they were all too cutesy country looking. so i opted for a small library-type, vintage Rustic Light Wood Table i found on chairish. i plan to put the narrow end against the wall with a mix of two white Baumann Seagull Chairs i found on elsie green and my two existing thonet chairs around it. i think there’s room to pull it out from the wall, too if i need to seat six.

dining area before photo from laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

i think the wall needs something bold hanging there, to avert your eyes from the space heater, so i was thinking of blowing up an old photograph of the sea — something kind of grainy and funky just for fun. we shall see. and the other idea I had was to hang a curtain rod high across the wall and then slide a drapery panel over the space heater when I’m not using it to cover it up — almost like a ‘faux window’ or a loft curtain that you’re just not sure what’s behind it. i think it could work! the rest of the room is covered in french doors with white loft curtain panels on them, so i think it will blend in well. anyway, just bouncing ideas off you guys. any thoughts? in the meantime, here’s some small space dining inspiration for you that i’ve been saving from my pinboards.

modern dining space with oversized art poster. / sfgirlbybay

small space dining room inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern dining space. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed dining room with white bookshelves and vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood table with ikea stools. / sfgirlbybay

sleek wood dining table with mismatched modern chairs. / sfgirlbybay

black thonet chairs and minimalist wood table. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: stadshem; my current dining space; kat teutsch photography; the former covet garden magazine via sfgirlbybay; archlux; my new table from chairish; my thonet chair; tessa neustadt photography for leanne ford; @saarmanche; the style files; @alyssakapitointeriors; bridge and burn; becoming roux; kat teutsch photography; my new Baumann Seagull vintage Chairs from elsie green; idea for seaside photo blown up and framed; inside out magazine via homes to love; @saarmanche; light locations; @studioquotidien; scandinave; angi welsh photography.

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