So I was thinking a big farm table with upholstered linen chairs and perhaps an antique cocktail cabinet. Mr. P, however, saw an intimate bar area at the Menlo Grill (really excellent, btw) and got hooked on the idea of creating a more lounge feel than a formal dining room. In trying to strike a balance, I pulled these items together. I think it hits the comfortable bar atmosphere note, has a high degree of function (hello storage in that hutch!), and with the right amount of candlelight could be warmed up into a really inviting space. The only downside is that the table and chairs are not bar height - something we'd really like to try.
How do you balance style differences?
Clockwise from Top L:
Macy's - Excell Napkin Rings (on sale!)
Crate and Barrel - French Kitchen Table
Ethan Allen - Duncan Hutch and Buffet
Crate and Barrel - Lowe Onyx Leather Side Chair