photos by Michael Partenio for Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life
A solid, timeless, functional dining table is such an important purchase for a home- be it a small round four top or a large formal piece that can seat 12. When a client needs a table for their home, I typically advise them to spend the most they are comfortable with as a dining table can last a lifetime- literally. For a long time we had a dining table that was handed down to use by Andrew’s grandparents. I love tables that have a story too- like the client above- we drove hours through the back country of Pennsylvania to a remote table maker’s studio to pick out our favorite raw edge slab for her formal dining table. We met the guys who made every inch of the table by hand. For the more casual dining area, we had a zinc topped table made to be the perfect size for this built in we designed. But you don’t have to go custom, there are a lot of great looking tables out there. So here is a roundup of some great tables to consider for homes of every size and budget.