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Live, eat, entertain: 6 of the best large dining tables

New year, new dining:

Whilst few of us have any space or even desire for a designated dining room any more, a  roomy table around which to eat, work, and entertain usually forms the focal point of our living spaces.  A chat with my sister-in-law over Christmas lead to some thoughts about large dining tables, further inspired by stumbling upon this chic, relaxed dining space in a historical house in Antwerp, Belgium.

cote maison table 2

cote maison table 1

(images courtesy of Cote Maison)

I love the table in this shot as although it is large, it’s narrow enough for guests seated opposite to chat in comfort. The table doesn’t dominate or crowd the narrow dining space, and the trestle legs keep the look informal.

I’ve talked about my hotch-potch table arrangements before (here) when feeding a crowd together, and really my budget-conscious Ikea table suits our hectic lifestyle perfectly. For a similar one try this: (although, as mine is a kitchen table, I prefer an unfinished wood surface, as it can be scrubbed clean: super-practical…)

ikea

ikea trestle

You can’t beat Ikea for a bargain; the bottom trestle desk/table is only £35.

At the other end of the financial scale, try Skandium:

skandium bermuda-table-003

sandra

The trestle-style Bermuda table by Asplund is currently on sale, so head to Skandium quickly for the discount; whilst the Sandra table, the second image above, was designed in 2003 by Thomas Sandell for Asplund, and is also from Skandium, though not currently discounted, sadly…

And at the mid-range price levels, Maison du Monde‘s trestle would be a great substitute for the table in the original image:

maison du monde table

And don’t miss this Ercol dining table, exclusive to John Lewis: the streamlined shape is contemporary, yet simultaneously acknowledges Ercol’s design history.

john lewis ercol

OKA clearance store

I admire the founders of OKA – they’ve created a niche for elegant, often Oriental-inspired furniture and homewares that whilst being new (shock horror!) will slot quite easily into ladies’ (of certain demographic) homes. My nearest store is a Clearance Outlet which is handy for my wallet: it’s filled with ends of lines and seconds all helpfully and clearly marked with what’s wrong with them.

Several of their cute wooden ornamental ducks were there looking a little sorry for themselves: apparently the poor things had had a bout of woodworm and looked in need of some TLC. Possibly wood worm is taking the much-loved / Vintage look a little too far….

Several shimmering, delicate blue throws (ex-display) were marked down from over £100 to £45 – a bargain for anyone needing a throw right now. Likewise some eggshell-blue and plain white china plates were all marked down to around / from £6+ each: some were fashioned with slightly wobbly circles; but nevertheless a great way to get a good looking, inexpensive set. There are plenty of rugs in store but these are still very expensive: definitely not an impulse-buy: however one wall-hung dhurrie would be a great detail for a masculine bedroom, or for injecting some colour into a monochrome scheme.

OKA dhurrie

A large, colourful dhurrie currently at OKA’s clearance store

Wooden Duck, from £26, Oka Clearance Store

Wooden ducks, plus table lamps, at the OKA clearance Store

Oka China Plates

Reduced price china plates at OKA’s Clearance Store this November, from around £6 each