Dine in style even if space is scarce

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Me­gan McDonough

Din­ing rooms are a lux­ury that small-space dwellers of­ten can’t af­ford. But a compact din­ing ta­ble in the kitchen or liv­ing room can dou­ble as a desk or workspace and of­fer a place for guests to share sto­ries, laughs and, of course, meals.

“These small spa­ces may, at first, ap­pear to be a de­sign chal­lenge but are a great op­por­tu­nity to high­light a sculp­tural piece,” in­te­rior de­signer Lonni Paul says.

The HGTV “De­sign Star” alum’s clients in­clude ac­tor Robert Downey Jr. and TV per­son­al­ity Gi­u­liana Ran­cic.

Counter- or bar-height ta­bles, for ex­am­ple, can help draw up the eye, and round or oval ta­bles can make a room feel big­ger. Ex­tend­able and drop-leaf ta­bles of­fer ver­sa­til­ity and ad­di­tional stor­age.

“Take the en­tire space into con­sid­er­a­tion,” Paul sug­gests. For ex­am­ple, “in ba­sic spa­ces, use a more unique ta­ble,” and “for rooms with a view or a beau­ti­ful chan­de­lier, choose a sim­pler ta­ble.”

Max­i­mize ev­ery inch of your space with one of Paul’s top ta­ble picks.

Splurge: In­vis­i­ble ta­ble in trans­par­ent am­ber, left (shop­kartell.com). Save: Pratt ta­ble in satin etched, tem­pered glass with or­ange base (roomand­board.com).

Splurge: Sil­hou­ette pedestal din­ing ta­ble, left (west­elm.com). Save: Gold-and-mar­ble Leilani tulip din­ing ta­ble (world­mar­ket.com).

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