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The dream din­ing space should be con­vivial, in­spir­ing and stylish to en­cour­age your guests to min­gle. Al­low room for the party to flow from the din­ing space to other so­cial ar­eas. Make the fur­ni­ture lay­out as open as pos­si­ble and opt for chairs that are el­e­gant yet easy to move around. If you can’t find a din­ing ta­ble that meets your ex­act re­quire­ments, cre­ate a cus­tomised set, sug­gests Woo; he re­cently or­dered a 16-seater cus­tom-made din­ing ta­ble for a fam­ily who en­joys host­ing fre­quent gath­er­ings. Make sure your guests are not left stranded in the room while you head to the kitchen to pre­pare more food and drinks. A so­lu­tion for this is a bar cart, which will al­low you to set up ev­ery­thing that you might need near you; or even bet­ter, cre­ate a be­spoke home bar. “If you are in­cor­po­rat­ing a home bar, po­si­tion it near the din­ing area or lounge as this is where it will be most utilised,” rec­om­mends Bar­ratt. “This will also cre­ate a fo­cal point, bal­anc­ing out a big din­ing ta­ble or large sofa.” When it comes to the de­sign of a home bar, Bar­ratt sug­gests a space-en­hanc­ing idea: fuse it with a col­umn to con­ceal a bor­ing struc­tural el­e­ment.

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