I love cooking and giving dinner parties. And I love creating a fantastic dining room. I'm not much for a traditional look though, with the table and chairs matching. I love the look of an old farm table mixed with some contemporary designs, like a Saarinen Tulip Chair (like my star-based ones, which I found on craigslist - all four and with the Knoll table for $150!), or anything a little bit unusual. I even like completely mismatched chairs. I adore the look of a modern table, and in converse, mixed with some traditional antique or vintage chairs. I suppose I just like the juxtaposition of old and new combined, and I think it's a great way to save money. Buy a nice table, or chairs and then mix 'em up with inexpensive flea market, ebay, or craigslist finds. I went through my files of magazine clippings and found some fun examples for you.
and the galvanized French metal cafe chairs with the pine farm table look great.
and this little nook demonstrated in Domino with the Ikea Docksta table and
mid-century modern McCobb chairs is a fun look, as well as a wonderful space saver.
tall back chairs; and a farm table mixed up with antique black lacquer chairs.
I just want to move in here! Pretty black Saarenin table with
mid-century Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chairs.
Danish modern armchairs looks really sleek and pretty.
combined with the ornate, antique hutch.