1 Designer Todd Haley hung an oversize lampshade from CB2 for “tension and excitement” in a sophisticated Lincoln Park dining area and balanced it with upholstery in a calming lavender hue. “I showed the client only one fabric,” Haley says of the Knoll textile he used for the chairs and the banquette.
2 Photo stylist Johanna Lowe created a casual spot for meals in the living room of her Buchanan, Michigan, house by mixing vintage chairs with a table improvised from a door and a pair of sawhorses. One of her favorite finds is the large enameled-metal ampersand between the windows.
3 Cork floors, a black-and-white palette, and CaesarStone countertops that mimic honed concrete give this space in a Michiana home a modern edge, while horizontal paneling helps maintain a cozy cottage feel. Glass-paneled doors provide access to the deck and screened porch and also bring in light.
4 An Italian chrome chandelier marks the spot for the raw steel table in a Wicker Park dining room. Playing off yellow fiberglass shell chairs, the amber semi-sheer panels, which don’t cover the entire span of the windows, can be shifted to follow the sun. Sliding doors open to a huge rooftop deck.
Photography: (1) Alan Shortall; (2) Matthew Gilson; (3) Nathan Kirkman; (4) Andreas Larsson
5 The familiar yet modern form of ladder-back BDDW chairs around the Crate & Barrel table in this Saugatuck Cape Cod is perfectly in line with the aesthetic of the rest of the house.
6 A Hans Wegner table is the focal point of the open-plan dining room/kitchen in a Michigan getaway. From the upholstery on the chairs to paintings by Carol Dolan, most of the colors in the space were dictated by what the owners could see out their windows—namely, Lake Michigan.
7 A vintage table from Architectural Artifacts was cut down to fit the breakfast room in this Highland Park home. Bertoia chairs and crisp-lined pendant lamps keep the mood light.
8 Vintage chairs from The Golden Triangle and a custom table accommodate both family meals and entertaining in a Wicker Park dining room, where the combination of sleek lines, warm colors, and a richly textured rug create a welcoming environment.
Photography: (5) Nathan Kirkman; (6) James Yochum; (7) Eric Hausman; (8) Katrina Wittkamp