It’s true that a lot of people remodel their kitchens and dining rooms for one meal a year: Thanksgiving. The big dining room table that sits empty most of the year. The double ovens. The massive fridge. In our household, we entertain frequently. I have a general rule of thumb:

  • < 8 people: plated meals at the dining room table
  • 9 to 12 people: family style (our dining table sits 12 when fully extended)
  • 13> people: standing cocktail-party type food
The dining table sits eight and I have eight Parsons chairs from Restoration Hardware, which I love (even if some of them have developed a little springy squeak.)


We have four basic wooden folding chairs in the garage that I pull out for the “up to 12” dinners. They work fine, but aren’t all that comfortable or stylish. So I dream of a settee. A bench that can sit near the window and be pulled into service to seat up to 3 people…

Here are some that I love:

Cream Oval Back Settee,
Drake Creme Leather Bench,
Settee, Pottery Barn
Monte Allen
Lee Jofa

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