cast your vote-keri’s table & chairs

Alright, here we go again! Keri, one of my co-workers, needs your help choosing a dining room table and chairs for her urban, Victorian home. Keri very kindly gave away her previous set to a friend who had just moved to the city and since then has been without a place to sit and eat dinner. The home has a mid-century modern vibe with a considerable amount of teak furniture. For this reason, Keri would like to avoid adding any more wood to the open concept space. I agree with Keri that adding a teak dining room set would be too much of a good thing but I think that a little bit of wood could still work. So take a look at my suggestions below and cast your vote. Help Keri buy a much needed dining room table and chairs!

Let’s start with Keri’s empty dining room.

As you can see she has beautiful, old wood floors, a teak wall unit, a teak standing lamp, and a long horizontal piece of art that looks like it might also be made of wood. You can see why she is reluctant to add more wood to this space.

Here are my suggestions:

Option #1 – Teak Table – Vintage Eames Shell Chairs – Dynamic Light Fixture

The moment Keri showed me her dining room I couldn’t stop thinking of Morgan of The Brick House’s living and dining room. Morgan’s dining room is one of my all time favorites and I think Keri could learn a thing or two from her. In this case I think a teak table could work because really it falls into the background when it is paired with the vintage Eames chairs and the DIY Lindsay Adelman light fixture. I would advise Keri to seek out Eames chairs with black eiffel tower bases as Morgan has done to tie the black from the wall unit back into the room. A dynamic light fixture would also bring Keri’s dining room to life. If she feels there is still too much wood in the room a large rug that extends past the legs of the table would help break up the space.

Option #2 – Oval Saarinen Table – Danish Teak Chairs

I think an oval Saarinen table would look beautiful in Keri’s dining room and would compliment the other mid-century modern pieces she has in her home. I like that in these two examples they have paired the table with vintage Danish teak chairs. Again, I think this small amount of teak would work well in the space and tie all the elements together. An interesting light fixture would anchor the space and finish the room off. If you don’t have an outlet over your dining room table an Arco floor lamp would also work well in this space. Oh and is that a fiddleleaf fig (ficus lyrata) I see above? What a nice touch that would be!

Option #3 – Antique Wood Table and Colourful Tolix Chairs

This one is a bit of a stretch but I think it could be made to work mainly because Keri’s floors have this same aged appeal. The key is getting the right antique wood table – it can’t be too rustic or harvest-table like. It should have bold lines and something decorative about it like these corkscrew legs. The hit of bright colour and unconventional pairing is what makes this combination work. I think Eames shell chairs could also work in this scenario. If Keri likes this look I would advise her to change the artwork in her dining room into something larger in scale and more colourful.

Option #4 – White Table – Sculptural Wood Chairs

One way to break up all the wood in Keri’s dining room is to add a large, white horizontal surface like this dining room table. Paired with sculptural wood chairs (not necessarily these ones maybe something more suited to the era) the room would come together.

Option #5 Wood Table – Wood Chairs – Bold Striped Rug

What more wood – you’re saying! Yes, I think you could make it work. By shifting the focus away from the dining room table and chairs and directing it towards the bold striped rug on the floor the effect of the wood is lessened. I love the soft, curved lines of this set of table and chairs and the airiness of the hairpin legs. If you could find a set like this I would snatch it up and then add a bright and colourful rug to the floor to break up the effect of the wood.

Option #6 – Glass Table with Wood Base – Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chairs

My final suggestion for Keri is a combination wood and glass table paired with classic mid-century modern Eames molded plywood dining chairs. I’d love to see the chairs in one or several of the bright colours like the red and the yellow. Again, having a dynamic light fixture above the table would really help ground the room.

So, have you made your selection? If you were Keri which option would you choose? I know which one I’m picking!

(If you have a design dilemma you need help with send me your questions and some photos to and we’ll see what we can do!)

Image Credits:
Option #1 images – Morgan Satterfield – The Brick House
Option #2 images – Lonny Magazine & Design*Sponge
Option #3 image – Coastal Living
Option #4 image – Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via Emma’s Design Blogg
Option #5 image – Door Sixteen
Option #6 images – Design Within Reach
Filed under please, cast your vote


  1. Posted January 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    I love option #1. Wood gets me everytime. I also love the marble but it’s such a cold surface, esp for a bad-habit elbow on tables girl like me. lol. It also clatters alot when plates/cutlery etc are placed on it. Love the wood with eames chair, overdone I know but still a great classic!

  2. knjb
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    option #1

  3. Posted January 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    I think the chairs work in option one, they go great with the cabinet. however I’m not so sure about the table. The floors may be a little to similar in colour. They are much rougher which is a good contrast to the smoothness of the table, but the tones might be to similar. depends if they are planning to put down an area rug. I’m not usually a fan of glass but maybe the table in option 6 works. However if they have kids then it’s not very practical. What do I know?

  4. Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    I vote for Option #3 – Antique Wood Table and Colourful Tolix Chairs. I love the combo of chairs and this table. And, I think the room could use a nice injection of color.

  5. Aleks
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    I love Option #5 Wood Table – Wood Chairs – Bold Striped Rug. The light coloured table mixed with the striped rug is striking.

  6. Posted January 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    I think this black marble Eames table available at GUFF, could work:

  7. Posted January 31, 2011 at 1:08 PM | Permalink

    I think option #1 is the best! ;-D

    But I love a marble Saarinen table. If I could afford one, I would have grab one in a second.

  8. valentine
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    Option 3! Round and marble will give a great look to the living room! the marble will create a nice contrast with the woods already in the space, and rounbd tables are just so inviting and friendly!

  9. valentine
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    i meant option 2!

  10. Posted January 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    Wow, all great options, but the first three are my favorites, with number 2 pulling ahead slightly. Love the Saarinen table. I think I like the 3rd so much because I could see it in my own home. So, #2 it is!

  11. shadi
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

    Option 1 or Option 4.

  12. Marny
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    Option 2 but with different chairs. I think throwing in some colour (love the yellow) would be a great idea and you will never regret investing in a classic like the Saarinen table.

  13. Posted January 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

    My vote is the Saarinen table with teak chairs. I like the round/oval shape, and the marble top is a nice contrast to the wood.

    I think the big wall should have a big piece of artwork. I’m talking REALLY big, like almost floor to ceiling. The piece of artwork that’s there now might work on the wall space above the doorway.

    {It was great seeing you at IDS :-) Hope you enjoyed the show – there was a lot to see!}

  14. Posted January 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

    Oh Gosh! I almost left without a comment. Too many lovely choices, too hard to vote! But Keri’s room and the first image you are showing are very similar. And I think it looks lovely! The Eames chairs break it away from being to woodsy. I would however go for a warmer pendant (or 2).

    The Saarinen table is stunning but it can hardly seat a number of Thankgsgiving guests.

    The first one or a long white table (paired with wooden chairs) would be my choice.

    Hugs to you both.


  15. Posted January 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

    I like #2 or #4 the best, and I think the molded Eames chairs could work with any of the table options.

  16. Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Permalink

    Option 2 all the way. Not always the most affordable option though. I am dying to get one of those tables.

  17. Posted February 1, 2011 at 12:24 AM | Permalink

    Love your first pick, Emma! Keri looks like she has a gorgeous home. What a lucky lady!

  18. Posted February 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

    Hi Emma,

    Absolutely #1 or #2 – The Brick House dining room has been on regular rotation as my desktop screensaver over the last year, so it is an all time fave. I think both of those options suit the space and mix modern and traditional in a way that still honours the essence of “the dining room” atmosphere. Tough choices though!

    xo Sarah

  19. Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    My choice is Option #2!

  20. Posted February 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

    Option #2

    The round table would enable an easy flow particularly as there is a doorway [walkway] in close proximity.

    I agree with Kelly @JAXDD that replacing the current art on the wall with a really big artwork would tie the room together.


  21. Posted February 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    I don’t think I can make a decision. All beautiful. Can I throw in my two cents and suggest classic thonet bentwood chairs in black? With a natural wood farm table? Oh wait, that’s just my dream dining set, never mind ;)

  22. Posted February 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    Tough choice – they’re all gorgeous. I’d have to choose option 2, the Saarinen table. But option 4 is great too.

  23. Marie
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

    Option 6!

  24. Helen
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

    Option 1, 4 or 6. My ultimate favourite and the one I would be putting my money up for where it me, is number 4 which will enhance the feel of the mid century modern feel without causing it to feel over played.

  25. Diana
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    Option 2 or 3 for the table. Not a fan of the chairs.

  26. Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM | Permalink

    option 2- right size and shape table and almost any chair would work with it.

  27. Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:03 PM | Permalink

    I too think it should be different chairs with option 2, but definitely the right table- chairs should be wooden I think!! Look at me and my all knowingness :)

  28. Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:05 PM | Permalink

    sorry- thought option 2 was the large round- would go for round- will shut up now.

  29. Sheila
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    I love number one!!! Number one, number one!!

  30. amyks
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    I like #3 or #4…complete opposites, but both are very cool

  31. Michelle
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

    #6. The glass top with wood base will fit right into the current decor while lightening the feel of the room. Not mid-century, but very modern. A round table could also be good to offset the rectilinear space and layout…is there a round, glass option?

  32. georgiana
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    so, did keri get a table? i say #4 cuz it goes with the reductivist modernism of the Eric Glavin on the wall. This white spartan table is a tabula rasa for colourful culinary creations.

  33. Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:31 PM | Permalink

    @georgiana – Yes, she did. I heard she bought a glass table but is still looking for chairs.

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