Make use of a quiet January to overhaul your entertaining spaces with inspiration from our edit of the best dining rooms, as seen in our 2016 house tours.
From our January-February issue: Pictured above is a dining area that is stylish, edgy and brimming with character, as seen in a Dublin renovation. Ruth, the owner, sourced a marble top online and had a base made. The cinema chairs came from a UK antiques fair. [Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather]
From our May-June issue: The large custom table in this redbrick was designed to bring fun and drama to the room, while also providing a large dining area for entertaining. Taking pride of place in the centre of the room, both the West Elm and Persian rugs add a softness to the space. Keeping things light and airy, the large mirror (1800mm in diameter) helps to bounce natural light that comes in from the rear of the house. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]
From our July-August issue: The dining table is this stunning renovation came from the couple’s last home and was the starting point for the orangery’s décor. The top was painted off-black, which is picked up in the Nicholas Haslam dresser and Eichholtz wall lights. The chairs here are all second-hand, mostly from Mullen’s Laurel Park auction house in Bray. The octagonal olive pouffe is from OKA Direct and the graphic rug, from The Rug Company, was one of the first pieces the owners chose. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]
From our May-June issue: The orange pendants in this colourful cabin are 1960s Louis Poulsen 3/4 pendants that interior designer Egon Walesch sourced from Denmark. The table runner is Le Jacquard Français, on top is a vase from Ikea’s Sinnerlig range, while the candlesticks were sourced from Another Country. The chairs are Eames DSR chairs made by Vitra, bought in a John Lewis sale, alongside the table. [Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather]
From our September-October issue: The fireplace in this Dublin city home was pulled from a skip on Morehampton Road and came out of a 1930s house. Above it is a painting by Katarzyna Gajewska on newsprint. The 12-foot long Irish hunting or wakes table was a gift from Colm’s parents and is perfect for entertaining large parties. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]
From our November-December issue: The dining area in this stunning open-plan apartment is elevated by a magnificent 1950s tapestry by Lurçat. The Italian 1940s rosewood table is inset with glass painted underneath with old leaf. The 1950s chandelier is Italian and the rug is by Garouste & Bonetti. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]