dining room table with custom green leopard print upholstery on chairs

Serving Joy

This unique dining table, featuring elaborate cast-iron ends, is the centerpiece of this cheerful dining room. 

Originally used as a base for haberdashery showcases, the homeowners came upon this restored table and recovered stained glass objet d’art at Wichita’s Eclectiques.

At the left is a lofty breakfront, or china cabinet, which holds more than enough accessories. Custom-made Indian lace curtains and green and white leopard-patterned upholstered chairs complement the display of green and white transferware and majolica.

The simple act of taking time to sit around a table and enjoy a meal with others, as a family, or with friends, is one of the easiest ways to lead a healthier and happier life.

Slowing down is a great way to reduce stress. Eating in a relaxed and supportive environment is not only better for digestion, the food actually tastes better and, perhaps most importantly, eating together strengthens the bonds that keep us together as family and friends.

Central to the dining room is the table, which more than any other piece of furniture in a home, represents the family as a whole, so much so that sometimes when a member is temporarily absent, their place is still set, or reserved, for their return. 

The spirit of gathering is influenced as much by your surroundings as it is by the company you share it with. Remember that when you’re comfortable, chances are pretty good that your family and guests will also enjoy the space, the food, and the camaraderie.—By Kat Schneider; photography by Pat Wherritt