Craftsman dining room with built-in china closets
Photo: Chad Holder
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Oak Flavor

From A New Old House, January/February 2004

There's something so inviting about this dining area. Between the brimming bowl of fruit on the table, the burnished oak surfaces, and the fire glowing in the hearth, you can practically feel the warmth. The space owes its calming effect to well thought-out symmetry: from the pair of glass-fronted cabinets defining the room to the way the table lines up visually with the fireplace, all elements are in balance. And best of all, this intimate nook is open to the rest of the house, with light and views, which makes it a place not just for eating but for living, too.

—Laura Goldstein, executive editor
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