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Loving all things midcentury, Laird Memory and her husband, Matt Bunting, updated their circa-1951 ranch off Collier Road while keeping the era’s cool vibe. The remodeled dining room (which was once a porch) features 11-foot-tall ceilings, oversized windows, and some sassy decor.
This cheerful—some might even say cheeky—dining room sets the tone for relaxed gatherings, which is the way we like to entertain in the South, says interior designer Lathem Gordon. For this Virginia-Highland home, she and partner Cate Dunning expertly layered colorful materials and patterns.
“I am alarmed that many people think dining rooms are no longer necessary,” says Loren Taylor, who dreamed up this scheme for such a purpose. “I have wonderful memories of elaborate family celebrations, as my mother set beautiful tablescapes. A dining room should inspire everyone to engage in conversation and stop focusing on cellphones or endlessly posting photos of food."