6. know when to call the carpenter
Everyone loves a great shopping find, right? But if you can't find something that is right, don't hesitate to have things built. These banquette boxes (with extra storage inside!) were custom-made by a Kentucky woodworker to maximize seating (five fit easily), since a big table was not an option. A custom banquette saves space and means more can fit around this small table.
7. have a sense of humor
Remember you’re not living in a mansion. Undo distinguished pieces with offbeat things, like a funky chandelier over the dining table. A lot of personality can come from two disparate objects working off each other.