What to Do with "Awkward" Extra Space?

What to Do with "Awkward" Extra Space?

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Janel Laban
Jan 14, 2010

Q: I am moving into my dream house in Chicago in February. While I am busy picking out color and fabric swatches, I am stymied by my formal living/dining room. I will have a large rectangular dining table (120 in with leaves) but am left with a large awkward space that I don't know what to do with. I was hoping your readers could come up with some great suggestions for the space (larger layout below).

The house also has a great room and full basement so I don't need a lot of seating. I tend toward mid-century or modern design. Purchasing new furniture is an option, so any recommendations are welcome.

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