What does an interior designer living in a small one-bedroom apartment do when he wants to host large dinner parties? If he's David Hopkins, he creates a designer dining dungeon in the building's basement!
We saw David's unique take on outdoor dining a couple of summers ago and now he's bringing his guests indoors. David worked out a deal with his landlord to turn a portion of the building's basement into his own little entertainment and dining dungeon. After ripping out the old partitioned storage units to open up the space, David put a long dining table down the expanse of the room. (The table is actually hardwood flooring placed on modular legs and can be easily disassembled or made smaller.) In a back corner, a little seating area is perfect for pre- and post-dinner cocktails.
While we don't all have access to extra space, seeing how David transformed a dark little basement can be inspiring as we start planning summer soirees. I know I've often passed up on hosting larger parties in my limited space so I'm comforted to see that, with some leftover Christmas lights and imaginative styling, even a little extra basement space can feel inviting. Of course, it also helps if you have David's vast collection of dining chairs and flair for dramatic space planning, too!
Images: Jason Loper