Kimberly sent us an email: "Dear AT, I've lived in my townhouse for a year and can't figure out how to set up my dining area. The space doesn't lend itself to a traditional seating format because of the large wooden bar and the patio doors directly across - so it's a wide and narrow space...
...I think the room will feel off-center if I set up the kind of dining room I want: I would love to have a dining table with a sofa or bench along the wall to the left and some sort of bar area on the right, but I'm not sure if that will leave the center feeling too empty. I'm hoping to come up with a creative solution that won't leave the room feeling off-balance.
Attached are a few pictures. The first one shows the furniture I currently have (two of those Pottery Barn wine racks and a dining room table - no chairs), I'm not committed to anything. The others show the old owner's furniture, but also the location of the large wooden bar.