AS SEEN ON INSTAGRAM: Come dine with me


Summer evenings and weekends are made for entertaining. Whether it’s a quick midweek meal or a drawn-out barbeque, dining with friends and family is one of life’s great joys.

We’ve been on the lookout for dining areas that are both practical and stylish. From elegant outdoor spaces to wonderfully rustic interiors, Instagram is chock full of clever ways to elevate your dining space.

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Dining al fresco
This outdoor dining area is the perfect example of inside-outside living. Allowing @countrysidedunham29 to take full advantage of the warm summer months, the rustic table is perfectly complemented by the elegant woven dining chairs, well-tended garden and modern plant selection, creating a refined space ideal for eating, drinking and socialising.


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Traditional with a modern twist

This dining area in the home of @our_newcalder is a modern twist on the traditional dining space. The low-hanging lights above the table, the artfully mismatched array of candles, and the blue velvet chairs are, collectively, wonderfully gothic. But this space is also bright and contemporary – the graphic design of the table and the smoky glass pendants ensure this traditional setup has a decidedly modern edge.


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Scandinavian-style dining

This open-plan living and dining area has been perfectly curated to create a strong Scandi aesthetic. The rustic table and mismatched, yet complementary, dining chairs and bench have pared-back elegance. The stoneware, place settings and cutlery - even the centrepiece vase and foliage - are all in keeping with this minimalist yet warm interior.