HGTV Dream Home 2013: Dining Room Pictures

Open to both the kitchen and great room, the dining area offers a casual-chic space to congregate and enjoy the company of friends and family.

A braided rug anchors the dining area, where a trestle-style table, fashioned from mindi wood, becomes its own focal point when surrounded by Parson-inspired dining chairs.

Tabletop appointments draw the eye. Bean-filled glass hurricanes provide a hint of sparkle and a nice foil for an Italian-made earthenware bowl clad in a snow-white glaze.

The vintage styling of all-weather woven armchairs recalls turn-of-the-century wicker patio furniture. When paired with modern upholstered side chairs, umber-colored seating lends visual interest.

The rich grain of the mindi wood tabletop counterbalances the woven texture of the dining area's striped rug. Muted shades complement the palette of dark grays and verdant greens.

The kitchen color palette and selection of materials extends into the butler's pantry area, where a glass backsplash and natural quartz countertops present a clean, uncluttered look.

Coffee service is tucked in the far corner of the counter. Durable porcelain mugs with the look of hand-thrown pottery and hammered metal sugar bowls are paired with a dark rattan serving tray — easily ported to other locations in the home.

"We lost a lot of space to make a big design statement," says interior designer Linda Woodrum, when reflecting on the home's scaled-down dining area. "So when you select furnishings, you really want to push the envelope."

Blurring the line between dining and living space encourages conversation and contributes to a whole-house approach to entertaining.

Opening the dining area to the kitchen promotes entertaining and ease of food service — from countertop to island top to tabletop.

A layering of interesting textures, textiles and wood surfaces provides the room's wow factor.

Sight lines from the entry hall to the back deck remain unobstructed; marsh views become the primary focus of interiors.

A design vignette commands attention for its thoughtful use of reclaimed materials and shiny surfaces; a floating shelf crafted by carpenter David Brown makes use of weathered, reclaimed fencing.

Rain, panel paintings by James Linehan, incorporate fine art and found objects. "This is simple, clean and direct," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It just works. We put it in place and said, 'This is it.' "

Walls of windows provide ample sunlight in the dining area, which seats eight comfortably.