If it tends to become a ghost town or a junk heap, why not recast the dining room as a creative space? Heather made a commitment by drilling holes in her 10-foot table to accommodate the cords for two buffet lamps. Built-in shelves create an intimate, library-ish feel. Lucite chairs on one side of the table and a bench on the other make the table feel casual and inviting for school projects and homework. To step it up for the occasional dinner party, the bench is swapped out for matching Lucite chairs. On holidays, this table can take on a crowd of 14.