Dining Room Pictures From Blog Cabin 2011

A coastal-chic dining space, which faces south and boasts views down the Mobjack eastern shore, is tucked in a space that originally served as a farmhouse kitchen.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

The dining room provides a front-row seat to stunning sunsets, storms, the changing seasons and spectacular views of Mobjack Bay.

A simple beech, melamine-topped farm table, paired with exotic banana leaf chairs, accommodates up to six guests. Three additional saddle-style counter stools are tucked against the kitchen counter, should a party overflow into the cooking space.

Tabletop design takes inspiration from the home’s location along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Handwoven water-vine chargers showcase crisp, white ceramic dinner plates, topped with embossed stoneware salad plates.

Pin-tuck cotton napkins, slipped in shimmering coral branch napkin rings, prove a perfect topper for each place setting.

Blown-glass stemware becomes the star when displayed on a plantation-style serving table with an antiqued linen finish.

A hand-tufted wool area rug anchors furnishings. The vine design echoes a subtle coral theme repeated throughout the room.

A collection of fine Virginia wines finds a home in a DIY wine canister rack, crafted from galvanized heat ducts and installed in proximity to a hand-painted chalkboard wall chart.

A glass candle hurricane filled with river rocks stands in place of a formal floral arrangement. A sea-blue table runner pulls together the room’s coastal-chic color palette.

The serving table suits the room’s diminutive size. Decorative sea-glass bottles create a decorative vignette when paired with stoneware dinner plates and a bottle of wine from Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, Va., a two-hour drive from the property.

Oyster shells and a bleached crab shell lend sculptural quality to the tabletop. Thoughtful — and locally sourced — touches include a Mathews County Public Schools cookbook.

African-wood chargers, handcrafted in Germany, recall the undulating shapes and patterns of driftwood.

Reflecting light throughout the space, wooden mirrors, clad in layers of oyster shells, pay homage to the Tidewater region’s oyster farming tradition.

The kitchen’s casual, cottage style extends to the dining area, where DIY wall art takes advantage of the bay’s beachcombing treasures.