Though the dining room is often left to its own devices in favor of its more approachable sibling, the kitchen, it's still a place where the special occasions and the drama happen--both in design, and in period English miniseries. So we've indulged in a ten-course menu of our latest favorite examples: from a¬†sleek scene complete with black bubble chandelier and turquoise wood seating courtesy of¬†Portland, Oregon-based designer Jessica Helgerson
, to the art-filled Manhattan penthouse of ¬†Diane Von Furstenberg
, where an expansive¬†√Čmile-Jacques Ruhlmann table¬†is graced with rainbow woven Franz West chairs. Use these images to whet your thirst for a redesign of your current or future banquet hall, and start with the dining table at the top of our list, featured below.