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Ever imagined yourself as the host of one of those intimate dinner parties portrayed in glossy ads, surrounded by shiny, happy people looking exceptionally beautiful in the soft glow of candlelight, gathered around a table perfectly dressed with a spread only a professional food stylist could have arranged, and thought, “my friends just don’t clean up that well.”

Well, we can’t help much with your social network, or for that matter, the menu for the Food Network challenge. (Hint: hire a personal chef and bartender for the evening.) We can, however, offer some insights on how to make your space look magazine-shoot ready.

Take that dining room for instance. A lot of homes today don’t actually have one, or at least, a dining room that is limited strictly to dining. “Builders are eliminating the traditional dining room in many homes today, in favor of more open-plan layouts and multi-use spaces,” says one design expert. “Furniture designers are following suit with multi- functional pieces that adapt to these spaces, and the changing needs and uses they accommodate in an instant.”

Stirred, Not in the Least Bit Shaken

Indeed, if your notion of extending the dining table to accommodate extra guests involves dragging a set of leaves out of storage once or twice a year and wrenching open the table from both ends to insert them, only to reverse the whole process when the party ends, it’s time to take a look at some of the newest designs in dining.

You’ll find cool table designs that are motorized with self-store leaves, as well as height-adjustable from table height to bar height for cocktails, and cocktail tables that raise up to dining height when everyone decides to linger into the dinner hour. Self-store leaves are ideal for the right-sizing crowd for whom storage is always an issue.

Other hip options created to make any event smoother and stress-free, are multi-purpose bars with plenty of storage, bar carts and other wheeled designs that allow a host to easily move the party—outdoors in or indoors out—and taller media cabinets that double as sideboards.

Fluffy Towels are Just the Beginning

To help guests staying the night feel welcome, today’s hosts and hostesses with the most, emulate world-class hoteliers and innkeepers in the thoughtful details. Offer a selection of fluffy towels, soaps and other toiletries in the bath, and empty space in either a closet or drawer (preferably both) for guests to stow clothing and other personal items. High thread-count sheets and cloud-like pillows are, of course, de rigueur. Those who truly expect to be remembered as a five-star establishment though had better investigate the American Leather sleeper, known among true connoisseurs as the ultimate overnight accommodation, not only for its exceptionally good-looking, patent-pending design that provides comfortable seating, but because it is actually exceptionally comfortable to sleep on as well. “American Leather Comfort Sleepers are easy to open and offer a wonderful mattress, in three sizes all the way up to king, and they are also available in sectionals, as well as sofas,” reports a Contemporary Design specialist. “I know, because of the six designers on my team, four of us have purchased them for our own homes!”

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Sklar Furnishings