A southern home should be all things hospitable and the trend of incorporating round tables into entertaining spaces is just one of the many inspiring design elements of Nashville’s Southern Living Showcase Home open to the public in Dorset Park this October.

The round table was seen in ancient Chinese times as an essential part of the meal experience. The circular setting allowed more people to be seated and none was considered more important than others when seated in the round.

The circular table also encourages the exchange of ideas by serving as an equalizing element says Dana Goodman, ASID interior designer with Dana Goodman Interiors. She is creating the dining room of the Southern Living Showcase Home with a stunning glass-top table.

“As a feng shui consultant, it is very important to me to recognize that design elements chosen with these principles impact the way in which a family lives in a home. Round tables in dining rooms lend a more casual air instead of a boardroom feel. As a result, the family gets more use of the room instead just for high-family holidays,” Goodman noted.

The Southern Living Showcase Home’s dining table will not only evoke a feng shui principle but will be stylistically intriguing as well says Goodman. The pedestal is exotic teak root from Indonesia. It was excavated and repurposed for furniture production with no pieces of the tree discarded. Natural in color, it has been treated for residential use.

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An intriguing teak root pedestal top table, taken from designer Dana Goodman’s private collection, was featured in the Southern Living Showcase Home with custom chairs in Celtic natural linen fabric by Vervain.

Designer Jerome Farris of Peddler Interiors, reflects on the round table trend in the Southern Living Showcase Homes’ living room: “Depending upon the room, the round table can be a great way to make efficient use of space. The shape inspires movement with ease and encourages flow when entertaining,” Farris said. “We are excited to be using a gorgeous Marge Carson silver-leaf finished table with a metal woven metallic band. With two-tiers of glass, the table cleverly accommodates magazines on the bottom and decorative accessories on top.”

The area’s only Southern Living Showcase Home is open select times October 21 through November 6 in Dorset Park neighborhood in southern Davidson County with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville as the benefiting non-profit organization. Follow the build on Facebook and Twitter.

(Photo by Lynsey Waddill)