Does your kitchen table look magazine great but your family flees as soon as possible? If the answer is yes, then maybe you haven’t made it comfortable, ‘key to those precious lingering family meals’ says Southern Living Showcase Home designer Beth Wilee Jones.

Jones, an HGTV Designer’s Challenge Winner, is creating the breakfast room for the Southern Living Showcase Home opening October 21 in Dorset Park nestled in southern Davidson County. The key, she says, to an inviting eating area is to emphasize comfort. “Many times, an everyday eating area has a hard, durable chair stressing form and durability over comfort.  I like to take the opposite approach by choosing a comfy, fabric covered chair which makes the family member want to stick around and talk beyond the “how was your day,” said Jones.

Southern Living Showcase Home Breakfast Nook

Southern Living Showcase Home Breakfast Nook

Jones is taking that approach in the breakfast room of the Southern Living Showcase Home mixing fabric covered chairs and side benches, heavily scotch-guarded, with an interesting trestle table. “Although someone older wouldn’t want to spend hours on a fabric covered bench, I love to pair bench seating in a more casual setting. Kids flock to a bench which doesn’t constrict them into a more formal environment and makes it seem more playful, like a picnic in the park,” Jones said.

Ultimately, if you are too afraid of messy kiddos in your kitchen eating area, Jones recommends a slip-covered parsons chair. You’ll be able to change and wash your slip-covers to match the season or decorating mood.

Here’s a pretty preview of the Southern Living Showcase Home’s Media Room by Bradford’s Interior designer Tressa Hudson, allied ASID. Hudson divided the spacious room into four flexible living areas including an inviting Game Area with a tall back, striped upholstered banquette paired with striking modified Chinese Chippendale chairs.

The Southern Living Showcase Home opens select dates October 21 – November 6.  Furniture, accessories and artwork are available to the public for purchase at the After The Tour Sale immediately following on Monday, November 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To find out more about Nashville’s only Southern Living Showcase Home experience, follow the build on Facebook and Twitter.