dining room + pendant light desires

When I moved into my new apartment, all I thought about was making the best of the high high ceilings witha  lovely chandy or pendant light above a reclaimed wood dining table.

But the pros of having a large sectional couch {which dexter loves to spread out on} outweighed the pros of a large dining table.  A charming 300 year old drop leaf table (below), that folds into a console when Im not entertaining, was a more practical alternative.

Still, I cant help drooling and dreaming of a dining room with marvelous light fixtures like these someday. If it were up to you, would you go for a large comfy couch or a large dining space?

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