Here is refinement with a rustic element. The cabinetry offers more permanent display while the piece to the left offers a surface for serving if desired. Love the openness of the space, for navigating up and down for delicious seconds.
This built-in area blends the kitchen space with the dining area, and offers a cleaner, more modern look. The white allows an eclectic display without chaos.
The full view of how well (and meticulously) the room blends together. This take on a buffet is completely accessible and discreet.
I adore this space for the fact that non-kitchen pieces have been brought in for a cohesive and live-able space. Though not accommodating as is for a large sit-down brunch, the space is very versatile.
This photo inspired an idea: if you want a buffet or display area, shutters like these can segment a large spanning wall, shelves can be added, and a small dresser can be added for the same purpose. I love how linear the shelves make the room here.
And of course: the traditional dining room with a traditional side buffet. Complete with coffee and tea service, and a morning dose of refinery.
A popular picture (added to over 70 ideabooks) of another buffet rendition.
Another popular buffet and dining area--awesome, in the original sense of the word, blend of modern and traditional.