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.
Another view. Take note that hidden storage for extra table linens et cetera is also invaluable.
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.