Exton Dining Room Project: Before & After

Woo hoo, it’s Before and After Wednesday!  We are starting to run out of professionally photographed projects, but thankfully we plan to shoot FOUR residences in the next month.  Hooray for big transformations and awesome clients who let me share their homes.  It is the reveals and the client appreciation that really keep me motivated and happy throughout this crazy renovation roller coaster.

Today we round out our Exton Project with the dining room. (See the whole home here.) Last week we talked about the often neglected formal living room – chronically unfinished and under used.  No room knows this pain more than the formal dining room, forgotten and forsaken except for a few holiday dinners each year. I love an opportunity to work on these spaces because I firmly believe that high style and function can happily coexist! Meaning: We like to create dining rooms that are practical, inviting and special.  Whether you are making memories over family dinners or just giving yourself 5 minutes in here with your coffee to enjoy your pretty view, the dining room can be a magical place.

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Our starting point for this room was the existing camel-colored grasscloth on the walls, which we decided was worth keeping and building on.  What wasn’t worth keeping?  The two tone wood floor!  First up was new hardwood to coordinate with the foyer and formal living room.  The three spaces are very visually connected so it was important that each room flow nicely into the next.  If you remember from last week, the formal living room has a rich blue wall.  My client loves blue and white, so we integrated these colors throughout the room as a fresh compliment to the warm walls and a tie in to the the adjacent spaces.

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As we thought through furniture schemes, I loved the idea of dramatic head chairs in this room, but wanted to give them a modern twist. I sourced these vintage wingback chairs, had the bases remade with metal, and re-upholstered them in this gorgeous overscaled ikat fabric.  I love a modern fabric on a traditional frame.  It feels timeless and exciting at the same time.  Dining rooms are a great place to go bold with fabrics.  Since there aren’t a lot of textiles in the room and you can afford to make a big statement, as with these chairs.

We wanted a dining table that could do double duty – stand up to daily family use, and yet be polished and comfortable for up to eight guests.   This particular table bridged that gap – just rustic enough that if a kid stabbed his fork into it no one would be the wiser, but not so distressed that a dinner guest would risk a splinter.   We rounded out the dining furniture with these klismos dining chairs (one of my fave styles of all time), and covered them in an impervious indoor/outdoor velvet. Finally we grounded the dining area with a cute striped indoor/outdoor rug that could easily forgive regular use by a young family.

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My client shares our love for fabulous lighting, so to keep this room from feeling too traditional or expected, we selected this Arteriors coral-shaped chandelier.  This is such a stunning, sculptural piece.  I love how it’s crisp, quirky and energetic.  It seriously makes me smile every time I see it.

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We commissioned artist Amee Calloway to paint an abstract triptych to fill up the back wall of the dining room.  It was fun to work with her to fine tune the colors and scale of the paintings to perfectly compliment the room.  The gold foil pieces were an extra pretty touch.

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The adjacent long wall houses a stylish new credenza, providing essential storage and a great opportunity to create a beautiful vignette.  I actually fell so hard for these lamps that I splurged and bought one for myself as well!

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I hope you have enjoyed our Exton project!  This client is such a sweetheart.  So trusting, fun and wonderful to collaborate with.  I’m looking forward to working together again some day.  Because there are always more projects… 😉

PHOTOGRAPHY BY COURTNEY APPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Amazing transformation! Such a beautiful space to work with.

  2. Akshay

    Great work… Loved your style. you have great creative mind.

  3. Louise

    I love the results! It looks amazing! Congrats!

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