Recently a longtime client called us back to design her dining room. It sat empty for the first few years of living in the home and she was finally ready to enjoy the space. But she didn’t want your typical formal, no-one-ever-uses it, forgotten dining room. Instead she was envisioning more a lounge space. The catch was, while it DIDN’T want to FEEL LIKE A DINING ROOM, it still needed to be able to functionally sit 20 at holidays. Huh? How do you create a LOUNGE that can seat 20 people and doesn’t feel like a banquet hall? Turns out, it just took a little creative floor-planning and one custom multi-functional table.
Let’s start with the space itself. Pros: vaulted ceiling, nice natural light, french doors out onto a deck. Cons: the red and gold color scheme, the lack of furniture.
We needed a focal point. We chose a textural ledgestone for an accent wall in the dining room. While the room would be mostly neutral, we opted for a little pattern in the seating area. Natural materials are star of this room; stone, rustic woods, leather, bronze. The scheme of mostly gray with a hint of teal/ turquoise felt just right.
Once Dad and the guys started setting the stone, I knew we were onto something good…
I’m super pleased with the final result…
A big “loungey” part of the scheme is the beautiful patterned sectional that wraps two sides of the farm table.
It’s cozy enough to plop into for a game of cards, reading, or a homework spot, yet also is super functional for dining. We had the fabric treated so there is no worries devouring pizza or wine while lounging.
As for seating for 20? Well we accomplish that with this reverse drop leaf console table.
Most of the time it lives against the stone wall and serves as a buffet.
But when needed, the top can flip out into a full sized second dining table.
Coldren Design built it to match the store-bought dining table perfectly.
One fun element was transforming my client’s existing hutch.
We took the doors off, painted it turquoise and moved it to the side wall below.
We also added mirror to the back of the dining hutch.
I love that it modernizes the piece and reflects both the stone wall and light from outdoors!
A FEW FAVORITE DETAILS
The stitched leather side chairs.
And the structured, modern sconces against the stone wall.
The Everday Floor Plan
The 20 seater Plan
Get the Look
Dining Table – Restoration Hardware
Console Table – Custom by Coldren Design
Sectional – Ballard Designs
Chairs – Rejuvenation
Images by Courtney Apple