We tackled the architectural elements first with wainscot and paint.
The walls needed some real attention in this room. We were dealing with the same bumpy plaster as in the foyer, but instead of smoothing it out with a plaster coat, we opted for a flat paint in a dark gray color. (Flat paint hides imperfections the best.) The DM crew installed wainscot on the lower portion of the walls. I love how the crisp white offsets the gray and the detailing makes the room more traditional and finished. Note: we painted the window mullions. I like how they look like iron windows now.
3 gold stars if you remember me sharing this portion of the project forever ago.
Next we filled in with furnishings. My clients like modern, but not too cold, so I thought the combination of the Panton chairs with the farm-style trestle table was perfect. The family can eat at the table with no worries of scratching or denting the rustic top. I love the chairs too because they can be wiped down so easily. Perfect for a family. The skirted head chairs were a nice softening balance. I need to mix in some traditional with my modern. The warm pink rug ties in nicely with the one in the foyer. Flatweaves are great for dining rooms- easier to clean. Oh and the chandelier? I’ve had a crush on it for a long time and it was fun to be able to use it. ( I should note though that when the lights are on the color is a little weird. It wasn’t a home run for us.)
We had a little “moment” in the bay window. The lacquer console by Jonathan Adler is such a great piece. We paired it with two x-stool cover in yellow Chinoiserie silk. I don’t have any good pictures of the stools! So sad- they are really pretty.
I love the sideboard we used in the room. It’s modern yet classic at the same time. I like how structured it is compared the dining table. It helps formalize things a bit without being stuffy.
This is just a terrible spec shot I took myself but I wanted to share this angle of the chairs. I don’t use a ton of mid-century pieces in my work, but it was fun to use these iconic chairs . Oh and I love that mirror from West Elm. It’s such an inexpensive way to add a little pizzazz to a wall. (Great across from windows to reflect light!)
I’d say its quite the transformation. I really love the space now and I know the family has been enjoying it. Can I just say, I love when people actually use their dining rooms? I think that’s cool.
Philadelphia Area peeps, we are for hire! What can we transform for you?
Tune in next week, I am sharing my absolute favorite room in the house. The living room. It’s good, guys.