09 Oct DASHING DINING ROOM
“No animal should ever jump on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain he can hold his own in the conversation.” – Fran Leibowitz
I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP MR. DE MILLE
This handsome guy rules the roost and followed us around every where we went throughout this remodel. Although he is a perfect gentleman, now he can relax in the game loft while the family is dining.
BEFORE | DINING ROOM
Blonde walls were beckoning for change. With the rich tones of the rafters already a perfect match for the dining set, something dramatic needed to occur for this backdrop to fit the rest of this chic home. Since many of the rooms in this home are in one vast open space, we wanted to give each space it’s own feel. Everything chosen for the dining room, needed to flow into the living room behind it.
Oh what a difference one wall can make! Flocked floral paper by Manuel Canovas in a dark cerise was a no brainer. Keeping with the common areas of the home, we painted the trim and window frames a deep rich grey. This gorgeous dining set was kept in pristine condition by its former owner, none other than Spencer Tracy. I’m crazy about the history of items, and this beauty is no exception. We waived goodbye to a traditional rug and rolled out this Jonathan Adler Oculus rug that was a perfect match to the Livorno Limonata fabric we reupholstered the chairs with.
BEFORE | DINING ROOM
Kiss my brass. I can’t get enough of it, the perfect blend of gold and bronze. We found these etched Chinois lamps on the hunt and gave them new life with black paper shades lined with reflective gold. A brass edged glass table top was re purposed as a tray for the wine bar. Our favorite trio of decanters set the stage with a vintage set of monogram glasses from the fabulous Dorothy Thorpe.
Pink peonies, the Mrs.’ favorite flower are simple and stunning in a glass urn. Gold bar sconces were replaced with Thomas O’Brien Library picture lights in hand rubbed antiqued brass.
From every angle, this room has a weight to it. Without being stuffy or too traditional, the playful wallpaper and lightness of the rug and fabric welcomes guests to sit down for a delicious meal and equally good conversation. Did I mention, this house was made to entertain?! Just wait until you see the library and sunken den…