“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”
– Ina Garten
BEFORE – DINING ROOM
Coming out of the dark! The previous owners dining room was gloomy even on a sunny day. With grey walls and heavy drapes, coupled with a tight configuration of large furniture, the space felt cramped and very dated. When we sat down to plan this room, the wheels started churning on how to elongate and brighten the space so it could be filled with curated treasures.
Hard to believe this is the same room! By placing the new dining table vertical instead of horizontal we were able to double the space allowing for plenty of storage and surface areas for serving. Painting the walls all white from top to bottom makes the furniture and art work pop and adds to the illusion of the room being bigger than it actually is.
This hutch tho! I found this antique European beauty a year before our clients moved in and knew it would be the perfect piece to anchor the dining room. In amazing condition with hand carved details stained in black, you know those lion heads put me into a frenzy.
I have a serious love for vintage throne chairs and snatch them up as soon as I find one on the hunt. These beauties have different details that add to their whimsy and charm. Stripped to their natural wood to make them less fussy, and reupholstering in Turkish silk velvet, made these eclectic chairs cohesive around a vintage farmhouse table we stained in black for a dramatic contrast. A sisal rug adds some texture to the light wood floors leaving the furniture the stars of this room.
A pair of vintage brass lamps look good as new after some TLC and new custom shades to modernize. Wooden troughs turned planters flank our favorite brass top decanters. A double bistro sconce is a fun way to add height to the room.
Who loves a good bar cart?! We do, we do! Solid brass and faux ivory are a win win combination. Set beneath antique wallpaper renderings (we scored these from a one of a kind textile dealer), this cart is ready to rock and roll at their next party. See what we did there? wink, wink. Stay tuned for the next part of this Modern Vintage Domicile.