“The dining room in my old house was magnificent, but by far the worst room for conversation. I’d get up from the table, a very long table, and somebody would always say, Paul, I never got to talk to you.” – Paul Lynde
DINING ROOM | BEFORE
A dining room is a place where family and friends gather to break bread and talk about anything from the current political news to what a child did at school that day. For a young family, it should be a place of beauty, but comfortable enough to want to sit back, relax and enjoy the plat du jour over great conversation. Turning a beige room white (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) from floor to ceiling, and removing the venetian plaster and fleur de lys, was the logical first step to turn a dreary room bright.
The floors were stained a rich ebony color further updating this dated dining room. They needed new furniture but wanted to still use the vintage captain’s chairs that came from her child hood home. You should have seen those – they were dusty pink! A good sanding and fresh paint (Benjamin Moore’s White Diamond), coupled with new upholstered seats in Shumacher’s Abaza Resist and linen back pillows brought these into the 21st century.
A jute rug is an inexpensive choice to add texture and blends the new parquet top table and carved drum chandelier together. I am a big fan of using jute in areas of high traffic, at that price it’s affordable to replace once it’s past the point of return.
I love reflection in a room and this beveled mirror was the perfect choice to anchor an area filled with wood.
Vintage Indian Chief candlesticks | Vintage Alabaster Grapes (my new obsession!)
You don’t have to spend a fortune on flowers, and tall vases obstruct the view at a dining table. One of my favorite simple arrangements is made by taking a log, branch or chunk of bark and adding moss. You could use a number of different flora, but my favorite is always the heads of orchids. Their simple elegance and rich color make an effortless display and is easily interchangeable. Even without floral tubes, these beauties will last the night and hold their shape. If you could change one thing about your dining room, what would it be?