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Project Portfolio: Dining Spaces
(before and after photos- click on photo to see full size view)
This dining room is in the same farm house as the living room of the same name on the Living Spaces page. It was such a dismal mess when the gentleman owner acquired the property and he wanted a warm, inviting room that would welcome friends for frequent, long, luxurious dinners. First, I found an antique Tibetan rug in Santa Fe, New Mexico and pulled from it the deep, rich, brick red for the walls and the silvery blue for the silk drapes and a matching blue suede for the upholstered Parson's dining chairs. The 400 lb table is walnut with rosewood inlay and will never leave the house except by crane! But by farm my favorite element in the room is the hand-blown glass chandelier. A cascade of lit sculpture that is as beautiful when the light is turned off.
With an architectural style that incorporated a piece of every single historical motif the builder could think of, this interior was a blank slate waiting for a love story to be written. Fortunately, the clients have a contemporary sensibility with a desire for comfort, so I was able to color a little outside the lines! The wall covering is a metallic-painted, corrugated cardboard, the custom designed buffet is cherry with white leather doors, and the wool fabric for the drapes reminds me of an exquisitely well tailored man's suit. The clean lines of the table and chairs allow the art installation and chandelier to command attention.
The half wall separating the dining area and the upper level housing the kitchen was moved toward the dining area by 2 feet to give the kitchen more floor space. This caused a bit of a dilemma for the buffet in the eating area, which would have made the floor space in that space too tight to comfortably pull out the chair at the table's end. So I designed a custom buffet and had half of it recessed in the empty cavity under the kitchen floor above, giving back one foot of extra space to the dining area. Now all the rooms are happy!