A Glam (But Casual) Dining Room Plan
My dear friend recently finished a huge renovation of a historic victorian home in suburb near Boston and I'm the lucky girl who has been tasked with furnishing the home. (You can see the rooms I designed for her children here, here and here). Right now we are putting the finishing touches on the living room (aka waiting very patiently for some backordered furniture) and have since moved on the the dining room. Usually, I dream of a blank slate when designing a space but in this case the team that my friend worked on the initial renovation with did such an amazing job selecting lighting and wallpaper with her, my part is even easier because all I have to do is make it shine!
Going in my friend said that she wanted her dining room to be a little glamorous but also casual. This is not a family that throws dinner parties on the regular, so the idea was to create a space that would work for them when family or friends came over for an elegant affair, but was also one that she could dine in with her three young children. The only catch is that my friend loves neutrals and of course, I was bound by the current wallpaper and lighting.
Here is what the room looks like now. We put a rug pad in the room get a feeling for the size of the rug we would need and this is a table that is on it's way out when the new one comes in.
Here was what I came up with for the space.
As you can see the samples differ slightly from the web images, but I actually like each better in person than I do in their virtual form!
For this room I first started with the rug, as I thought that would be the most difficult piece to find. Luckily, Serena and Lily had just released their new collection and when I saw the brown patterned rug above, I knew it was the winner! I really liked the idea of doing an oval table in this space and I thought that doing a marble tulip would be a great way to bring in some glamour. Once I saw that bronze base on the table above I was sold on the idea. The sideboard was chosen to ground the space with a strong piece of furniture and I love the mid-century vibe that this one gave off. The room itself isn't huge but I wanted something for the wall that is opposite the fireplace and I thought a bar cart would be the perfect feature size wise, and it would also be incredibly useful when entertaining guests in the space.
You all know that I don't often do neutrals, so in this room I really wanted to bring in another color that was neutral and I thought that gray would be surprising and unique. I also wanted to find a chair that had an interesting base, since their legs would be seen below the table. I was perusing sites when I found these gorgeous gray chairs with the aged brass legs and I fell in love. THEN I saw the tall version of the chair and pretty much squealed out loud, These babies couldn't epitomize the term causal glamour any more if they tried. The best part, they are a polly blend which makes them ideal for young children!
The final piece was the artwork and I knew I wanted something big for over the sideboard. I had been wanting to use this framed textile in a project for a while now, and it really feels like it was made for this room! For over the bar cart I wanted something more organic and thought that this image from Namibia would bring some softness to the space. In lieu of the Namibia piece, I also had the idea to go to the Historical Society and see if they had any old images or blueprints of the home that that dates back to over a century ago. I would love to frame something visual from that time to pay homage to the original home and this would be the perfect place to do it in! Over the fireplace I'm going to have a mirror installed and I'm thinking something with a little grain in a vintage finish would be nice. For the fireplace itself I'm thinking it might look nice with a fern set inside (it's gas) or maybe a bunch a ivory candles.
I really couldn't be more excited about how this space is going to turn out. I think it covers all the bases- it's glamorous yet casual, it's child friendly, it's neutral, it's unique and most importantly it's going to be beautiful! The before on this one is already stunning, I really can't wait to show you all the after! Xx