Jul 30, 2012

design plan:new construction dining room

at the beginning of this year, i worked with a client about to begin construction on a new house.
we worked on all of the rooms of the main floor together.
most of the "basic" selections were already made---she knew she wanted dark hardwood floors, white kitchen cabinets, and also knew she wanted a soothing palette of neutrals mixed with soft blues and greens that reminded her of the beach.
the house was completed a few weeks ago, and my client has slowly been implementing the design plans i created for her.
here is a peek at the design plan for the formal dining room:

my client had most of the pieces already--a great wood table,  formal queen anne style chairs, a pair of lamps and a pretty buffet. since all the pieces are wood and very traditional, we wanted to bring in some color, and add in some modern elements and details that would help the room feel fresh and updated.
here are a few items that were on the plan:

1. covering the upper walls in a soft teal colored grass cloth
2. installing inverted pleat banded silk drapes in off white and taupe
3. adding a clean lined, transitional chandelier
4. recovering the seats of the chairs in a soft toned geometric fabric to update them. (we settled on "la fiorentina" by david hicks. yes, this fabric has been everywhere...and for good reason. it is beautiful and always looks great)
5. changing out the shades of the existing lamps from cream to black for more contrast from the walls
6. adding a balanced arrangement centered on a round mirror to the wall above the buffet.
7. creating some large, abstract art for the side wall (my client is a closet artist!)
8. *adding a fun sunburst medallion to the ceiling.

* i will be showing you a peek of this room tomorrow, along with a look at a fun project that you can do yourself that adds tons of character to a room!
happy monday!

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