This dining room needed just a few changes to become the elegant and inviting space the client wanted. The gorgeous table and chairs were inherited period pieces, and had started to show their age. Since the antique sideboard was a different style from the table, we needed better accents to make them work harmoniously. The chandelier was too rustic for the dining room and furniture. And the mirror didn’t fit at all—not interesting or elegant enough.
We started by having the tabletop refinished to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. A new, more contemporary drum light fixture from Room and Board added texture, and set the tone for the neutral color scheme we wanted (we moved the old fixture to the entry, where it worked better with the house’s craftsman features). We added a seagrass rug under the table for even more texture, and to give the space warmth. Silk window treatments add an element of refinement, as well as some shine. For the accessories, we went with silver to contrast all the wood and brown tones in the room. Silver decanters, a crystal lamp, and a rich walnut and silver mirror give the sideboard a much more refined look. A simple hand-blown glass bowl from Simon Pearce and two large prints complete the space.