April 24, 2012
Before & After: Client’s Dining Room
It looks like slate but was super-inexpensive. (I know, I know, chalkboard is EVERYWHERE… but I still love it in enexpected places!!) We had planned to use honed granite or concrete & I’m so happy she did this instead!!! It’s so convenient now to label food & drinks set out on the bar.
Last year, we began working with our clients who were undergoing a major renovation to their home. The renovation was a thoughtful reworking of the existing space with the only addition to the house’s footprint being the new screened-in porch. The entire floorplan of the first floor was reworked and my clients created a massive open kitchen with an attached dining room and entry out of what once was the kitchen, dining room, living room and entry. The wife likes bold fresh colors & has slightly modern taste while the husband is pretty traditional so we were really after a blending of the two.
We did the full house but I thought I’d start out by sharing the dining room with you. Here’s a photo of the dining room “before” which was at the back of the house:
And here’s the dining room now:
Like me, my client loves botanicals & we couldn’t resist these two massive ones by Natural Curiosities. I flanked them with large bright green lamps to balance out their size. The trestle table is paired with lighter carved chairs and I love the detail on the seat backs. We found the neutral Greek key rug at Stark. On the table, I used modern garden cloches on the table filled with ferns and orchids.
We had the existing sideboard laquered white and my client had the GENIUS idea of adding a wooden board painted with chalkboard paint to the top of it:
For curtains, we used an overscale blue paisley by Schumacher and throughout the house we used a combination of bright blues & greens. This project was particularly special for us to work on for a number of reasons and the “big reveal” had me teary… I want to thank my clients so much for letting us into your home & your lives.
I’m off for the day- am having contractions and am heading in to doc to check it out & am doubting this is “it” but they make you come in anyway so we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted!!
UPDATE: I’m home from doc and all is good & contractions will be coming & going but they aren’t painful enough yet to be very productive! Will keep you posted & hopefully I still have a couple mroe weeks to go 🙂
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