Dinner Parties and Dining Rooms

Considering my love of cooking (and eating!), dining rooms are very dear to my heart. My favorite form of entertainment is the dinner party, gathering a well-matched group of friends, creating a flavorful menu, and enjoying the fascinating discussion that ensues. In designing a dining room the dynamic of the dinner party isn’t far from my thoughts: no matter the size, shape or style of the room, there should be a warmth, intimacy and sense of occasion conducive to a convivial group of friends enjoying food, wine and good company.



For this Fall dinner party I used a white tablecloth with champagne stripes, antique limoge china with a pattern I love, multicolored antique glasses, candelabras, a sprinkling of red flower petals, embroidered antique napkins, and mini pumpkins. I often work with clients to assemble evocative compositions of china, linen, flatware and accessories that make a dining room glitter for special occasions.



As we strolled through her new country home my client mentioned that she needed a dining room that could support large sit down dinners. Our tour of the home made the design solution clear: her family room was the perfect dining room. The fireplace, mantel and wall above were remodeled. I chose a country table with plank top, accompanied by a large country sideboard with fluted pilasters. A dramatic French tapestry highlights the lofty 18 foot ceiling and delicate, oversize lanterns seem to float over the scene.



An archway leads to a dining room I designed in the traditional French style. An Aubusson rug provides a classic platform for the mahogany table. The chairs are custom Louis XVI covered in Nobilis, the crystal chandeliers by Vaughan. The eye is drawn to the openness and drama of the elevated trey ceiling through the use of a light, sky blue paint color, while the yellow damask on the walls adds a subtle pattern and radiance in the formal French manner.



Iridescent striped wallpaper, pearlescent glaze paint and a Thomas O’Brien hand knotted wool and silk floral rug encircle the ebony finished trestle table. I used a long, narrow vase filled with stones and fresh moss to show of the willowy flowers. All that’s missing is the tinkling of glasses and polite murmur of conversation.



This stately dining room began with the choice of a bold red fabric from Coraggio to upholster the walls. Counterpoint underneath was created using a dado panel and a bench under the bay window. The table is an English traditional double pedestal, with Chippendale chairs, under a magnificent crystal chandelier. The rug is custom, the round table an antique, and the walls feature the owners extensive art collection. But it all started with the wall fabric and the color red.

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