10/3/12: Before and After

This is the “before” of a dining room that belongs to a couple who enjoy entertaining and like to have fun.  The dining room was not conducive to either and I was brought in to help.  The room was painted a rich paprika color within the past year.  That was our inspiration.
323 before

The tall square table only allowed seating for four, the overhead lighting was a builder option and the art really didn’t make a statement.

So with new furniture, lighting, art and minimal accessories…the room was transformed!
323 after

after 1
The table was the first purchase. It is a gorgeous mid-century, Danish modern table with two hidden extension leaves that seats 6-10. This was a Goodwill find and the homeowner sanded and restained it to bring out its natural beauty. The green faux leather chairs are new and the armchairs are mid-century as well, re-upholstered with a rich teal fabric. The room is not large so the overhead glass fixture does not take up much visual space.  I kept the window treatments simple so they wouldn’t compete with all the color.

after 2
This rustic credenza from Nadeau was the ideal piece for under the windows and the colors blended perfectly. The homeowner wanted to display her crystal so glass-front doors were the answer. The accent lamps complement the wall color, coordinate with our armchairs and fit just right under the windows.  The vintage Pennsylvania House mirror and tall vase add just the right amount of sparkle to the corner.

after 3
The original artwork is fun, colorful and helps to tie the whole room together.

Overall, the room is a blend of eras, styles, textures and finishes. However, the balance of the warm, contrasting colors makes it all work together.


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