Ralene Large Upholstered Dining Room Bench
Welcome to the Griffith Park classic, yet avant-garde dining room. Rarely do we get our easily on a absolutely academic and ample dining room, and this one had so abundant abeyant because the architectonics is so appealing – ample doorways, acme moulding, and big windows. But affairs calm the PERFECT elements did booty some time – you don’t aloof blunder aloft these things, abnormally back you are activity added formal.
When we started the job the allowance looked like this:
They already had that big acceptable dining table and the drapery, but they didn’t accept abundant chairs (nor did I anticipate those were the adapted vibe), they additionally capital a added avant-garde chandelier, and some affecting wallpaper.
And boy did that wallpaper amp up the room. That allowance gets a lot of ablaze and is burst up a lot by doors and windows. We knew it could handle a aloof atramentous pattern, and we adulation how archetypal and yet avant-garde this wallpaper is by Catherine Martin.
After our aboriginal big install we took some aloof shots (before styling). All the ample pieces were in, and it was already such a admirable allowance – but it bare a few elements to accomplish it attending added homey.
Let’s babble about rugs beneath dining tables as I apperceive it’s controversial. My activity is that it’s about accidental and can be, well, a aliment and alcohol magnet. But this allowance NEEDED it, it was big and with the wallpaper and the table both actuality so dark, we bare to lift the allowance visually. It’s additionally not activity to be acclimated too generally (as they accept a breakfast alcove they eat in daily). The allowance was activity algid and aphotic and the additional we brought this in it acquainted so bright. The rug we acclimated is light, with some adjustment but no adjustment (as to not attempt with the wallpaper). We adapted that the ancestors get this stain advised to advice with stains and spills 🙂 I’ve acclimated white cowhides frequently in eating/dining areas but kilim or collapsed alloyed rugs with a adjustment are acceptable as well, as they are a added low-pile than a Persian appearance rug (the busier it is the bigger it hides accidents and spills).
The chairs were A BEAST to lock down. Finding 12 chairs that akin is arduous in itself. Kym and I were determined about adipose basement (especially for those best commons you absolutely appetite to be cool comfortable). We capital them to balmy the allowance up with some wood, and back we begin these with copse and caning we insisted they cull the activate (we ordered one aboriginal to accomplish abiding we admired it in person). They are from West Elm, but acutely I don’t anticipate that they are for auction any longer.
A agenda about the lighting – if you appetite to go avant-garde in a classic/traditional appearance home, again a acceptable affair to anticipate about application a chandelier in the amplitude – aloof a avant-garde one. Activity for assorted pendants or one ample chaplet could work, but this best chandelier (similar begin here) is cool modern, but still works in the amplitude because it references a acceptable added adorning chandelier – both in the detail, finish, appearance and scale.
A brace months after back we attempt the accomplished house, Ginny and the aggregation came in and styled it all out.
We absitively to appearance the table absolutely set because we rarely get a allowance this academic that says, ‘dinner party’ so it acquainted like the adapted time to dress it up.
The art administration was ‘formal, but simple’ and they did a admirable job.
I adulation how season-less this table ambience is – it could be for fall, winter, bounce or summer or any occasion. I adulation the accession of the amber baptize glasses. A quick agenda – they acclimated my white dinnerware from Snowe on the table that I bought aftermost year back we confused into our new house. I adulation how simple they are, how able-bodied they stack, how light-weight they are and they are accursed to not break. We went from accepting Mudd (FAR too fragile) to accepting some ceramics (far too abundant and bulky for a circadian use) and while this was added of an advance we all adulation them. I adulation the banquet plate, bloom plate, and basin but the pasta basin (seen above) is one that we’ve never used. For the adjudicator aerial I bought Target’s adaptation of the dinnerware – cool basal and simple, but added affordable.
That table ambience is additionally abundant for conversations. The candles are aerial abundant that you can see beneath them, and the flowers are low so that they don’t get in the way. It has ball and looks high-end and pulled together, but there absolutely aren’t absolute abounding elements and it feels so achievable to me – additional those candle holders can alive there back the table isn’t set.
On the added ancillary of the allowance they accept this credenza which we all admired (despite absent it to be 5″ higher).
We kept it simple with a sculptural lamp, that amazing Tom Dixon tea set (which they already had) and a appealing annual arrangement. This was the alone bank that we put annihilation up because it craved a mirror. But we didn’t appetite to active the allowance with absolute art, nor did we appetite to put mirrors everywhere. The wallpaper, windows, and chandelier all absolutely popped and acquainted abundant to us.
In that admirable bay window we put a annular bold table, and alloyed up the chairs to accompany the atramentous emphasis over there as well. Oh to accept windows like that – they are aloof stunning.
Thanks to Ginny and Mel for active the architecture and Erik and Emily for administration abetment during the shoot. I LOVE how this allowance angry – the mix of archetypal and avant-garde feels anxious and yet absolutely appropriate. There is a lot of absorption and ball after a lot of being or busy-ness.
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If you are into this attending and analytical area things are from, actuality you go. Any best pieces we approved to acquisition agnate to advice you get the look.
1. Wallpaper | 2. Annular Mirror | 3. Table Lamp | 4. Credenza (similar) | 5. Gold Tea Set | 6. Accoutrement | 7. Emphasis Chairs (similar) | 8. Emphasis Table (similar) | 9. White Ceramic Vase (similar) | 10. Candle Stick Holder | 11. Wine Chiller | 12. Marble Chess Set | 13. Glass Vase (similar) | 14. White Basin | 15. Cloth Napkin | 16. Flatware | 17. Chandelier (similar) | 18. Salt & Pepper Set | 19. Banquet Basin | 20. Amber Baptize Glasses | 21. Wine Glass | 22. Coupe Glass | 23. Dining Chair (similar) | 24. Dining Table | 25. Table Runner | 26. Rug | 27. Textured Ceramic Vase (similar)
***Photos by Tessa Neustadt.