Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Delightful Dining Rooms

Delightful, opulent, casual, formal, light & airy, bold & beautiful, refined & relaxed…..dining spaces at their best.  By exploring some of the elements in these rooms you may find yourself wanting to linger just a little longer, savoring the meal, the company and enjoying the atmosphere.   
image  Erin at House of Turquoise introduced us to this stunning home of one of her readers, Desiree Ashworth who has an inspiring blog, Decor de Provence. This lovely home is in Provo, Utah and the amazing photography from Ashlee Raubach.  The room has a natural ease that soothes the spirit, with a stunning sparkling chandelier, cream upholstered nail head accented chairs against the rich herringbone wood floors create a vibe that is elegant yet rustic.

Dining areas seem to lean towards more casual today, mixed with a touch of elegance creating a relaxed setting can be achieved by mixing styles and finishes, along with adding pieces that have a warm patina.imageThe super talented Brooke Giannetti on her blog, Velvet & Linen shows us how she spruced up her dining area with a new lantern, a zinc industrial table, and a mix of fabulous eclectic chairs (custom, new & family heirlooms) which all sit on top of a jute rug create a calming, yet fresh and inviting atmosphere. 

LAYERING: with linens
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This dining space evokes the spirit of a French farmhouse that is rustic in nature, but with a sophistication all it's own.  Draping the table with it’s relaxed layers and the slips and cushions on the chairs and lovely crystal chandelier will find their guests waiting around for seconds. 


John Saladino Willa Dilemma CDT






John Saladino layers the table in luxurious linens which imbues a classic look that is both refined and glamorous in both of these stunning rooms.








 image Eric Prokesh uses an opulent layered skirted table surrounded by gorgeous French Louis XVI chairs is a recipe for a classic elegant dining room.

SLIPS (and not the ones for under your skirt) for the chairs:image Amelia Handegan created this formal dining room with it’s crystal chandelier, gilded ornate mirror, and stunning statue,  is made to feel a little less dressy by slip covering the chairs with a short pleated skirt and button details. 

image  Solis Betancourt used restful colors in this dining room along with wonderful detailed slip covers, rich wallpaper and an elegant chandelier creating for a very soothing comfortable feeling.

 LIGHTNG: A dining room provides a welcoming ambience for guests. Like pieces of good jewelry, a chandelier complements the room and helps set the tone.
DavidIatestaDecorativeCenterCDTlightingblog David Iatesta ‘s amazing products show off beautifully with it’s elegant lighting in this stylish space.  This is a fresh take on a classic clean look blending modern and traditional nicely.

image  Stephen Shubler Design, dining in San Francisco style with it’s bold fresh pattern accented with black, along with an eclectic mix of furnishings make this room feel classic with a contemporary edge. 
 image Christina Rottman  creates an old-world Mediterranean sensibility, with a rococo chandelier from Formations and an 18th-century Italian baroque wall hanging. House Beautiful 

DINING TABLES: If you are in the market for a dining table, whether it be classic, French, Swedish, vintage, Italian, casual, refined or distressed, below are a few favorites. 

image image Hickory Chair Collier Table Suzanne Kasler's

imageGustav Round Table from Hickory Chair, available in custom finishes and designs you can personalize it to create: 
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BAKER   French Provincial table with a deeply recessed apron, a volute hexagonal base with scrolled feet.










Lillian August for Hickory White  reproduction trestle table of reclaimed lumber.

image Century Furniture 

What elements wet your appetite in a dining room?


  1. I love the linen layering, and the naked wood. Gorgeous! Great compilation!

  2. The Eric Prokesh room is a favorite image! Personally, I love the intimacy of a round dining room table-no hierarchy. But they are not nearly as easy or enjoyable to decorate the tops!
    Wonderful collection of spaces above.

  3. These are my kind of dining rooms!

  4. We are in the process of re-doing our dining room -- getting rid of old, ripped wallpaper, and intending to replace with paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Oh I adore a dining room. It's the one place that can look put together and totally finished all the time. Brook's is beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a beautiful post! So much eye candy. Love the linen / nailhead French chairs, chandeliers and tables you selected.


  7. I really don't know where to start. You have featured so many gorgeous dining rooms. Love,love the Saladino images!!


  8. I have been looking at many photos of dining rooms, seeking inspiration where the table color and chair color do not match. Our dining room needs contrast, badly! The tables you've featured here are all so architecturally appealing. It makes me wish I could replace our table.