Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Nyree & Bill's Dining Room Dilemma

A young family from the Atlanta area wrote me for some advice on three rooms in their home that are in need of some design attention. I am so happy to give them some ideas within the limits of some of their requests. I am going to do three separate posts on the redesigns. The first room I wanted to tackle was the dining room because they don't really have one yet! Although the home is traditional in style, I wanted to add a modern flare. This room below was my inspirational room!

So I would describe the design board as transitional in style. As you can see below the dining room has some beautiful features. The wainscoting, windows and hardwood floors are great. They love the dark red upper walls which they want to keep and prefer dark wood furniture if possible.

So here are some of my ideas!

I love this simple pendant for over the amazing dining room table. Add eight of these gorgeous chairs and the room is starting to come together.

Restoration Hardware

Dining Room Table in Mahogany by Z Gallerie

Eight Chairs in Putty by Overstock

I think this style drape in the fabric below would frame her windows beautifully. 


I would use the this rod to compliment the drapes.

Restoration Hardware

She also requested some extra storage so I thought a pair of my favorite lamps by Nate Berkus would look amazing on this chest with the mirror by Pier 1 Imports. What do you think?

I would like to ground the entire room with an area rug like this one at Anthropologie.
It ties together the putty color in the drapes and chairs and the black and red accent colors in the room, my favorite piece of the room by far!

Finally, for some finishing touches that would complete the room.......

Art work for the walls, take your pick from these pieces from 1stDibs, I just love them!

A framed antique Turkish wedding dress and a framed collection of antique italian wax seals. I would have them reframed in gold.

Then a few more accents and the room is done!

Vases from 1stDibs

Succulent arrangement by Spruce somewhere in the room for greenery.

Tray by Restoration Hardware

So these are some of my ideas for their dining room. Some of the items may be a little pricey but hopefully readers these can give some ideas if you have a similar room in your home. Stay tuned for the next room I will work on which will be the formal living room. Thanks for visiting my post today! Cheers!


  1. Thanks for the great ideas! Looking forward to more!

  2. nyree.. you should totally do the first picture!! i love it!!

  3. love the turkish wedding dress and italian bells idea for framed art!! nyree do that.

  4. hello. do you know the name of the blue paint color in the inspirational room?

  5. Fabric and laces are available at reasonable prices for making any kind of thing.