subtle elegance

Some rooms come together quickly…and others take a bit more time to realize.  The latter was the case with this Mountain Brook, Alabama Dining Room.  Designed as an addition to this home, this space needed to be able to accommodate the family of six who lives here–and a few dinner guests as well.  At first we were going to do a big rectangular table but several months into construction we decided with the owner to place a round table in the room instead (another off-the-truck find Doug and our client scored one day!).

Aren’t the chairs gorgeous?  From the start, Paige knew she wanted to use them in the room.  The Chippendale Side Chair from Hickory Chair normally features pleated box skirts that fall just below the seat.  Doug worked with Hickory Chair to customize the pieces with a full length skirt that adds softness and elegance to the room.

Once we had the furniture plan figured out, we still had to tackle what to do with the room’s interior architecture.  Doug worked with the home’s architect, Jeff Dungan, to consider a number of options.  They looked at a barrel-vaulted ceiling; continuing the paneling from the adjacent Living Room; and a flatwork-ceiling among other things–but ultimately arrived at a simple and classic chair-height wainscoting.  The design of the wainscot paneling reflects that of the Living Room but gives the space its own identity.

Above the wainscot we were still left with the issue of what to do with the upper wall surface.  We knew simply painting the wall wasn’t enough so we decided to utilize another great design from Whitewall & Co. (a venture of our sister company, The G Brand).  Rather than paint the design in a contrasting color, we opted to use a clear glaze for a subtle effect that mimics wallcovering.  The talented crew at Jan Hale Studios applied the design to the walls in stunning effect.

[the Troupe Square design from Whitewall & Co.]

The sconces that flank the transferware collection hung on the wall, by the way, are antique Tuscan pieces.  We like their sculptural quality without candles — the pale greenish blue finish doesn’t specifically relate to any other color in the room but we think that’s what makes them work so well in the space.

So what do you think of stenciling with a more subtle effect?  It’s certainly a different look from the bedroom we designed for the Southern Living Idea House or Doug’s Birmingham office, but we think just as effective and unique.

[photos by Colleen Duffley]

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