Formal Dining Room in Vienna, VA

A few weeks ago I met with a really sweet couple looking to achieve a formal design for both their Sitting Room and Dining Room situated at the front of the house, mirroring each other from across the Foyer entry. After our initial meeting, I was thrilled to get started on their design to have the right balance of glam, with comfort and practicality! 

Side Note: I have so much gratitude to my previous clients who have been amazing in referring me to their wonderful friends, I credit them and thank them for introducing me to such sweet individuals.

   My client sent a few inspiration images to portray her wishes as far as style and energy for their space. This picture really spoke to me with the upholstered chairs, silk draperies, subtle wall covering, and dark table for contrast and depth. Achieving comfort and elegance is key.

 

My client sent a few inspiration images to portray her wishes as far as style and energy for their space. This picture really spoke to me with the upholstered chairs, silk draperies, subtle wall covering, and dark table for contrast and depth. Achieving comfort and elegance is key.

Starting a new business has been one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences in my life. I love the details and the challenges. I love working a small, personal space where I can stop to run to the grocery store or pick up dry cleaning for a short mental break. (I don't take for granted getting to sauté asparagus for lunch!) The woes, or woe, for me personally as a designer comes with furniture or fabric delays. As all designers have experienced, this is one of the biggest challenges in this industry. Specifying the perfect product that will arrive within a reasonable time. I wish everything could be made in a week's time and installed a week after! 

   DINING ROOM FLOOR PLAN: When designing the Formal Dining Room, our goal was to select items within budget and also items that were in stock and available to ship within a 4-6 week time. This includes the rug, wall covering, draperies, installation, etc. This is a challenge I enjoy, as I too like to have a room completed in a timely fashion, when possible!

 

DINING ROOM FLOOR PLAN: When designing the Formal Dining Room, our goal was to select items within budget and also items that were in stock and available to ship within a 4-6 week time. This includes the rug, wall covering, draperies, installation, etc. This is a challenge I enjoy, as I too like to have a room completed in a timely fashion, when possible!

The most important thing in a space, when designing for my clients, is the overall balance and function of right selections and materials. This Dining Room became a lot larger on plan than it felt in the space, which is great! The bigger the rug the better, and I love a large chandelier! 

BEFORE PICTURE: Taken during our initial design meeting.

BEFORE PICTURE: Taken during our initial design meeting.

When I met with the clients, we both knew right away we wanted to see a nice wall covering on the walls above the wainscoting. The large windows on the front of the house would be comforted with full panels complimenting the rug rug and other soft good items. The walls are pre-wired for a pair of sconces to coordinate with a new, large chandelier.

ELEVATION: Portraying the placement and scale of sconces and art.

ELEVATION: Portraying the placement and scale of sconces and art.

CONCEPT BOARD: Formal Dining Room 

CONCEPT BOARD: Formal Dining Room 

The rug selection is a Bamboo Silk/Cotton Blend, making it very comfortable, elegant, and practical for our space. We love the simple curve to our Dining Room table, that extends from 78"L up to 118"L, as well as the Caracole upholstered side chairs with a natural nail head trim! The brass detail on each give the little bit of glam and finish we were needing! 

Thank you for tuning in and I look forward to posting pictures of our completed project in the next couple of months! Xoxo - Casey Sanford