Casual, Practical Dining Room Design in Old Town Alexandria
Now that February is here, it is amazing how quickly 2015 went by and how much has happened the first month of 2016. I am really looking forward to so many projects on deck that consists of all types of rooms! (Nurseries, Family Rooms, Man Caves, Bathroom Renovations, Master Bedrooms, and Full Kitchen Designs). I'm seeing in a lot of my clients the need for an updated, "matured" space, that both husband and wife will love. It is also the need for a beautiful space to also be practical for their pets and children too. This day and age, companies provide so much more for designers as well as everyday consumers that give so many beautiful, yet very durable options - mainly regarding area rugs, fabrics, and bed linens. There truly is no sacrifice or compromise that now should be made to get an "all" white or "beige" room with accents or pops of color, that will also stand the test of time against everyday wear and tear.
The past couple of months I've been working with a family of 6, if you count the golden retriever, and I always consider pets as part of the design process and thoughtfulness in selections. After completing a couple of rooms in their Old Town home, we have moved into the Dining Room, first updating the paint color on the wall and new drapery panels. We have designed this room as a room that may eventually "grow". The clients who originally rented their home with their 3 children, have purchased the home and plan to renovate in the next year or two.
Much like myself, its hard to wait, especially when you are in need of a major facelift for a thoroughfare room in the home or a space that serves as the main area of entertainment. It is not unusual for me to feel it is necessary to design an entire room at once, even if the room will be purchased in phases. The lighting was our next priority on the list, and in order to specify the right size, style, and finish, we have selected almost all furnishings that will be purchased. Excitingly, last night I received an email to confirm they loved every selection in the room - with the exception of a second option for a Dining table, perhaps offering a little darker of a finish. Their kids, still young, enjoy coloring, puzzles, and doing their homework in this room - where the table in particular will need to be able to "take a beating".
Above we have discussed three different lighting selections, all a little over scale, to balance with the 44" deep new dining table selection. We love in particular the Quatrefoil chandelier in the middle with its clean lines, bone inlay material, and openness. I, of course, love the other options as well offering a lighter material and transitional style that will coordinate beautifully with the white glass lamps that will sit on the new buffet.
This room was such a joy to design. This family is so much fun, and I love the excitement after each of the rooms are completed and the push to get another room going. Even more exciting is the update we will see after we make our major home renovations and bring these selections back into a space, where I envision larger windows, bumping out the closet that currently exists in the space, more substantial crown molding, and the removal of their existing chair rail. If possible, additional can lighting is always a great update, where the lights can be placed on a dimmer to create different mood lighting gatherings.