A Modern-Vintage Dining Room

Project:  As soon as I stepped into this Capitol Hill rowhouse, I knew the project was right up my alley.  The front living room was painted in a deep charcoal gray and had accents of teal velvet and vintage wood furniture.  We needed to update the lighting on the first floor and make the oddly-shaped dining room work for this family of three.

The fireplace in the dining room was gorgeous, but it got very little natural light, and nothing was centered (not the doorway, the fireplace or the light fixture!).  Instead of making any structural changes, though, we came up with a design plan that made the space as light and bright as possible, and as organic as possible, so that the asymmetries now feel natural.  The Schumacher “Birds and Butterflies” wallpaper replaced built-ins that were only collecting dust, and the large Nelson pendant gave a lovely bright light to the whole space.

On the clients’ list of priorities was to have a durable dining table so that they wouldn’t need to worry about it with their young son.  We used a Room & Board custom Pratt table with a quartz top – indestructible!  The key here to mixing the modern and vintage look was the use of the white metal legs – they’re not too cold, just crisp and modern against the Pottery Barn dining chairs.

And, finally, one of my favorite Benjamin Moore paint colors, Palladian Blue, made this room airy and inviting.

Design Challenge:  Nothing was centered!  So we used some visual tricks and made the space feel organic and purposeful.

Best Part:  How the space feels when you’re in it!