25 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Set the Tone

The dining room is going to be the first spot that you see when you enter our house. And trust me, you’re going to see it. The windows were installed yesterday. They are quite beautiful, in my opinion, and way bigger than I’d thought. That’s a good problem to have, but we’re definitely going to need some blinds.

In any event, I’m particularly excited about picking out pieces for the dining room. There are so many possible looks. I love mixing and matching types of woods and styles. I’m not yet sure what size table we’ll be able to fit in this room, but here are some shots to get things going.

Below: It doesn’t hurt that the setting for this room is quite dramatic, but I think these chairs have it all. They’re comfortable, sleek, and I haven’t seen them in thousands of homes. Photo by Richard Powers.

Below: Another totally unique look. Not sure about the comfort factor, though. Photo care of RUM magazine.

Below: Yes, Hans Wegner wishbone chairs are everywhere, but they are beautiful, aren’t they? I love the light wood paired with the dark oak table. Photo by Ray Main.

Below: Another set of Wegner chairs care of Bulthaup. Bulthaup not only makes the most beautiful kitchens, but some pretty fab tables as well – light, durable, sleek. I love this look.

Below: Beautiful Cherner chairs care of Specht Harpman Architects.

Below: Jean Prouve all around, care of Taschen. From the table to the chairs to the lighting – it all works for me.

Below: A practical option that fits perfectly in this space. Design by Burd Haward Architects.

Below: Oh where can I find these chairs? I’m not sure where they’re from, but I love the look paired with a big parsons table. Photo via Emmas Blogg

Below: Bryan Adams Paris apartment featured in Elle Decor. I did a recent posting on the living room in this home. Now for the dining room, which is as equally amazing – old school desks make up the table, Bulthaup cabinetry, and flee market chairs – a pretty creative mix that completely works.

Below: This is the dining room from the home of Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs founder, and her husband, artist, Stephen Ormandy. It was featured in Vogue Australia in their Jan / Feb 2010 issue. The space feels airy and modern, yet lived in. I wouldn’t mind snagging one of those paintings, either.

4 Jun 2010

Living Room: Set the Tone

For our new home, we’ve opted to forgo a traditional front living room. Instead, we’re going to have the dining room near the entrance, the kitchen in the middle of the house and a good-sized living room at the back of the house.

This is the space where everything will come together – our choice of windows, furniture, the rug (of course). We need to decide what type of bookshelves we want, how the fireplace and TV will sit together. You get the picture.

I’ve been clipping lots of shots for inspiration.

I see Bryan Adams in a whole new light after catching a glimpse of his Paris apartment. It was featured in Elle Décor a few years back. The space is refined and minimalist. The entire apartment is beautifully put together in a way that doesn’t feel too “put together”. Definitely worth checking out.


Ditto for Dixie Chic Emily Robison. I’ve posted this image before, but I thought I’d include it again since I think the room has a great vibe.

Here are a few clean, simple spaces that caught my eye
Above: Light Locations; Living Etc.; Emmas Blog; Steven Harris Architects; Metropolitan Home

And, then there are some spaces that are just plain old spectacular without needing very much added at all. Check out these digs…
Above: Joseph Dirand; Poteet Architects; Richard Powers Photography