15 December 2009

Haute Dining

The next focus is the dining room. Fortunately, we have built-ins to store the platters and wedding china we finally unpacked but haven't broken out. On a side note, the debate still continues about whether one should register for china. I love the idea of entertaining with it, and I made sure that whatever I chose would be fun, unstuffy and most importantly, dishwasher safe. But I had wondered if my taste would change once I settled into a house. It probably would have, but I still like my pattern (kate spade pompano point) two years later.

Our main fixture is an ornate Louis XV style crystal chandelier and we have six antique dining chairs from family that need to be reupholstered. To balance out the formality, I insisted we find a chunky farmhouse table, and we did: Haute Hot Haute in the Strip District is filled with a curated collection of bold and eclectic furniture and accessories. Our dining table is 82" inches of sheesham wood with a rippled surface. It's a great piece and seats 8.

We're left to repaint and (hopefully) reupholster for this round. I'm torn with trying to paint the built-ins as an accent wall, or if that will draw too much attention. Even though our room will be more detailed, I still love the clean lines here (from Domino).

Leaning toward a pale celadon or citrus for the walls. These are the top contenders for the chairs (the first two are Lee Jofa, and the Lee fabric on the bottom can be ordered at Penhollows.)

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