Thursday, January 15, 2009

A "fine" dining experience!

One of my 2009 commitments is to get more photographs of my work to the website. A couple of years ago, my dear photographer, Pat Shanklin, passed away and so it has unintentionally been a "back burner" item - which is silly because the only way you know what a designer can do is by examples of their published work. While I am in the midst of website updates, I can at least post some more recent shots. Thanks to my decorative artist and friend, Whitney Bayer, I can share some pretty decent examples of my work - and hers.
As usual, I digress . . . .

In this dining room, which was influenced by the client's desire for a mountain style retreat, we allowed the coffered ceiling to become the "fifth wall" in the room. The sections were treated with a faux, metallic product and the beams were stencilled with oak leaves and acorns. (I'll try to squeeze in a close-up.)

The silky drapery panels also have subtly embroidere
d vines. The chair seats are a weathered leather with nailhead detail and the back fabric is a perfect compliment to an area rug under the table. The curved upper back softens a room with many rectangles. Most important, they are c-o-m-f-o-r-t-a-b-l-e!

The dining table accomodates twelve guests, which happen to mostly be family members of different generations. They use this room beyond the realm of special holidays or occasions. It was such a nice compliment when the client shared how long everyone tends to linger, after a meal, because this is one of the favorite spots in the house. How often do you hear about people actually using their dining rooms on a regular basis?! I love it when we create beautiful spaces, but I love it even more when they can be enjoyed by everyone.
I think this is what we should really refer to as a "fine" dining experience!

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