Bringing Drama To a Dated Ada Dining Room



This just might be my favorite space in our Ada House on the Hill project. Something about the layers of blue, warm yellow, and funky sputnik chandelier makes me feel oh-so-cozy while at the same time being super sophisticated.


The dining room in this space had loads of potential: a massive wall of windows looking out into the beautiful woods, high ceilings, and being set aside from the rest of the space, it has a rather formal feeling.


Previously, the walls were each a different color, making the space feel chopped up. Instead, I wanted this space to feel cozy and set apart—like it was a real treat to walk into that part of the house!


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We went through a few versions of this space during the design process, and I love to share this because it's such a good example of how spaces get refined following the presentation (it's super rare that clients love every single piece we bring to the table!).


The first two style boards are what I brought to presentation for my clients. Exactly the same, but with a different set of dining chairs. I went for a more geometric style in the rug, feeling this leaned more midcentury modern, which was their main style influence, brought in some color with a large painting, and a warm wood credenza as well. For the chandelier, I chose large, linear, sputnik inspired—but with a modern twist—piece. This piece I LOVED, but I definitely felt it was a stretch style-wise for my clients.




VERSION 1 | GEOMETRIC RUG + CREAM CHAIRS + LINEAR CHANDELIER




VERSION 2 | GEOMETRIC RUG + YELLOW CHAIRS + LINEAR CHANDELIER




The overall concept stuck, but it needed some tweaking. They loved the yellow chairs, the warm wood tone, and the oversized mirror, but wanted to move it in a more traditionally midcentury modern style. They also wanted to go with a rug that wasn't so light, and that perhaps brought in some color. This leads us to our next style board, in which we find a new table, light, and rug, as well as a refinished vintage sideboard from local furniture extraordinaire, Simple Redesign.



VERSION 3 | VINTAGE WOOL RUG + MCM SIDEBOARD + SPUTNICK CHANDELIER




At this point, we were getting warmer and warmer. The furniture elements were all in place! We liked the rug, but wanted more blue tones, and my clients also decided they were keen on the idea of wallpaper, so we went to work selecting something textural, but neutral. After narrowing down our options, we had three main contenders for wallpaper:



WALLPAPER OPTION #1


First up was the darkest option, which was also suuuuper textured. You could literally pull fibers out of this amazing wallpaper. We loved this option, but it was the most expensive of the three, and it also made the space feel juuuust a tad too dark.




WALLPAPER OPTION #2


Next up was the simplest of the three. This was a beautiful, minimal but textured paper, and had lots of depth with its mix of dark and light blues and greens. This was a great potential option.




WALLPAPER OPTION #3


Last up is our winner! This fun selection, while not particularly light, was the lightest of our three options, and we loved the subtle geometric pattern. It also looked incredible with the velvety fabric we selected for our custom draperies...I've never done such a monochromatic pairing with wallpaper and draperies before, but I loooooved the way this turned out. The paper and fabric are just barley a shade different from each other, and it looks so dreamy!



Alright, so now that you've seen our plans and have a feel for how we got to where we got, let's get into some after photos! Here's another peek at the before before we dive in:


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