Formal Dining Isn’t Dead

Busy, busy, busy.  That is what we all constantly proclaim of our lives to others as if we need to remind ourselves of just how busy we are.  Are we really that busy?  It’s perfectly OK to do so because Ioften catch a case of the busies which is why I haven’t posted in forever.  Saying so, I figured I might as well give you a glimpse at what has kept me sooo busy.

A whole house redecorating project for a lovely young professional [Lady E we shall call her] that desired a lil bit of modernity and comfort for her first home in the quiet suburbs.  The project began with deciding what remnants of apartments’ past would make the cut and what new fancies would be recruited to take it all to the next level.

Your first glimpse into this ongoing project is the dining room.  She was not totally convinced of the need of a formal dining space at the beginning.  I brought to her attention that the room doesn’t have to be just for holidays.  It can be comfortable and is perfect for larger dinner parties whether five-courses are served or a down-home crab boil.

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Luckily the previous owners had good taste in paint, so the smokey blue walls were set to stay. The room really sprang off from some great seating finds at HomeGoods.

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The gray chairs coordinated well with the blue and were just dressy enough yet easy to sit in for a stimulating after-dinner discussion or card game.  Not to mention the settee was too fun to pass up, plus it helped with conserving space in a narrow room.
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We had chairs but no table.  We luckily came across this sturdy gem at a local spot before it was snatched up by another designer.  The details are everything from the tabletop grain pattern to the modern tapered legs.  One word of advice: don’t be afraid to pay for delivery because lifting real wood is similar to jackin a 1970 Cadillac Eldorado.

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I passed the buffet on 2 separate trips to the Accent Prone shop before calling up Lady E. Surprisingly she was just as intrigued with the alternating wood stains and panel details as I was.  The added storage has also proven very valuable as a catch’all.

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Artwork is always essential and the large-scale horse portraits from Havertys add life and camouflage the long wall expanse.  The antiqued copper chandelier with speckled glass from CA Lighting is art unto itself and catches everyone’s eye even with its low profile.

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The home is off to a good start and I can’t wait to share more with you.  Just hope I don’t get “too busy”….

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Ohh-lanta

It’s funny how things fall in line if you pay attention to the sequence.  In an earlier post this week I mentioned the verbose and yet lovable NeNe Leakes of the smash reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta which just had a fiery season premier last week. After witnessing the show’s shenanigans, I discussed with a friend how the classic city of high powered corporations and southern charm has risen to the heights of the media due to its influx of hip hop masters and their mistresses, fashion whores and overall wannabes.  Reality TV and music have diluted the grandeur of the historic locale and replaced it with pretentious hyperactive normalcy in the public eye.

Soon there after, I came across a blog post on The Decorista titled The New Atlanta in which she highlights a stately Atlanta home designed by mother-daughter tag team Margaux Interiors Ltd.  The home was gorgeous and classically modern.  Such a joy to work on that the designers fixed it up twice for two consecutive families that called the place home.  It was even featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine both go-arounds.  The design truly exhibited the New South in how it mixed antiques of various periods with more contemporary textures, colors, patterns and art.  Bold, yet understated was the attitude that proved to be comfortable for a young family and yet appropriate for formal gatherings.  I was relieved to see the more refined side of Hotlanta in the spotlight and reminded of why I love the South and its future.

I need this room. Masculine and cool. Makes you want to don a velvet jacket and smoke something expensive.

Never forget the steps, often a mixed opportunity but not here

Don’t be afraid, teal is back

Yellow never looked so good & its just enough

Fun color combo and the art makes it all make sense

*All images: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

City Modern NYC

There is no question that New York City is the pinnacle of the design realm of fashion, architecture and interiors in America and for much of the world.  Dwell and New York magazines are celebrating the city’s design thumb with the 2nd Annual City Modern Festival which ends on October 4.  The past week has been full of programming and home tours exhibiting modern architecture and design.  Some of design’s most powerful intelligencia participated in panel discussions, including architect David Rockwell, brand-genius Jonathan Adler and Thos. Moser furniture designer Adam Rogers.

Last weekend there were 10 gorgeous homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn that were open for the curious peruser.  Wish I could have attended but at least I found some great photos of the cool pads.  This is definitely on my to-do list for the future.

Fractal Pad, Manhattan

Meatpacking Loft, Manhattan

Skyhouse, Manhattan

Salle Residence, Brooklyn