Finding Niches and Alcoves for PatternMany years ago I saw this dining room by Sarah Richardson, for a charity lottery house in Vancouver, in Canadian House and Home. I cut it out. I knew one day I wanted my dining room to look like this.
In the Master Class of the December/January House Beautiful, Alexa Hampton says, "Dining rooms can be challenging to decorate because the furnishings are so prescribed. A table and chairs, always in the center of the room, with perhaps a sideboard. How do you make it interesting?"
The answer, of course, is wallpaper.
But the dining room in my new house was actually a dining area, defined by a light fixture, a partial wall, and little else, part of a larger open space.
One advantage of an open concept house is the feeling of spaciousness, even in two thousand square feet. However, for one who loves pattern, the opportunities to wallpaper are not great, as I mentioned here. Besides bedrooms, and other separated spaces, like the powder room and maybe even the front hall, there are little spots which seem to want to draw attention to themselves. The pattern of wallpaper can help make these spaces special, as I have read.
In our dining room, there is a little bumped out space where our sideboard perfectly fits, which eases dinner time space issues. At first I painted it BM Blue Grass, but then the whole front two rooms became Blue Grass, so it needed something else to distinguish it.
Something like this tropical house featured in the book Rooms to Inspire by the Sea, which I bought last summer.
Dining area alcove with Shand Kydd Budgie in aqua/green.
Here it is from a wider view, from the stairs.
|Dining Room from above|
The lamp is from my grandpa's house, as was the dresser I wrote about. The sideboard was my parents', which will be in a future blog, and is painted Georgian Green. I got the idea of putting beach sand in the base of the hurricane lamps from Frances Schultz's dining room in Bee Cottage. The green buddha is there to confer peace on the diners. While I have read several books by Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron, and therefore influenced by Buddhism, I am not a real Buddhist. The hydrangeas were my birthday flowers. The painting is by Manly MacDonald, a nephew of J.E.H MacDonald.
I think it is a little bit of my inspirational picture of the dining room by Sarah Richardson.
It makes me wonder if there is another little spot to use up more of the roll? Yes, I have a few ideas, but I will save them for another day.