Friday, July 21, 2017

A Different View - Before & After photos of Dining Room Space

Kristine Mullaney Design  - Commonwealth Ave, Boston 

Everyone loves a good before and after! Recently I posted this view of a dining room completed a couple of years ago.  I have been getting inquires for the wallpaper/ carpet/ art and many other items in the space. So, figured I would list it all here and give a bit of story behind creating the space. 
I have posted another photo of the this space a couple times (seen below) but never this view. It is so interesting how people respond more to one view of the space than another. 
All photos by Michael J Lee 

The client wanted to room to be used as a formal dining room and to have a traditional and bright feeling. We of course needed to restore some of the wood work and also close up the walls due to the previous sconces being taken out of the walls. Then we got to the good stuff, the design! 

Here are some of the design elements in the space;

1) A gorgeous steely blue wallpaper called Tussah Damask, but Zoffany which can be found here 
    Also wallpapered the ceiling in the ground color of the damask. 

2) I custom matched the wall color to ground of the wallpaper, which took no less than 8 trips walking back and forth from Johnson paint on Newbury to Commonwealth Ave. Paint is a tricky game, and can take many hours to create the perfect color. All paint done in a gloss finish. 

3) Antique Reproduction table I found on First Dibs, and then we had it refinished in dark Mahagoney stain. You can find a similar dining room table and chairs, here at M-Geough 
Upholstered the chairs in a Stark cut velvet, which is a combination of orange/beige and greens. 

4) An enormous chandelier from Elements Trade , the client wanted to see this chandelier on his walk home from work, from the Commonwealth Ave mall. If buying retail you can find it here

5) This spectacular Antique Khothan carpet from Landry & Acari , really adds such a beautiful color and interest to the space.

6) Art - 
A large Jeffery Terresons piece, is unexpected - you can find Jeffery's work at Newbury Fine Arts.
Terresons dramatic and unique encaustic technique, adds major texture and bright color in an otherwise very traditional space. 
The clients own French Architectual prints on the opposite wall, fill up the space nicely. 

7) I kept the original brass valance, it was charming and meshed with the space. Added this simple relaxed roman shade in a gold silk from Schumacher 

8) Table Top -  A classic Minton service (Vintage), and custom Cauldon England (Antique) rimmed soup bowls. The ruby Moser, Czech Republic hand printed  goblets, add a blast of color I felt the table needed. All pieces,  from the lovely Lori Hedtler at Devonia Antiques in Beacon Hill. 

The transformation, seen below, is pretty dramatic and the client loved how it turned out!! 

                                                                     BEFORE PIC

Also a really great article by Marni Katz on this entire floor though here and a segment from NECN here 

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