Client Project: A Green Dining Room

I don't have a before photo of this dining room.  (What's wrong with me?  You'd think I'd never blogged before! ;)  The only pieces in the room when I started the project were the old trestle table & chairs which I love.  My clients, Debbi & Mike, have 3 children- 2 at home a one at college.  They eat their nightly meals in the dining room and also use it for projects, homework, entertaining, etc.  They're an extremely outdoorsy & fit family and love camping, biking and hiking.  Their 70s house has large windows with beautiful views of the surrounding trees and if I didn't already call my house the "treehouse" I'd call this one the "treehouse."  Since they're so passionate about nature & the outdoors, I designed a room that feels textural, natural and filled it with with layers of greens and wood-tones.  

{Walls are painted in Behr's "Lion"}

I love the wax pillar candle chandelier & sconces.  They're simple and strong yet beautiful.



The curtains are an olive-colored paisley linen and we went with green tortoiseshell shades for a classic natural feel.  And, unlike me, Debbi can keep plants alive and I think they're perfect in here.


The oil painting was ours but now it's found the perfect home.  (It wasn't easy for me to part with, but it makes me so happy to see it here ;)  We chose Restoration Hardware's Printmaker's Sideboard and its massive size is perfect for dining room storage.  (Since Debbi & Mike also use their dining room to pay bills, some of the drawers are reserved for paperwork too.)




I set the table for a "summer dinner" and used glassware from Anthropologie.  (How gorgeous are the amber wine glasses???!)  I layed a massive squash leaf down for a fun take on a tablerunner.


Here's another view of the table:


I love the brass of the samovar (the huge tea pot) against the painting.  (I borrowed it from my grandparents because I thought it would look beautiful in here and now I think I need to find one for Debbi ;)


The dining room is a relaxed & subdued backdrop for whatever type of occasion is needed.  I think it looks just as beautiful when the table's bare.  (I'm going to want to keep coming back again to do more table settings.  (Knock knock! "It's me again to play dress up with your table!") 

Thank you so much to Debbi & Mike for trusting me & the design even when the wax candles nudged you a bit outside of your comfort zone ;) ;)   You're amazing and I can't thank you enough.


I hope you enjoyed & I'll be posting living room photos next week!  Have an awesome 4th of July!!!

xoxo, Lauren

42 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

Lauren, you've outdone yourself.
That brass samovar DOES look just perfect there; especially with all the mixed tableware. adding the brass and amber really set everything off. perfection. love the mix of greens, too; the olive with the sage greens. wonderful, layered feel.

great job...

Laurie Jones said...

The dining room is absolutely stunning! If I were the homeowners I might "accidently" lose the samovar! Oops sorry Lauren! (; It really does make the dining room! Perfection!!!

dec0r8or said...

I love the chandelier! Are those candles real, or are they electrified? I've seen both, that's why I ask!

I love the cowhide too....nice touch! Lovely room.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

L, it's great!!! You are very gifted. I can only imagine how good you are going to be...

Bryn said...

I loooooove this!!!! Great Job as always :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Lauren,
Love...love ...love it ... and I agree with all the others ... the Samovar is really stunning ... :)
Rajee

Michelle said...

It is beautiful!

LINDA from OEKE said...

Completely amazing. Most people would just plonk a table in, a picture on wall - and be done with you. YOU have taken it beyond perfect. Love it (-:

Ann-Michelle said...

Ooh lion is such a great color. My mom used it in a guest bedroom, and at one point I really wanted to paint the exterior of my house lion. I have to say, though, that even better is the color just down the swatch from lion, its called Twig Basket. Its such a perfect mix of gray, chocolate milk, and subtle green. yum.

lisaroyhandbags said...

what a beautiful room! and the painting looks stunning on that green wall. so pretty! : )

Mothership said...

That room could be in my house. I'm not kidding. The wall color is exactly the same and I also have warm wood and living greens. It is beautiful and inviting--also smart, what with the versatility and storage. Way to go, once again.

Verandah House said...

love it all, you are one amazing designer x

SogniSorrisi said...

Gorgeous! I die over those candles.

pve design said...

Looks like a perfect space to entertain and feel far away. I love the international, exotic flair of the greenery.
pve

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Great job! The room seems to really pull the outside in. I love the wax pillar chandelier and the RH sideboard!

shi(f)t said...

lauren--LOVE the room. it's gorgeous (and that sideboard.?! i died!) thanks for sharing

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Great job! The sideboard is wonderful....I was surprised to read it was from RH! The whole room is lovely....I am sure the homeowners love it.

Geb said...

This is so beautiful, Lauren! I love the wall color and all the tone-on-tone greens. They must be ecstatic!

Emily A. Clark said...

My favorite parts? The chandelier and squash leaf :) Love this room. It definitely has your signature on it. Beautiful.

Kara said...

Gorgeous room. And the oil painting is one of my favorite things in the room. :)

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

This room really does have an organic feel to it. I'm so coveting that tea pot! What an interesting piece.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

The brass teapot and the painting are my faves!! Funny that they were both from you. Also love that cowhide rug... really want to get one for myself.

Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

A perfect psh room!!! Looks awesome!

xx
dagny

LindsB said...

perfect room of course- I love all the earthy greens and browns, its a perfect place for a family gathering!

Have a great 4th weekend!

Robyn said...

Love the room! Where is the chandelier from? I know you are good at spotting deals. I'm currently looking for one for my kitchen island.

Jen @ Bloggers Abode said...

This is really-really pretty. I love your rooms L. Your eye and aesthetics are always 100% original, creative and beautiful each time. Have a happy and fun 4th!

LiveLikeYou said...

Fantastic design Lauren!! So stylish chic,great color choices, modern yet old fashioned with your own very distinct fab style!!! LOVE IT! Have a Happy 4th!

monkeygrasshill said...

Hi Lauren,
I see those samovars (even bought one for myself in pewter) at the Georgetown flea market all the time. I assume you already know that the flea market goes on every Sunday.

pretty pink tulips said...

Lauren, this is such a beautiful, inviting dining room. I love the mix....and I'm loving that rug! xo, Elizabeth

Kim said...

Really, really beautiful! Love the layered greens, the different woods. You totally nailed the look you were going for!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Lauren
this room is gorgeous.. I find the dark features comforting..and that gorgeous green sideboard.. reminds me of one my mum had.. Just fabulous...
Have a wonderful 4th July.. Julie

Velvet and Linen said...

Congratulations on a beautiful room, Lauren!
Not only is it gorgeous, I can tell that you really listened to your clients and created a space that suits their family's needs.
That's what makes you so unique!

xo
Brooke

La Petite Gallery said...

That Samovar is Russian, Ihad one very similar. Green is not my taste, but it looks very nice.


yvonne

Greet said...

Lauren,
Congratulations! You did a wonderful job! I love all that green and I love these chairs around the table!
Well-done!
xx
Greet

Kathysue said...

Lauren love this dining room. Green is a favorite of mine. The side bar from RH is wonderful and has so much potential for any room in the house. Kathysue

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Tiina said...

ah lauren, it's so beautiful! I love the candles above the table, the total green look, the rug(!!) and all the pretty items placed on the cabinet. yummy!

Maria Killam said...

OMG I simply adore how you styled this room, and the mix of greens, it's so you Lauren! Your clients are so lucky to have you!!
xo Miss you!
Maria

Debra Phillips said...

green being my fav color really makes this a knock-out! so soothing and sophisticated lauren, love it
debra

ps; hope i get to see you soon xo

nahdi said...

I can honestly say this is now my favorite dining room ever! Love the exotic mix of colour and texture. The wax pillar candle chandelier is stunning and the wall colour is perfection. Took my breath away - seriously!!!

Cristin said...

Love the eclectic style! Brilliant.

xo,
cristin

oguttin said...

Great story and furniture!
More cool room photos here that I found!

http://www.viewbug.com/photo-communities/my-favorite-room-photos