Shannon Berrey

Cottage Dining Details

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

This 1920's dining room rescue first appeared in Cottage Living Magazine several
 years ago. But, I love it so much that I thought we would revisit it.

Here is the beautiful After:


And here is the Before:

Katherine Cobbs, with the help of Decorating Editor Anne Turner Carroll, tackled this
Birmingham dining room that was full of an array of traditional antiques. 

The original buffet is framed within the addition of the dramatic hefty built-in bookcases.
The eyebrow arched entrance into the room from the foyer on the opposite wall was replicated
 within the bookcases. This is such a great feature! 

The walls and bookshelves were covered in Pigeon (25) in Estate Emulsion finish by Farrow & Ball
and the back of the niche {behind the buffet} was done in Crown Point Sand {Eggshell} by Ben Moore:




The ceiling and trims were done in Monterey White {BM}:

Coincidentally, I just installed the almost identical curtains in a creamy cotton that I added the
same blue ribbon detail to! They look just like these! They are living in a clients master bedroom.
{hollar Jane!}

The newly recovered rich mohair stools are tucked in front of slices of tall mirrors which
flank the entrance, but can be pulled up for extra seating when needed.

The {fantastic} art adds a refreshing contemporary touch. I love the way that the subtle
touch of golden yellow in the canvas speaks to the gold leaf base of the glass console
and the ornate mirror over the buffet.

The entrance into the kitchen features a curtained portiere instead of a door--loooove.

The original chairs were kept and recovered in 2 coordinating fabrics, but they now sit
around a round table. The gigantic lantern is stunning -- I love the way the blue hue of
the zinc in the lantern plays with the blues in the walls and fabrics.

And speaking of fabrics, you can get a better glimpse of one of the chair fabrics peeking
under the table in this image. Look how the table setting seems to be pulled right out of
 that beautiful floral print!! Amazing.

Let's soak in all the details one more time....

{pics via cottageliving via myhomeideas, photograppher Erica George Dines}


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Rene commented on 04-May-2011 12:41 PM
I love that dining room too and am still missing Cottage Living. This just proves that good design is timeless.
shannon berrey commented on 04-May-2011 11:29 PM
Oh Rene, how right you are!
sherry hart commented on 09-May-2011 12:32 PM
I remember that article also...and like Rene, I am still morning Cottage Living.....I always loved that painting over the console.
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