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I’m thrilled to share that the Dove Hill dining room is featured on Domino today, with an interview on the Clare blog as well! The project was such a labor of love and a room in which I brought together some of my mother’s most treasured heirlooms with my own design perspective to create a truly “new Southern” space that’s both airy and rooted in tradition. Before even moving into Dove Hill I knew I wanted to pull the beautiful blue-green out of the dining chair fabric so the dining room was the perfect place to play with color and remains the only room that’s not white in Dove Hill (besides the lower kitchen cabinets)! You can read all about the refreshing paint-shopping process with Clare in my earlier blog post. Besides cooling down the room with the beautiful Headspace, I sourced stunning new Mitzi buffet lamps and a brass chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting to truly enlighten the space. Get the before and all the design details below!
The Hudson Valley Lighting chandelier provides a wonderful focal point to the room and is the perfect size and weight to carry off its slim linear arms. Keeping this linearity in the lights allowed a nice element of cohesion to tie the fixtures together. This chandelier has such a wonderful warm glow at night and the walls become a super soothing green in the incandescent light.
The buffet is a dominating presence in the room, so a lot of the design work was a balancing act for this piece. The slender brass and marble table lamps from Mitzi provided a nice contrast to the piece while tying into the design with warm, classic materials. I pulled from the colors in the chairs and accessories to create an airy abstract painting that would provide a light counterpoint to the dark wood and bring more levity to this side of the room.
One of the last things I added to the space but one of the most impactful was the addition of the red striped curtains I had made from this classic Pindler Huntington fabric. The injection of this dose of red is such a beautiful complement to Clare’s Headspace blue and pulls perfectly from the chairs and paintings.
This dresser has become a great place to store table linens and other entertaining accessories and is the perfect place for this incredible painting my parents sourced from a local student at a SCAD art show. I styled playful brass candleholders and a matte white vase to finish off this vignette, and these details brought a lot of fresh energy to this corner.
The bookshelves, originally brown wood, were painted with the same color paint to give them a built-in look and placed on either side of the opening to the living room to add some subtle architecture to the room.
I’m so excited about how the mix of stories and styles played out in one of our most used rooms in the house, and I can’t wait to share more living spaces from Dove Hill!