Building A Room Around The Dining Table: Casual Elegance

Building A Room Around The Dining Table: Casual Elegance

Leah Moss
Jun 17, 2011

Is it normal to actually dream dream about a table? Probably not, but this table— spied at Silk & Burlap —has made its way into more than one of mine lately. The steel and reclaimed wood beauty would look lovely with other industrial pieces, but paired with a little opulence and a little earthiness, it takes on a sort of humble sophistication.

I often think its best to provide strong pieces of furniture with an even match, so rather than giving the heavy dining table total center stage I'd temper it with some of my other visually commanding obsessions, all of which share that same sort of "sturdy and substantial without being overbearing" quality. And sadly, all of which happen to possess that "bad for the budget" quality as well.

The table is available through Silk & Burlap, which has a fabulous new location in Frederick. I'd pair it with Ochre's Arctic Pear Chandelier, which is everything that's wonderful about crystal— classic, special, and sparkly— without being too formal or fussy. As discussed in this post on glass & crystal drop chandeliers, at $3,690.00 - $8,900.00, the Arctic Pear is tragically expensive, but this is a dream room right?

For serving and storage space, I would add in Crate & Barrel's teak Pacifica Buffet , $999, which is about as simple and unfussy as it is beautiful and practical. Its clean lines are a nice compliment to the dining table, without being so similar in style that it would compete with it. However, just to make sure the no frills buffet wouldn't get lost, I'd top it with Serena & Lily's Alabaster Ring Lamp, $395, and an oversize, antique peacock mirror or a reproduction, available at Wisteria for, gulp, $2,399.00, or from Restoration Hardware beginning at $895. The layers of round decorative mirrors mimic the crystal drop tiers of the Arctic Pear and add to the room's elegant side. I would add a touch of green by suspending a couple of Terrain's Hanging Drop Terrariums, $78 overtop.

To balance the industrial vibe of the table, I would choose Terrain's Steel Wire Chairs, $398, which are a fun mix of modern and country, whimsical and substantial.

To soften the table, I would dress it in casual linen from Brook Farm General Store and EmersonMade, $52, and earthy Nuestra Tierra Chamba servingware from Toque Blanche, which I discovered through the stylish Camille of The Vintique Object. For a modern and earthy centerpiece, I would use an assortment of Shane Powers Neolithic Vessels from West Elm, $14.00 – $29.00, and greenery.

And for dinner (and breakfast and lunch), I'd serve water, because after splurging on this dream room, that's about all that I could manage...for approximately the next one hundred years.

Images: Mood Board by Leah Moss, products as linked above.

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