A master of mixing vintage treasures with modern decor, David made his house a home, one piece at a time. He cleverly laid two desktops across antique sawhorses to create a massive dining room table that can comfortably accommodate more than a dozen guests. A midcentury pendant hovers above a collection of flea market finds pulling the eye toward the room’s gorgeous built-ins and coffered ceiling.
In the dining room this family shows that they are not afraid to experiment with color. A vintage dining table has been painted a bright magenta. Upholstered hairpin leg dining chairs add to the vibrant mix. Along the original wood railing is housed one of the home’s more intriguing moments - a series of George Washington paintings surveys the room. The collection, which began accidentally, according to David, is a “study in contrasts,” as many are prints or amateur interpretations based on the original work by Gilbert Stuart.
In the open plan space, a living area that easily seats eight adds another colorful note to this interior. The mix of styles is engaging. A large farmhouse table sets the scene. Dining chairs have been upholstered in an eye-catching striped pattern, in a color that mirrors the home’s bookcase. To top it off, a beautiful flea market-sourced chandelier adds a vintage touch to the space.
Plaid and gingham and polka dots, oh my! Aniko Levai of Place of My Taste cleverly mixed fabric scraps and inexpensive wrapping paper to create this fun and festive table decor. Leftover fabric covers the tablescape’s conical “trees,” dots the pinecone-and-greenery centerpiece, ties cardboard reindeers around vintage glass bottles and finishes off the place settings.
The fantasy continues in the dining room. While the white walls and hardwood floors may be standard, even typical for a Brooklyn brownstone, what happens between them is anything but. In this room a surrealist light fixture designed by Paul hangs low over a thoroughly modern set of dining chairs. For a contrast from the metal furnishings, a vintage Norman Cherner armchair captains the table. On the floor, a hand-painted rug brings a big splash of color to the space which is presided over by even more fantastic sculptures of creatures, seashells and plants.
Decorative lanterns, vintage or new, are one of the easiest and most attractive ways to add lighting to an outdoor space. Cluster them on the dining table, group them at points around the edges of the space or line them up on a wall — the options are many and varied. You can use real wax candles or outdoor LED “candles.” The San Nicola Lantern shown here, $99, from Grandin Road, comes with three battery-operated flameless candles.
White is a classic tone often used in shabby chic designs. HGTV fan rnhey wanted to create a light, airy dining room ideal for casual year-round entertaining, so she used this fresh hue as the base for her entire design. The upholstered cane-backed chairs, freshly painted table and vintage marine life prints are reminiscent of relaxed summers and shabby seaside homes. White beadboard walls allow the sand-colored curtains and accessories to act as complementary accents rather than simply appearing in the background. For an elegantly shabby look, combine your rustic pieces with more contemporary counterparts. The white table and rattan chairs feel ultra casual, while the symmetrical prints, pleated draperies and dark wood serving tray deliver a perfect hint of refinement.
Habachy Designs wanted to create depth through texture. The chandelier is made from natural Nguni cow horn in Africa, the table is made of solid wood and clad in antique brass and textured. The dining chairs have a clean, modern silhouette but are slipcovered to give a more casual look. The atom bowl holding succulents is made of iron and hand-crafted which gives it more character. Accessories throughout the space are artifacts and imported pieces from Africa and Asia. The vintage lion door knocker was an accessory that was found, custom mounted and had a stand built specifically to showcase the piece on the mantel.