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.
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.
This little moment in the dining room reflects how Angela incorporates minimalist principals with colorful whimsy throughout the space. The artwork, painted by her two eldest children when they were just toddlers, is not only a great conversation piece but it also provides just the right amount of soft edges and free-flowing brushstrokes to create a contained chaos, that pairs perfectly with the clean modest lines of the credenza. The mod, architectural yellow chair (another one of Angela’s amazing vintage finds) may be small but it certainly makes a large impact in the space.
Aside from the kitchen, Chris planned to spend the least amount of money on his second bedroom, which would be used as an office. Taking the advice of a designer friend, he had the room painted in a blue-grey tone from Sherwin-Williams called Krypton and had custom draperies in a modern print made from a clearance bin fabric at $11.99 per yard. Since his laptop is pretty much the only thing he needs to work from home, the room was simply furnished with a vintage desk picked up from an antique market for $600 and paired with a black woven grass chair from IKEA that was $59. To soften the area underfoot, he installed FLOR tiles in a striped pattern, alternating each tile for a parquet look.