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The Dining Room: Upping my game

We had our first dinner party a few days ago. Small but exceedingly lively. It lasted eight hours, which I suppose means it went well. It was all very casual because the dining room is far from done. In fact it’s laden with unopened and half-opened boxes. Not to mention the floors; in a nearly criminal move they’d covered the Point de Hongrie parquet with blue carpet. In any event our guests were kind enough to overlook the mess.

Not sure if you recall, but the concept was quite classic. Georgian influenced like the room below, but with Gustavian chairs instead (also painted.)

diningroom

As I was sitting there for the first time the other day, I felt the room is going to need a whole lot more than just contrasting table and chairs. Before I forget, here’s the parquet:

parquet

The table takes six without extensions and eight with extensions. Or 12 with extensions and party chairs (instead of the Swedish chairs). Anyway, as I sat at the table, I thought the room was just bland. Even once the floors are restored and the paintings and mirrors are up it’ll still look bland. Unlike the other reception rooms there’s no panelling, no wallpaper, nothing. Here it is in all its blandness:

diningroom

To make the room rise to the level of the rest of the house, I’m going to have to come up with something clever. I’ve been pouring over books and google images. At the moment I’m thinking we must find a monumental chandelier to go over the table. Something dominating, around a metre wide. In the end the dining room is the room where guests spend the most time. The ones I’ve enjoyed sitting in the most were those of the dramatic variety. Jewel colours, heavy fabrics, womb-like. Hopefully inspiration will come soon.

In related news, the dressing room has been repainted:

dressingroom

 

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15 comments on “The Dining Room: Upping my game

  1. Helen Devries
    August 28, 2015

    A friend in France had a dark green dining room with black velvet curtains…super room at night with lights and mirrors but gave his wife the willies in daylight.

    That carpet looks as if it will resist to the last….

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 28, 2015

      That actually sounds superb! Was it this sort of feel:

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      • acflory
        August 29, 2015

        Oh, beautiful. Love those rich, warm, dark colours. Most of my house is painted the green of the sofas with red jarrah floors. Definitely my kind of warm, cosy feel. 🙂

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  2. Helen Devries
    August 28, 2015

    Not unlike…scaled up for a dining room.

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  3. Cara
    August 28, 2015

    I love the rug in the dressing room. Living in Brooklyn, NY I have “closet space”, as in “there’s never enough closet space, goddamn it”, but not a dressing room. I envy anyone who has a dressing room.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 28, 2015

      The rug is Chinese. First quarter of the 20th century 🙂

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      • Cara
        August 28, 2015

        It’s gorgeous

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        August 28, 2015

        I love it too. The prices are actually mostly quite reasonable. You can still get a good version for a decent price on ebay by searching for ‘Chinese Pictorial Rug.’
        A top quality one will be between 5 and 10k (that sort of quality you’re better off buying from an auction house like Christie’s). A good attractive one can be as little as 5 or 6 hundred 😉 Excellent investment!

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      • Cara
        August 28, 2015

        Prices? I’d marry, maul, and/or murder the Emperor Ming himself for a gorgeous rug like that.

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  4. tildeb
    August 28, 2015

    Brought up to sheen, the parquet floors will glow and bring much needed warmth to the room. It’s going to be fabulous.

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  5. acflory
    August 29, 2015

    Like Cara, I love that glorious rug – the rich rust red makes me drool. I have no idea what the colour palette of your house would have been, but is it possible to add some colour to the walls of the dining room? If I had my druthers I’d paint it either the green or that scrumptious red to act as a foil for the highlights of the furniture.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 29, 2015

      I found some amazing pictures today of a regency dining room with two different colour paints emulating panelling. I think that might work!

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      • acflory
        August 29, 2015

        Sounds great, Pinky but…why couldn’t you have new panelling put in instead? Sry, I know the cost would be greater but real panelling would be superb 🙂

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        August 30, 2015

        As things stand, every time I see a soup bowl I’m careful in case Mike gets the urge to drown me in it for my architectural intransigence- so paint may do 😉

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      • acflory
        August 30, 2015

        -giggles- Oh dear…..I feel your pain!

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