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“Something Old, Something New” Style in Action

We sat down with our client, Angelina, a pastry chef, who likes feminine details, to explore her design process while redoing her dining room.

Angelina wanted to introduce a distinctly delicate, feminine look into the room, and began by painting the walls, which have traditional moldings, a very pale pink. She approached her new dining room design with her self-proclaimed “something old, something new” style preference.

How would you describe the look and feel of your dining room?

Feminine and a little bit eccentric! There are a few time periods represented through the furniture here. I figured I would keep the color scheme soft and delicate, but have fun and mix up the furniture styles.

What is your favorite element in the room?

The chairs! The Delia side chairs, with their oval backs, makes me think of Marie Antoinette! Their shape is based on 18th century French designs, and they create a mood in the room that’s definitely elegant and feminine.

Why did you choose that particular chandelier?

The Serrafina Chandelier is such a statement piece. I knew I had to have it the minute I saw it! It looks like a piece out of a 1960s space age fantasy film. When paired with the delicate chairs and feminine color scheme, it creates a unique retro-throwback look.

What was your biggest challenge in decorating this room?

Finding a dining room table that complimented the space without stealing the spotlight. The Fontaine Dining Table is the least ornate piece in the space, so it works perfectly with the drama from the chandelier and drapes and really holds the space together.

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How did you overcome your design challenge?

Well, since my space was eclectic to begin with, I needed a second opinion before I decided on the Fontaine Dining Table. So, I met with a design professional at Indigo2Ash for an in-depth consultation about furniture recommendations. It was super helpful. They curated a personal shopping list of tables that would work in the space. Ultimately, we both agreed on the Fontaine Dining Table.

Can you tell us more about why you chose the drapes in “Nina” pattern?

Sure! Since the space is a compilation of different furniture styles and textures I wanted a pattern with some structure to it. The Nina pattern is easy on the eyes and the Gray/Ivory neutral tones even out the pale pink walls beautifully.

What inspired your overall design scheme?

Anyone that knows me, knows that I got my style sensibilities from my mother. Growing up, our home was a beautiful collage of different furniture styles--from traditional to contemporary--that all lived harmoniously in the same space. I suppose I was subconsciously trying to recreate that unique feeling.

What is your favorite thing about your new space?

The fact that even though all of my furniture is new and contemporary-looking, I can still add my mother’s heirlooms into the space without them looking out of place. After she passed, I accumulated a lot of priceless treasures that work in the room because I started with a ‘something old, something new’ mentality.

What was the biggest thing that you learned from decorating your dining room?

I learned that matching is overrated! There are no design rulebooks saying that you can’t pair a contemporary-looking table with chairs that look like they’re straight out of the 18th century.

Would you do anything differently the next time you decorate a space?

Yes! I think I would try using a patterned chair cushion. I noticed that the Delia Side Chair came in a wide range of patterns and colors. Perhaps I will add another Delia chair in a different fabric pattern!

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