House Beautiful’s Designer Dining Rooms

Came across this great article on House Beautiful spotlighting some fabulous dining rooms, and what makes them spectacular. I picked out a few of my favorites, but be sure and check out the link below to see the whole article.


Blue-and-White Dining Room
This Palm Beach dining room designed by Gary McBournie is all about entertaining. Everything is white, including the sideboard and vintage Chinese Chippendale chairs, which make a crisp contrast to custom-glazed duck-egg-blue walls.


Coastal-Inspired Dining Room
“The white chairs and coral chandelier make a big mahogany table feel lighter than it is,” says designer Ashley Whittaker. “The contrasts make it work. I consider that a universal rule in decorating.”


Clean and Crisp Dining Room
Designed by Allison Caccoma, this beautiful, traditional dining room creates a dramatic contrast thanks to the creamy white moldings juxtaposed against the Prussian blue Venetian plaster walls.


French-Country Dining Room
Designed by Cathy Kincaid, this dining room takes a cue from an old French farmhouse, with a beautiful French Directoire chandelier as the focal point.


Dining Room by Barry Dixon
The dining room of this Maryland house is a textbook Barry Dixon design with naturalistic textures and shapes. Niermann Weeks Avignon chandelier; Swaim dining chairs in Bergamo’s Siegfried fabric; Barcelona table by Panache Designs.


Modern Dining Room
Designed by Betsy Burnham, this modern dining room features an eccentric yet artful collection of Nymphenburg porcelain figures. The upholstered chairs are from Artistic Frame.


All-American Dining Room
Designed by Myra Hoefer Design, this dining room features side chairs by Oly slipcovered in Grey Watkins Indian cotton strip and a table by Astier de Villatte.


Modern Mix
Designed by Chad Eisner, this dining room features a glass and nickel-plated metal table designed by Eisner himself. The pendant light is from Reborn Antiques.


A Dining Room Inspired by the Beach
Chris Barrett designed the 1950s-style dining room table and chairs; she caned the chairs and made a see-through table base to give the furniture a “beachy” feel.


Bright and Beachy Dining Room
Designed by Leslie Klotz, this Hamptons dining room features seahorses from a garden antiques store and Louis XVI–style dining chairs covered in a jaunty shade of chartreuse leather, and backed in a coral and white print.


Blue Dining Room
This dining room, designed by Eric Lysdahl, features dark blue walls and a dark blue ceiling, which allows the white elements to pop while creating a rich, velvety background for gilded picture and mirror frames. The room feels fresh in daylight and intimate at night.


Nancy Price’s Dining Room
When entertaining in their Jackson, MS, house, Nancy and John Price often set out a buffet — which they favor over sit-down meals — on the Louis Philippe-style dining table. The wonderfully unusual candelabra was handmade in Brazil.


Amanda Nisbet’s Dining Room
To balance the gleam of its ebony surface, the antique dining chairs are covered in lavender matte cotton. An antique demilune table is decked with 20th-century gilt metal palms in black japanned pots.


A Dining Room with a Touch of the Wild
Designed by Jay Griffith, this dining room features a table base shaped like the head and horns of an ibex, which supports a driftwood top.


An Alessandra Branca Design
“I wanted the dining room to be a beautiful winter garden in the middle of downtown Chicago,” says designer Alessandra Branca. She designed the Fromental wallpaper for this room and painted the Louis XVI-style chairs covered in linen velvet and taffeta stripes to “punch up the dark mahogany table.”


Bright and Modern Dining Room
“Mid-century modernism resonates for me,” says designer Jonathan Adler, who paired Warren Platner’s 1966 dining table from Design Within Reach with his own Chinese Chippendale chairs. The chandelier is from the 1970s.


Jamie Drake’s Colorful Design
This dining room, designed by Jamie Drake, features curtains in his Jazzed for Schumacher, a cotton whose stripes alternate between matte and sateen, “giving a sense of depth and movement,” he says. “I had fun bringing my Blades fabric from the sofa pillows to the dining table. It provides cohesiveness.”


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