The Francis Files
Westover Place Project: Modern Classic Dining Room Reveal
September 9, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
Two months ago one of my best friends from high school moved back home to Atlanta from Washington, DC, and bought the cutest townhouse in Buckhead. I am thrilled we're reunited (although I'll miss our DC adventures) and excited to be helping out with a couple of spaces in her new home! The first room to get completed is her dining room, and with the help of Ballard Designs I was able to get this space ready for fall entertaining with a few key additions. See the before and after and find all the details for this fresh and classic dining room design below.
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DINING ROOM - BEFORE
DINING ROOM - AFTER
I think every room needs a mirror, and especially in the dining room to reflect the glow of the sun and ambient lighting around the space. I love placing lamps or sconces around the mirror to amplify their reach in the space. I used the San Marco mirror, which has a great scale for a mid-sized room, and the Weatherford sconces for substantial counterweights on either side. Below, the Alissa console adds a buffet, bar, or styling opportunity to the room without the visual weight of a solid table. I love how it complements the traditional pieces in the room.
My friend's 19th-century English dining table is a family heirloom, so I wanted to balance the heft of this centerpiece with the comfortable, fully upholstered Pearce chairs. The slipcovered style dresses down the table a bit to make the whole thing feel super comfortable and inviting (and they are truly so comfy to sit in for long dinners with friends).
The floral linen curtains were made with GP&J Baker's iconic Eau de Nil fabric, which inspired the light and airy Green Trance Sherwin Williams paint color (similar to Behr's New Day).