Laurel Street Project: The Dining Room

Laurel Street Project: The Dining Room


Next up for our Laurel Street Project is the dining room. This dining room was a huge blank canvas. I knew my client wanted to be able to fit a large amount of people in here so we opted for just a large dining table a rug and chairs.

They also have a butlers pantry right off the dining room that has tons of extra storage so we knew we didn’t want to take up space in the dining room with any sort of china cabinet or credenza. There was a lot of wall space to cover and I knew wallpaper would make a huge impact without cluttering all the walls with art.


We opted for this traditional damask/paisley print in an updated silver-gray color pallet. I love how the four large mirrors take up the large wall and reflect the formal living room. We had a custom diamond seagrass rug cut for this room that is perfect for this transitional dining room.

Seagrass rugs are super durable and are really easy to clean when it comes to all the little spills around the table. There are plenty of places online where you can find standard sizes for these rugs i.e. Pottery Barn, Overstock etc. but if you room doesn’t call for a standard rug, getting one cut to your room is a great option.

I love how we customized these dining chairs! We ordered the chairs in the standard manufacturers fabric but chose a new fabric to reupholster the backs with. This let’s you have a custom chair that no one else has for the fraction of the cost of a completely custom chair.

I chose a fabric that had the same tones as the wallpaper but in a more graphic and modern style. I didn’t want this room to feel too traditional since my client wanted to keep a more transitional feel.


We had the table custom made so we could control the finish and the dimensions. I learned that some places like Restoration Hardware don’t seal their tables so that is an extra cost and hassle that I didn’t want to deal with. This table has a nice smooth finish that repels rings and stains.

Despite all the silver and grey in here, we went with 2 large gilded lanterns to hang over the dining table. These gorgeous lanterns pop right off the wall. If they were silver they would disappear into all of that wallpaper. This is a perfect example of how to successfully mix metals!

The last detail of this dining room is the soft bench cushion that sits near the bay window. This allows one more spot for extra seating so we kept it simple so it wouldn’t compete with the wallpaper. I know there have been many adult dinners with little children perched near by!



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