Doing up the Dining Room | Part 2

Even before we bought the house, I had already picked out a dining chair. In fact… I think I’ve wanted this chair since I specified it as a guest chair on the first law firm that I worked on when I started my design career. And when I saw that they now come in all black (I’m an all black everything kinda gal!), I knew it was fate. Its the perfect super classic designer chair to pair with a beautiful, antique table.

I got a running start by painting the dining room white, purchasing a table a few months ago from Scott’s Antique Market (that is a whole different experience that I’m going to have to write about another time…), and almost immediately purchasing a rug.

The part that I’ve been struggling with lately is lighting. I started with design boards showing 12 (yes, I said 12!) options, and I narrowed, and narrowed, and narrowed some more. I ended up with three favorites…

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Then I eliminated option 1. I love the idea of it, but it just didn’t feel right for my own home. Then I did a poll on Instagram for the other two, and everyone seemed to gravitate towards option 2. Now, don’t get me wrong… I like option 2. I wouldn’t have even considered it an option if I didn’t like it. But something about it just didn’t feel right. Then a designer friend of mine told me that she liked option 2 because it felt a little “funky” and counteracted the traditional table and it clicked. I needed funky! Option 2 is more funky than Option 1, but it also feels super dressy to me and that’s just not really my style. So I did what any reasonable person would do, and I pulled a third (thirteenth?) option to amp up the funky.

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And so that is how I got to this option with the classic (but kind of funky) “praying mantis” fixture designed by French lighting designer Serge Mouille. At first I was worried that it was too short to work with our super tall ceilings, but then I searched for some pictures of it in dining rooms, and I’m in love! Let me point out… all of the images have a classic chair and a touch of traditional. And bonus… this light may not interfere with the art I want to hang above our board and batten because it mounts so high. When something is right, it’s right!

Elle Decor Sweden
Via Elle Decor Sweden
Colombe Design Via ARch Di
Colombe Design via Architectural Digest
Casas AD
Via Casas AD
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Design by Bachman Clem, Photo by Belathee, Via Camilla Styles

Dining Room Sources

Chair | Table | Rug 1/4 | Rug 2 | Rug 3| Light 1 | Light 2 | Light 3 |Light 4

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