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…
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.
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!
Dining Room Sources