Okay so anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE to entertain! Some people dread the thought of it, but I love to go all out and have a blast planning events. Of course my favorite part is setting the "scene" for whatever the occasion may be. So I guess it's no surprise that my favorite room in our house is our Hollywood Regency inspired dining room!
|Helen Mirror from Jan Showers Collection and sconces are Oscar de la Renta for Oriental Accent|
My amazing grandparents were kind enough to give us their 1920's Japanese inspired Chippendale dining room furniture that I have adored since I was a little girl. When Nana and Papa purchased the table, chairs and buffet at an auction in the 60s it even came with a sweet love story, as it was originally given as a wedding gift from a groom to his new bride in the 1920s... ahhhh, now that's a wedding gift! I actually have an old newspaper clipping describing the auction and their particular purchase which is a neat piece of history for us to treasure!
For larger dinners and brunches, I send the hubby to pull out the something like 6 or 7 leaves that can end up filling our entire dining room! But, my very favorite part of the room are the twelve black-lacquered queen anne style chairs, each featuring a unique hand-painted and gold-leafed scene. They really need to be re-lacquered, but in a way the chips and aging are kind of charming. There really is something magical about these chairs, which I treat like my babies... just ask my husband who teases me for my habit of obsessively reminding people to be careful with them. I know, I know not great hostess behavior - I'll have to work on that!
As a young couple (do we still qualify as such?), we have been slowly working on our house since we moved in 4 years ago and this is the first room to feel finished. Of course, for me, it is never really finished, but I'm in love with it for now and know I will be for a long time to come. We call it our "grown up" room and I really do feel a little glamorous when I'm in it!
|India Table from Jan Showers Collection|
|Love my vintage mirrored lucite lamps that were a very kind gift from someone!|
I wish I had a better picture of the antique chaise longue that sits in the window. It has all the right curves and I love it! The awesome coral linen velvet has even come full-circle to stylish again! Lately this has become Patrick's song-writing perch... lovingly referred to as the psychiatry chair.
There are a few orders of business left though... and very important ones at that! A chandelier - that must be fabulous! And to reupholster the chairs which probably have the original 100 year old fabric on them... yikes! After 2 years working for Jan Showers I unfortunately acquired expensive taste in chandeliers. Hers are always to-die-for!!! But unless I win the lottery or Patrick's record goes platinum I'm going to need to get realistic. ;)
Just for kicks, here are some dream chandeliers (all from 1st Dibs and all over $3500)...
|1940's Brass Lotus|
|1930's Empire Design|
And here are a few more affordable options that I'm liking right now (pieces inc, oly studio, made goods, inside avenue)...
|This asian palm chandelier would be gorgeous painted jade or coral with gold-leafing detail!|
|Wish this came in gold or green|