I'm back from Texas, and although the trip truly was too short, I got to see old friends, my brother and most importantly my mother, and got some much needed relaxation. I did some shopping, well, actually lots of shopping and lots of reading - my two very favorite things!
I took a few of my design books, including Suzanne Rheinstein's AT HOME, and came back with a fresh perspective on my dining room. Something much needed, as I've been fighting with idea after idea ending up with nothing but a tired ticker. Suzanne's own Los Angeles Home is featured in the book and the living room has me thinking ...
Our dining room is small, and I finally got a new round table to play off the very square room. The table, draped with a beautiful burlap floor length skirt with jute fringe from Ballard Designs in a rich chocolate brown, coordinates perfectly with my floor to ceiling silk taffeta chocolate drapery. But with the antique sideboard, and the original unpainted woodwork, it was too much brown. So, I've been toying with the idea of chairs of a different color. I thought gray initially - and tried it, but it didn't look good. Now I'm thinking gold, or perhaps, a rougher finish - copper, or antique brass.
But she must love the look, because when she and her husband decided to buy a Manhattan apartment, she used antique gilded chairs in the sitting room: