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Need to tone down contemporty dining room
January 14, 2013
Home is 1905. Lighting shown has been removed. Need lighting, rugs and accessories.
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Lighting - This one might pick up the darker lines of the leaded glass cabinets. http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/products/willow

Traditional and warm http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/products/irvington

I didn't look at the sizes of any of these, btw.

Rug - Love this one under the bed. http://www.bhg.com/rooms/bedroom/makeovers/yellow-bedroom-makeover/

They offer a design-your-own service. I saw a pretty diamond pattern rug that might look nice in that room. http://www.jonathanadler.com/designyourown/
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:27PM
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I would consider a rustic style wood table and gray chairs - in simple lines given the cabinets. Rug perhaps in a Navajo or Kilim pattern.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:31PM
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How about a simple linen drum pendant and a sisal rug under the table? Just be sure the rug is 4' longer and wider than the table. Have you thought of a sleek credenza under the window in that recess?

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:31PM
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    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:37PM
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Kira Nguyen
I love this kind of chandelier:

Since your cabinets and wall are white, how about a rug that would give the room a pop of color?
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:43PM
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Have you considered just putting in recessed lighting? This one below is white and would blend in with the ceiling but the lights will swivel and they are 6".63 in diameter. You could just put in 4 - 6 of these lights. This way you will have light in your dining area but the lights won't take away from the style you want for this area.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:44PM
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studio 5542
Love the leaded glass and details in the room. If you are going to keep the tables and chairs, as they look like they are in decent shape, I'd add two lights over the table like these from restoration hardware. On the table, I've always liked when they run two or three table runners across the table rather than down the length of the table. Then add some darker wood candlesticks, perhaps a few stones, some dark round wooden chargers with white and pale yellow dishes and a pattern napkin with some browns, tans and oranges. There are a lot of rugs out there right now as well that have those same tones. Z gallerie is a great place for table setting inspiration, pier 1 has great table runners as well as home goods. Wooden chargers can be found at Marshalls or homegoods and if they are not there they will have them at Pier 1. Target has fabulous and inexpensive white durable dishes with great lines that look like they cost a lot more than they really do.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:47PM
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I actually like the chandy (and I am not a fan of chandeliers, in general). I think it goes well with your leaded glass windows and sleek cabinets. I would put it in my 1910 home. But I think the table and chairs are too austere; they belong in a mid-century modern.

I would go with a more Restoration Hardware look:
One of my favourite tables
Dining Room

And for a rug, anything you love could work. The room is pretty much a blank slate.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:48PM
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studio 5542
sorry couldn't figure out how to go back and add photos of the accessories and rug
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:51PM
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I would not do can lights. First, your ceiling is probably lath and plaster and it will be a mess. Second, they are totally not appropriate to a 1905 house.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:51PM
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I think you could warm up/soften the table with a runner and a bowl of flowers in the same color family (like the rug above)
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 4:36PM
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I found a light and ceiling medallion that might look nice. The metal part would look nice black to go with the metal in the cabinet glass and windows. You can paint the ceiling medallion white so only the texture stands out.
Link for ceiling medallion: http://www.lightinguniverse.com/ceiling-medallions/ekena-millwork-cm162941-jefferson-ceiling-medallion_g740331.html?isku=6542324&linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage

Link for light fixture: http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/products/hudson
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 5:30PM
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