Neutral Dining Room From HGTV Green Home 2008
For the dining room, interior designer Linda Woodrum utilized a subdued color palette with green accents, recessed lighting, framed nature photography and antique furnishings to create a casual and relaxed feel.
Dining Room Transition
The dining room marks the midpoint between the kitchen and the living room, a gathering space for family and friends. Linda Woodrum, the home's interior designer, carried the same neutral color palette into the dining room that she used throughout the first floor. She chose a variety of green shades, enjoying the charming look it created.
The dining table is antique. There are five chairs, four at the table and one in the corner near the antique storage cabinet. The wicker chairs are light enough to carry outside to use in the outdoor dining space. One could also be brought in from the north veranda to create seating for six at the dining table.
Linda chose two larger chairs at the dining room table for their comfort, making them a good choice for seating during longer projects like homework or filing taxes. They are slipcovered in eco-friendly hemp. "If you wanted, you could order the chairs upholstered in one fabric, and get a slipcover made to change it out seasonally," Linda says. The carpet under the table is recycled nylon. Its subtle texture and color add to the neutral color palette and the home's soothing feel.
The storage piece behind the couch, an antique flight of drawers, was the first item purchased for the house. Linda obtained the jars on top of it later but it wasn't until installation that they all came together. "I wanted a 'stop' between spaces," she says. "This doesn't obstruct the view but it adds a dramatic, fun break between the dining room and living room."
This hefty antique shelf used to hold pastries in a bakery in Belgium. Now it holds napkins, extra silverware and serving trays. Beneath the cabinet, there is storage for linens, china and silver. The zinc baskets, which are also used in the pantry, are antique baskets that once held clothes during gym classes. The large photo above the cabinet was taken by a local photographer. Linda says, "This photo was made with a box camera. You feel like you could step into it." The picture adds drama and makes the home feel grounded in its locale.