Visitors will be impressed, particularly with the cozy, casual elegance of the dining room. Even without its sweeping view of the wooded area outside, this is a magnificent room for entertaining guests, unwinding after work or having a family meal.
The dining room is filled with understated, elegant details that suggest an uptown approach to a casual setting. Dark wood flooring and latte-colored walls are offset with tony mahogany and silver details. Designer Linda Woodrum has surrounded the long plank table with casual ladder-back chairs and upholstered club chairs at either end. \"I always make the host and hostess chairs different from the others,\" she explains. \"Eight chairs that are all the same can get tedious.\"
\"I love silver anywhere, but it usually shows up as a more formal detail,\" Linda says. \"I wanted to stay casual, so when I did silver candelabras for the dining room, I found ones that were made from old tree branches.\"
The dark wood of the table complements the worn ebony stain on the china cupboard and contrasts the off-white curtain panels. \"Draperies aren't considered 'in' right now, but they're a great way to frame a window,\" she says. \"I kept the color neutral to quiet the blue without drawing your eye away from what's outside. It's a nice way to blend what's out there with what's inside.\"