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Deco-Style Dining Room

Designer Kendall Wilkinson turned an outdated, casual dining area into a formal deco-style room on a small budget.

Susan Blake introduces guest designer Kendall Wilkinson who designed the 1930s deco-style Inspiration Room. They discuss the key elements to this look: dramatic wood tones, luscious velvet fabrics and a stunning antique chandelier.

Kendall turns this outdated, casual dining area into a formal deco-style room, but for much cheaper than the space that inspired the makeover.

If you're on a tight budget, try these easy tips to create a deco look in your dining room:

  • Choose an appropriate paint color, such as the blue-gray used here, for warmth and drama.

  • For glimmer, add the accessories to the dining table and buffet.

Kendall removed the metallic wallpaper and painted the walls blue-gray, and she hung a midnight-blue satin-like drapery panel over the kitchen door, using a silver rod. She concealed an unused radio intercom system using framed plywood and a coat of wall paint, and placed a ficus tree in front of the covered intercom box to further camouflage and add a touch of greenery.

A silver-framed vertical piece of art hangs on the wall between the covered door and the ficus tree. Kendall replaced hardware on the existing buffet with silver pulls to add flair. She wrapped pewter fabric around the wood frame of a large mirror and hung the piece on the wall over the buffet. A 6'x4' oval-shaped piece of plywood is placed on an existing table to enlarge it.

Kendall covered the table with the same type of satiny fabric used to cover the kitchen doo, topped the table with a piece of plastic and cut to fit. She added black tubular metal chairs around the table, with seat cushions covered in the same material as the mirror frame. She also wrapped the chandelier cord with pewter fabric to add panache.

Kendall accessorized the buffet with a cut-crystal ice bucket, a silver-plated tray filled with glasses and a deco-style pitcher and brushed metal candlesticks. On the dining table, she added mirrored glass place mats, silver-banded china, glass goblets, white cotton napkins and flatware. Silver-plated candlestick holders and floral arrangements in glass containers complete the look.

To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:

  • Original artwork, $5,000 / Art from gallery chain, $300

  • Custom mirror, $2,000 / Custom-cut mirror with fabric-covered frame, $150

  • Table dressing, with beveled glass top, $2,500 / Table dressing (tablecloth and plastic topper), $200

  • Chairs, $1,200 each / Chairs, $40 each

  • Buffet tabletop accessories, $7,700 / Buffet tabletop accessories, $150

  • Dining room tabletop accessories, $8,500 / Dining room tabletop accessories, $360

10" silver candlesticks - London Silver Vault, #00700/RH1 (Restoration Hardware)
silver and white place settings (discontinued), ice bucket -  Arctic Lights, #XY 701/544, water glasses - Marquis, #SN/ 105/015, champagne flutes - Austrian Crystal, #T3112-007, red wine gobletsAustrian Crystal, #T3112-003 (Mikasa)
flatware (Target)
napkins - Vienna Damask - Ex-Cell Home Fashions (Linens 'n Things)
silver- plated napkin rings (Cost Plus World Market)
mini salt and pepper shakers, silver-plated water pitcher - #5036079, (The Bombay Company)
artwork (Z Gallerie)
drawer pulls for buffet (Restoration Hardware)
water glasses, ice tongs - #617040 (Crate & Barrel)
silver-plated mirrored tray, silver and blue beaded knife (Ross Stores)
pewter silk/ivory swiss-dot fabric for mirror frame, door panel and chandelier fabric (Poppy Fabric)
ceiling and wall paint - Misted Green, #2138-50 (Benjamin Moore)
mirrored place mats (Strouds)

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