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Dynamic Dining Room Makeover

A dining room is transformed into an inviting space to entertain family and friends.

Chad Jones and Rebecca McNeely relocated from Philadelphia to Louisiana to be closer to family, who could help out with the kids. They quickly settled into a newly built home with their two young children in Mandeville, an up and coming New Orleans suburb.

Before, dining table
Before, butler's pantry
After, butler's pantry
Before, foyer
After, foyer

Chad and Becky love their home and have tried to incorporate both their varied styles throughout the house, but they are stuck on the dining room. The dining room, coupled with the adjoining foyer and butler's pantry, is a great space that has a lot of potential. Chad and Becky want the space to make a statement. The couple hopes one of three designers can transform the area into an inviting space to entertain family and friends.

The homeowners decide to use the expertise of Curtis Herring and Daren Rice, who want to incorporate a French Provincial design with a few modern touches. The designers open up the room by moving the table to the center, adding bench seating and a buffet for storage. The cabinets were refinished in a warm chocolate brown color with emerald granite countertops. The foyer is transformed with Rattan chairs and a decorative rug. Finally, Curtis and Daren feel that the room suits their personalities.

dining room (Marie Bukowski: Hierloom #36, #67 and #37) and butler’s pantry (John Kelly: Blue Light) artwork — Cole Pratt Gallery, Ltd.
plants & containers — Forstall Interiorscapes
custom dining room table — Glen Armand Fine Furniture
antique dining chairs — Karla Katz & Co.
dining room wall covering (Boolton: Waldron Stripe/ #2-BP-321 and Sulphate) — MDC Wallcovering
hand knotted dining room area rug (Aura: #300XXX and Ganzi: Montashe/ #6505) — New Orleans Fine Rugs
decorative painting — New Orleans Decorative Finishes
butler’s pantry granite countertop (Absolute Black/Honed Finish) — Pieri Tile & Marble Co.
dining room chandelier (1940s Amber Glass) — Shades of Light
butler’s pantry cabinetry (Brookhaven Collection: #A60 and Ebony: #43) — Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry


    • Artwork from Cole Pratt Gallery Ltd.
    • Plants and containers from Forstall Interiorscapes
    • Wallcovering from MDC Wallcovering
    • Rugs from New Orleans Fine Rugs
    • Tile and marble from Pieri Tile & Marble Co.
    • Lighting from Shades of Light
    • Curtis Herring, ASID
      Interior Designer, Curtis Herring Interior Design
    • Daren Rice
      Interior Designer, Curtis Herring Interior Design
    • Susan (Johnson) Owens
      Interior Designer, Johnson-Walter Designers
    • Kathy Heitman, ASID
      Interior Designer, KDH Interiors
    • Luke Spicuzza, AEI, Associate IIDA
      Certified Professional Building Designer, NCBDC Certified P.A.S. Interiors, LLC
    • Patricia Shutts Spicuzza, IIDA
      Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ Certified P.A.S. Interiors, LLC
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