HGTV Smart Home 2013: Coastal Dining Room
A formal entertaining space infused with mocha and sea-blue hues, the dining room opens out to the back deck, with boundaries defined by sheer linen drapes rather than solid walls.
The area rug's bold graphic print, in a dark espresso color, grounds the space and lends a contemporary aesthetic that counters the room's formal furnishings and dramatic Empire-style light fixture, fashioned from wrought iron and washed wood.
A concave dining chest, neoclassically inspired, served as a springboard for the room design. Interior halogen bulbs shine a spotlight on porcelain dinnerware and resin-cast white ribbon coral.
Adjustable glass shelves showcase porcelain dinnerware, which boasts heirloom-quality styling while offering the convenience of microwave and dishwasher safety.
Clear glass taper holders, in chess piece-style shapes, lend drama while keeping views unobstructed.
Seating up to eight guests, the trestle-style dining table carves out a formal dining space. Dining chairs, upholstered in a celadon-hued fabric, echo the home's subtle beach theme.
A bouquet of oyster shells placed in a weathered urn showcases the artistry of Karen Robertson, whose artwork is displayed throughout the home.
The open-concept dining area flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Clear glass subway tile, which clads the kitchen backsplash, sparkles gem-like in the distance.
A 51-inch-high chandelier commands attention in the formal dining area. Fashioned from wrought iron and weathered wood, the rustic-chic lighting fixture stands in contrast to the formal tray ceiling.
The dining chest boasts antique-style copper hardware and tap hinges, which operate interior lights.
Semi-sheer linen drapes create a buffer of privacy in the dining area, transforming the space into a cabana-like retreat.
From the collection of artist Karen Robertson, sliced spindle, tibia and turretella shells, sandwiched between two plates of glass, create a free-floating effect above the dining chest.
Honeycomb louver shades offer privacy and also control solar heat gain and UV damage to furnishings and artwork. Tied into the whole-home automation system, shades can be programmed to raise and lower at certain times of the day.
"It almost feels like a cabana out on the beach," says Linda of the dining area. "It's so uniquely special and it's very applicable to people's own lives — having the ability to shut the kitchen off — even if you're draping just one wall."