A Dining Room with the Wow Factor!!!

Interior designer Chandler Sulton had been so busy designing for others and taking care of her two small children that she hasn’t had time to focus on her own home!!  Moving into the house about a year and a half ago, nothing’s been done except for painting the island and bookshelves in the den and kitchen in a French blue.  The next project is to antique the bookshelves and island to make them look like old furniture. But that’s for a different day.  The home has an open floor plan and currently is painted the same neutral gold tone throughout!!



This is Chandler and cute daughter Emory–a designer in training.  Notice the wall color behind them.  Chandler wanted to begin in the dining room because you could see it from almost every room in the house. She wanted a Wow–spectacular, formal, sophisticated, but in a way that she would never tire of.

Before photo of the dining room.  The formal living room is to the left and there is a hallway in front of the room that leads to the more casual den and kitchen area. Her decorating style is traditional but she loves color and contemporary art and accessories, giving her designs somewhat of an eclectic feel.  Eventually, she wants to paint all the walls, but for now, her focus is the front area of the house.  The new colors had to flow with what was already there.  For the entrance and living room, SW 6170 Techno gray was painted, and the dining room received a coat of SW 6200 Link Gray.   Chandler had found some Gracie Wallpaper that she fell in love with but after crunching the numbers decided to call me to see if we could achieve the feel for much less money.



This was her inspiration for the room. Gracie papers come in panels which are 30″wide.   22 panels would be needed which would be $28,000 dollars not including installation!! These panels are all hand done and do have the look of silver leaf squares behind them.  They are absolutely beautiful, but pricey.   We decided to hand paint a simpler version using a solid paint color for the background.



Head muralist Allan painting away to create Chandler’s dream room!!!



The outcome was stunning–warm and dramatic without competing with the art and furniture in surrounding rooms!! The ceiling color was left the same that was originally painted throughout the house. This ties together the old with the new and creates a flow.  Eventually she wants to change the chairs to a persimmon-colored linen velvet.   “We love to entertain and host our friends and family.  At our dinner party Saturday night, one of the guests said she never wanted to leave my dining room-she’d like to just live there!” Chandler exclaims, “Leslie, I never thought I’d say it, but you’re a bargain!!!!”



Even little Emory approves and says Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!!!







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  1. This mural painting is gorgeous!