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Wine and dine in formal elegance

Wine and dine in formal elegance


Green and pink could easily have been too sweet in this intimate, off-the-kitchen dining space. But by deftly combining pretty with practical, a feminine, not fussy, look was created.

Here are the five essential elements for this space:


The intricately worked chandelier and sconces (1950s collectible pieces) were painted, rewired, and topped with pleated mini shades.


Pretty print fabric - featuring porcelain vessels and summer blossoms - gives the room another whimsical touch while also providing a warmly neutral taupe-and-green backdrop.

Window treatments

The ornate window treatments are full, functional, and rich in detail. The panel draperies in this room include contrasting botanical trim and custom-painted hardware.


Sage-green slipcovers with crisp white piping instantly updated and softened the curvy French dining chairs.

Personal touches

A passion for porcelain serving pieces is showcased in a carved pine corner cabinet (top photo, above). These pink and green pieces from the homeowner's collection inspired the vibrant colour scheme in this dining space.


The walls were given a soft, striped effect with pale sage green and a lighter contrasting green, whilst the trim was painted crisp white.

Finishing touches

Antique print fabric was stretched into three panels that hang as art over a serving buffet, with the florals complementing the roses, vases, magnolias, and urns among the cadre of charming images included in the print drapery fabric.


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