Susan Taylor
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a dining room and kitchen vision made reality

I’m sharing one of the most beautiful projects with you in the next few posts. A two year project, this one involved my whole team and a close collaboration with the homeowner. A vision that had been in her heart for years began to take shape over regular weekly meetings. It was a lovely partnership and I won’t lie, I had to be reminded more than once that her vision was light, white, and white … did I say white? Get ready for a tour of one of the most special homes of my career. You’ll fall in love with the stunning selections for each room and get lost in the vision we were directed to design. *sigh*

Can you imagine being a guest in this striking, sunny breakfast room? The table seats breakfast for eight, and four more could join using the chic bar stools upholstered in a beautiful white textural performance fabric. Polished nickel finishes bring stylish and bold drama into the design. And who doesn’t want omelets under a crystal chandelier? Everything about this room plays off the mirrored refrigerator (in the background), an original custom design selected by this very stylish homeowner!


As you enter through the front door into a stunning foyer, this view into the formal dining room takes your breath away. Soooo many dramatic elements in this room! We designed the room with an extended table for fine dining, with service for twelve. Two consoles extend along the wall opposite the fireplace, and the deep espresso finish with contrasting white doors are completed with jewelry-like hardware. This expanse fits perfectly with the homeowner’s love of gourmet dinner parties, when a place for serving in style is a priority. Subtle textured, light grass cloth covers all of the walls and just pause to look at that ceiling! Gilded gold wallpaper makes the ceiling a work of art. A custom rug woven using especially selected wool poms to match the fabrics and wall coverings completes the room and contrasts with the stunning dark wood-stained floors. Would you have the courage to purchase white on white dining chairs? Nothing else would have fit the vision we were asked to deliver. (A little bit of zebra print on the backs of the chairs is just perfect!)


A grand, oversized chandelier in crystal and gold makes a statement to remember. Lighting throughout the entire home was both challenging and exciting to select and many hours were spent on finding the perfect collection to blend from room to room. It’s always a joy when a client is delighted by such a selection of fine lighting! I’m hard pressed to select my favorite and you’ll soon see why! This closeup of the chairs gives a finer view. One large statement vessel as a centerpiece is just right, and the triptych art just thrills me. Modern. Light. Engaging. Stunning!


Opposite the double banked consoles is a little part of the original structure of the home that was basically leveled. New construction began with just the two chimneys that remained. Updating the original mantel design, yet keeping a bit of history, was the goal for the fireplace. Sconces were mounted on the mirror and as part of our styling and finishing touches, I added this starburst mirror that had been used in a former home. The simplicity of selenite logs repeats the love of crystal used throughout this statement dining room, and is a good choice for mantel decor that doesn’t overwhelm the room.