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The Rustic Eclectic Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

Earlier this year, I was introduced to a new client through a mutual friend (thank you Traci for the referral) to talk about how I could help her make over the dining and living rooms of her early 1900's craftsman home in the Ballard neighborhood.  

At our initial consultation, it was determined my client had an appreciation for vintage from her old dining chairs, tribal tapestries, and German books.  She had grown tired of having to cover her old table with a tablecloth, and the chairs while beautifully reupholstered, weren't comfortable for daily living.

So I began the hunt for a new table while keeping in mind I didn’t want it to distract from her melon hue walls and gorgeous box ceiling and wainscoting.  I initially checked out some walnut tables that had a mid-century modern vibe but ultimately, we decided on a rustic farmhouse table from Restoration Hardware.  It seats her family of four and 2 guests comfortably.  

Next was finding chairs that balanced out the heaviness of the large table.  I selected six white Eames plastic chairs.  Not only are they easy to clean, they are also very versatile and modern.

The client already had a custom built buffet in the dining room and besides this piece, a newer Restoration Hardware pendant light and brass bar cart that would remain.  Everything else could go and my task was to fill the space with fun, eclectic, vintage pieces that would compliment the new dining table and chairs.  I started with a pair of white sculptural table lamps from Schoolhouse Electric.  They remind me of origami and are the focal point of the table.

To round out the rest of the buffet table, I filled a West Elm terrarium with succulents, displayed a pair of vintage Italian porcelain doves, and leaned a vintage octagon shaped brass mirror, deer print (client had), and brass 'hello' sign, also from West Elm, against the wall.

Next up was her brass bar cart from Restoration Hardware.  I kept the orange going and added hints of cobalt blue with barware accessories.  The vintage oil painting featuring a vase filled with orange flowers is from Stuf.  Vintage Culver glasses and gold ice bucket are from AnthologyHouse.

Just to the right of the bar cart is a large window with a small sill, just enough space to display a vintage Danish candlestick and pedestal milk glass container filled with a small fern.

Directly across from the window on the opposite side of the room, I placed a muted yellow side table and a vintage metal stool.  On top of the table and stool are a few personal effects of the clients including a family photograph from the 1962 World's Fair and some German books.  The orange pitcher is vintage and was made in Italy.  The wooden Danish candlesticks are also vintage and a recent find.


And above the table and placed on top of the chair rail are beautiful woven God's eyes that the client's children made.  I love how they lend color to the space and their colors tie in perfectly with the vintage painting.

In the corner next to the side table is a small metal stool that hails from an 1895 Ice Cream Parlor.  I picked it up from Stuf.  Topping the stool is an old book and soy candle.

So that ends my tour of this revamped dining room.  Next up this Fall/Winter we will be sharing pics of the soon to be redesigned living room. Until then I welcome your feedback on the dining room. Do you like how I blended the old with the new?  Do you have a favorite picture?