When redesigning a Bethesda home for a couple that loves to entertain, Andrew Law envisioned an elegant dining room where guests could linger with comfortable seating, plenty of space and a warm, welcoming feel.
To achieve his goal, Law first created a connection between the dining room and nearby library that encourages guests to congregate in both. To do this, he commissioned Classic Woodworking to install millwork in the library that matches the wainscoting in the dining room; made of quarter-sawn oak, the new millwork has a distinctive grain—which decorative paint studio Billet Collins then matched on the dining room’s wainscoting and crown molding with a faux-bois finish. Hand-blocked wallpaper by Rose Tarlow picks up what Law calls “putty with crimson accents” in the faux finish that “create warmth and depth in the room.”
Law furnished the dining room with clean-lined, traditional pieces. A Bausman & Company dining table is paired with British Khaki dining chairs and reproduction Chippendale end chairs in Chinese red leather from Rose Tarlow. A sofa by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and a wing chair by Victoria Hagan allow “guests to finish dinner and linger,” says Law. Twin iron consoles by Salvations Architectural Furnishings are topped with limestone; they complement the hand-stitched iron-and-vellum sconces and chandelier by Roman Thomas. Putty-colored silk-and-linen draperies warm the room and a pale blue-painted ceiling offsets its warmth. Architectural photographs above the consoles, taken on a trip to Prague by the homeowner, sound a more personal, contemporary note.
INTERIOR DESIGN: ANDREW LAW, Andrew Law Interior Design, Washington, DC. PHOTOGRAPHY: ANGIE SECKINGER.
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