A Dining Nook Intro and Update
Hey folks, it’s Ginny here with a quick intro to a very sweet dining nook we’ve been working on. If you’ve been following along with the Griffith Park house redesign you’ll have already read the about the Sunroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Master Bedroom. We have two left after this so we’re almost there!
Once we’ve been working with clients for a while, they often increase the scope of work and add more tasks to our list. This is by no means a bad thing, especially when it comes to amazing houses (and clients) like this. This room is a prime example of that happening. This might be one of my favorite spots in the house with its curved walls, detailed paneling & moulding and those paned windows! As the olds would say, “they don’t make ’em like they used to”. With that being said, the clients wanted help furnishing this space so that it could be used for casual eating, morning coffee & papers, and an area for their kid’s to do homework and make that crazy goo most pre-teens are currently obsessed with.
And here is the finished room. JUST KIDDING. This is the home of the wildly talented Founder of Schoolhouse Electric, Brian Faherty. This was shot by David Tsay for Emily’s book ‘Styled’ and our clients fell in love with the dining table when they saw it. Rather than outright copy them, we sought permission from Brian to recreate it here in LA, and he agreed. The only request was that Schoolhouse got a mention and a tip of the cap from EHD. So Brian, this one is for you.
We worked with Clad Home to custom make the table. The base is powder coated black metal (so pretty hefty in weight) with a wood top edge in a walnut veneer. Just like Brian we added a piece of glass to the top that we had back-painted in white.
And here is the real room and a sneak peek of where we are at. There is ongoing discussions about the pendant. Whilst it is awesome (I love it) because it’s worn, and vintage, and looks really great with the table, we (team EHD) are not convinced it works with everything else in the house. In isolation yes, but bigger picture no. So we’ve been trying to convince them to do something else that feels more in-keeping with the rest of the house. As persuasive as we can be it’s not always that easy. Everything costs money and it’s actually quite hard to convince people to fork out when they’re actually ok with something. And rightly so, I’d be exactly the same. And this is no reflection on these particular clients, it happens with all. I’m not being passive or making excuses here either, we have a great relationship with them and they know our thoughts and we as designers are hired to push boundaries. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Not only that but not everyone can afford to upgrade every single thing we suggest at the same time. This is also another reason why things can take so much longer than you expect. Sorry, that just turned into War & Peace but I think it’s good for people who aren’t in the industry to get a insight as to how some things work. 🙂
We’ve also suggested painting in here (even just a slight tone) to give the moulding and paneling a pop. After going through these sneak peeks I’m also liking the idea of replacing the drapery (which came with the house) with a slight pattern. I haven’t mentioned this to the clients yet because this room is definitely one on the back burner. But I know they will be reading this so “surprise”… patterned drapery?! Will I win, or will I lose is the big question 🙂
Here’s another sneak peek into how this room is coming along. We still have a two more small intros in this house before the final reveals, but let us know if you have any questions so far or how you feel on the paneling and chandelier debate!