Balanced and Beautiful
Maine Home + Design Magazine, 2014
Leandra Fremont-Smith’s clients dreamed of a dining room that was not only stylish but also conducive to entertaining. The dining room in their classical-revival-style home is centrally located on the first floor, adjacent to an elegant Carrera marble entryway. The challenge was designing the room to complement the house’s mixture of Federal, Victorian, and contemporary styles. To do so, Fremont-Smith chose a neutral palette of elegant whites, ivories, and grays punctuated by metallics for a contemporary twist. The room’s tall ceilings and sophisticated wainscoting called for wallpaper, and traditional chinoiserie floral pattern with clusters of cream flowers on a silver-gray background. “The elegant floral paper has an element of surprise,” she says “a silvery hue that reflects light in the evening, transforming the room into an enchanting dining experience.” Solid silk drapery panels, Sheridan-style dining chairs, and ginger jar accessories complement the elegant scheme of the room The wood tones of the furniture help ground the room and warm the space. A hint of green in the dining room chair fabric complements the slight shade of green in the flowers on the wallpaper. The different textures of the hand-blocked wallpaper, sisal rug, and classic “stumpwork” pattern in the chair fabric add elements of interest and depth.