Before & After in the City: The Dining Room, Part 2

The Manhattan series continues with the after pictures of the dining room!

The new dining room table is more compact, but has two built in leaves that pop out when extended. Amazingly, the designer told my aunt and uncle that such tables didn't exist, but my uncle had one at some point when he lived abroad. The old table was beautiful, but it took up a lot of room, even without leaves in it.

The new built ins are a nice improvement, as are the marble slabs (which match the marble used in the built ins in the foyer).

The steps to the patio used to be narrow, wood steps that were slippery and awkward. The new ones are a little more substantial.

That's one of my uncle's artifacts from his time abroad...maybe it was used to grind coffee beans?

I think the dining room came out beautifully...I'm just surprised the designer didn't tie in the stained glass a little more. The panel was made to provide privacy while not compromising light. I think he could have put a little blue in the room to make the window fold into the over scheme of the room. What do you think?


  1. Thanks for sharing these photos. I would agree that the "after" is a smart and tailored look. The blue could easily be repeated in accessories or tableware. Glad I found your blog - I will follow! Stop by if you get a chance!

  2. i might change the little chandelier shades to a really dark, inky blue.

  3. I completely agree with your thoughts on the blue accessories. The stained glass is the first thing you notice when you look at the room, and it seems odd that the designer completely ignored it in her design. Even just changing out the flowers for some blue ones would make a huge difference! If those transferware plates on the second shelf of the buffet are blue, they might get shifted elsewhere to spread out the color a bit. I do love the style of the room, I just wish the blue were repeated a little more.

  4. Between the kitchen tile switch, the ignorant comment surrounding the classic pedestal table, and the lack of complement to the stained glass window...don't recommend this designer to me!

  5. Totally agree on the need for more blue. I do love the use of marble on the built-ins!

  6. I have to agree with Anonymous...I was NOT a fan of the designer during this project. He is definitely used to people giving him their keys and disappearing until the project is complete and didn't seem to like that my aunt and uncle are very hands on.

    What a wasted opportunity to make all that custom glass work really sing. Oh well...I think the shade idea is fantastic, Anita.


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