Im­press your guests with a cu­rated, vin­tage-in­spired din­ing room

The Herald Sun - - Home - BY ME­GAN MCDONOUGH Wash­ing­ton Post

Novem­ber is here, and for many of us, that means a lot of qual­ity time spent around the din­ing room ta­ble. It’s the per­fect place to share good meals and con­ver­sa­tion with friends and fam­ily.

In­te­rior de­signer and stylist Ginny Mac­don­ald’s cozy, Old World-in­spired din­ing room caught our eye on In­sta­gram . The stand­out space looks warm and invit­ing – a per­fect place to swap sto­ries, jokes and laughs with guests around the hol­i­days.

“My main in­spi­ra­tion for this room, and the house in gen­eral, was heav­ily taken from hav­ing grown up in the U.K.,” Mac­don­ald, of Ginny Mac­don­ald De­sign, wrote in an email.

The de­signer, who now lives in Los An­ge­les, in­cor­po­rated a mix of vin­tage fur­nish­ings and con­tem­po­rary ac­cents to cre­ate a cu­rated look.

While the din­ing ta­ble and Eames chairs are new and speak to a mid­cen­tury era, most of the other pieces of fur­ni­ture are flea mar­ket finds,” she said.

The cen­ter­piece of the room – the over­size vin­tage map of Eng­land – was scouted by Mac­don­ald at an an­tique mall in Cal­i­for­nia. “It’s prob­a­bly my fa­vorite vin­tage find in the house,” she wrote.

For a sim­i­lar feel, she sug­gests search­ing on Etsy for vin­tage maps and art (she likes the shop Reclaimer), and mount­ing the work in sim­ple and mod­ern frames. You can also scour flea mar­kets, an­tique stores or eBay.

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For din­ing room A chairs, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. “Start off by se­lect­ing the main pieces, whether it be the din­ing ta­ble or the chairs,” Mac­don­ald ad­vised. “If you choose a mod­ern din­ing ta­ble, then look for vin­tage chairs, and vice versa.” To “add a layer of eclec­ti­cism,” she mixed two mod­ern Eames arm­chairs ($595, dwr.com ), above left, with her beloved vin­tage bent­wood din­ing chairs, above right. That iconic bent­wood de­sign can be found in Crate and Bar­rel’s beech­wood Vi­enna din­ing chairs in wal­nut ($149 each, crate­and­bar­rel.com ).

An 8-by-10-foot striped mat­tress tick­ing wo­ven cot­ton rug ($416, an­nieselke.com ) from Dash and Al­bert com­ple­ments Mac­don­ald’s dark and moody walls, painted Far­row & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue ($110 a gal­lon in mod­ern emul­sion fin­ish, us.far­row-ball.com ).

Mac­don­ald was plan­ning to swap out the art deco-in­spired light fix­ture that came with the house, but she de­cided to keep it af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­pli­ments. This Hol­ly­wood chan­de­lier from Re­ju­ve­na­tion ($595, re­ju­ve­na­tion.com ) of­fers a sim­i­lar feel. She also used a round brass tray ($174, school­house.com ) to add color and shine against the stark white ta­ble. “It not only breaks up all the neg­a­tive space but al­lows you to cor­ral styling ac­ces­sories, like vases and plants, which add height,” Mac­don­ald said. “You can also use it for ex­tra space for wa­ter glasses and snacks.”

ZEKE RUELAS Cour­tesy of Zeke Ruelas

A din­ing room de­sign by in­te­rior de­signer and stylist Ginny Mac­don­ald.

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