The goods

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Good Life - By Me­gan McDonough The Washington Post

Win­ter 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, retroin­spired din­ing room caught our eye on In­sta­gram. The stand­out space looks warm and invit­ing — a per­fect place to swap sto­ries 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.,” said Macdon­ald, of Ginny Macdon­ald Design.

The de­signer, who 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.

Want to get the look? Try these tips.

For din­ing room 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 with her beloved vin­tage bent­wood din­ing chairs.

An 8-by-10-foot striped mat­tress tick­ing wo­ven cot­ton rug from Dash and Al­bert com­ple­ments Macdon­ald’s dark and moody walls, painted Far­row & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue.

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. She also used a round brass tray to add color and shine against the stark white ta­ble.

“It not only breaks up all the neg­a­tive space but al­lows you to cor­ral wa­ter glasses and snacks.”


A retro-in­spired din­ing room by in­te­rior de­signer and stylist Ginny Macdon­ald.


An­nie Selke Mat­tress Tick­ing wo­ven cot­ton rug is at home in any room, $12-$518, an­


Charles & Ray Eames molded fiber­glass arm­chair from 1948 is avail­able in both arm and side chair for­mats in eight archival col­ors, $675, hive­mod­


Schoolhouse’s over­sized brass tray puts the spot­light on what­ever it holds, $714,

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