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Turn a dining room table into the focal point

- BY MEGAN MCDONOUGH megan.mcdonough@washpost.com

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 your flea markets, antique stores or eBay. ¶ Want to achieve this look? Try these tips and products.

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ROOM PHOTO BY ZEKE RUELAS; PRODUCT PHOTOS FROM RETAILERS
 ??  ?? 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.”
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.”
 ??  ?? 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 ($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).
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 ($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).
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).
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