Category: Dining Room
Designer: Jennie Gruss, Jennie Gruss Interiors
Goal: After interior designer Jennie Gruss’s clients got married, they started a life together in the Magnolia Tudor the husband owned. Fifteen years later, their personal style had evolved, and they brought in Gruss to update the house and re-envision the main living areas. “The former style and starting point was Swedish-inspired,” Gruss notes. “Overstuffed and highly accessorized space with a lot of pattern, color, and traditional elements. It was beautiful, but we were all in agreement that it was time for a change.”
Inspiration: Gruss and her clients were inspired by a 1970s color palette, and knew early on that they wanted a pop of color in the dining room. At first the client was drawn to fuchsia, but then they ended up settling on turquoise. “It was more unexpected,” Gruss says, “and something that my client felt that she would not tire of as quickly as pink chairs. Also it calls back to the original pendant light in the living room that has blue glass inserts.”
Breakdown: One of Gruss’ favorite ways to work is to mix modern architecture with vintage furniture (and visa versa). Stripping the room down to the bones, she anchored it with a dining table that the clients already owned—it had sentimental value to the husband. The Milo Baughman re-edition chairs for Thayer Coggin were upholstered in custom fabric from Osborne and Little, brightening the space with a pop of turquoise. The chandelier and rug were the clients’ own, and the curtains are custom wool sheer drapery fabricated by Lesley Petty Workroom with fabric from Kelly Forslund Showroom.
Tips to Get the Look: “Keep it simple,” says Gruss, “but make a few strong statement decisions, like a strong pop of color or a juxtaposition of traditional meets modern.”
Image courtesy of Jennie Gruss Interiors.