Today I thought I'd show you some lovely dining areas - I know the trend is to create multifunctional kitchen/diners - and there's no doubt, it's almost the first thing I do when renovating any home - walls invariable get knocked down to create an open plan space !!
But if you happen to be lucky enough to also have a separate dining area - well, that can be such a lovely thing for entertaining ....... not to mention that ...... well, in my case anyway, the guests can't see me burning the sauce !!!!!
So without further ado ......
This is a shot we took of Sharon Cleland's beautiful home in Portstewart,County Antrim. It is actually a 'dining hall' - using a large hall as a dining area is a great way to utlilise space !!
Sharon is an incredibly talented Interior Designer - she established Biggie Best in Ireland and also The Feathered Nest ..... of all the homes we have ever photographed, the sheer quality of soft furnishings she designs is perhaps the best I have ever seen. Check out those beautiful linen chair covers ...... stunning !!
I love how she mixed linen with pure white - so fresh and elegant. I have a similar plate rack myself - it's a great way to display plates or even books without overpowering space.
Lamps placed either side of a mirror is such a visual and stylish design touch ...... and what a great idea to use outdoor pots inside !!!
Sharon has since moved to Carolina - I wish her every success - I am quite sure our American cousins love her work !!
This home appeared in Country Homes and Interiors
Here is another gorgeous dining area - this time it's a stunning cottage in Donegal.
The couple designed this area to create maximum symmetrical impact with stunning views over the Atlantic. Once again - check out the beautiful linen slip covers - the putty coloured check works brilliantly in this setting and adds just enough pattern.
I also love the impact of the dark wooden flooring and beams.
This home also appeared in Country Homes and Interiors
The next one is more feminine and "French" in style - but the same principle of combining "neutrals and linens" apply ....
This is a holiday home in the wonderful Castle Leslie Estate - I would have loved to add a fabulous chandelier but neither time (nor budget) was on our side so I simply hung one of those light fittings that attaches to the ceiling rose. I also did a simple thing that I think makes a big difference when setting a table ...... place a runner on top of the tablecloth - it adds an extra layer and makes the table more interesting I think. I arranged white flowers and lots of greenery for this one.
This home appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes
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We are back down to County Clare shortly - we're shooting the stunning Dromoland Castle where we have worked before .....if I get a second, I'll share some of the images with you.
Oh and our first delivery of beautiful throws made in Ireland arrived during the week - they really are gorgeous quality - we shall be photographing them next week - watch this space !!!