House Calls: Contemporary upgrade for a breakfast nook

November 20, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Reston residents Pat and Dave Williams inherited furniture they have not replaced in 20 years. The Williamses love using their breakfast nook to eat, entertain and work on the computer, but they’re ready to upgrade it with a contemporary, island-villa look.


Pat and Dave Williams breakfast nook (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE SOLUTION

Interior designer Regan Ruiz envisions a mosaic-tile accent wall and contemporary furniture that is functional but fits the Williamses’ desired style. Ruiz, of Regan Ruiz Interiors (202-581-8100, www.4rri.com), is based in the District.


Julius Goyanko’s illustration. (Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

Update the current light fixture with a contemporary chandelier, which provides essential task lighting.

A dramatic mosaic mural gives the room a focal point and the island-villa look the Williamses want.

The transparency of a new glass-top dining table maximizes visual space, making the room appear larger.

Roman shades offer privacy while letting in natural light.

N ew dining chairs have an updated look but still swivel, which the Williamses requested.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Forrest swivel dining chair ($130, www.raymourflanigan.com).

Accessories: Landon area rug in Steel ($499 for 5-by-8-foot rug, www.homedecorators.com); top-down bottom-up Roman shades in Wilmington White fabric (prices vary by size, www.getblinds.com); Chelsea vase in red (prices vary by size, www.bambeco.com).

Custom tile work: $80 to $100 per square foot, including installation by Vienna artist Bonnie Fitzgerald (www.bonniefitzgeraldart.com).


Knar square dining table with clear glass and walnut finish. (Viesso photo)

Possini Euro Corinthian bronze chandelier. (Lamps Plus photo)
SPLURGE . . .

Knar square dining table with clear glass and walnut finish ($1,395, www.viesso.com).

Possini Euro Corinthian bronze chandelier ($500, www.lampsplus.com).


Cable dining table with Grey Oak finish. (Overstock.com photo)

Sophia Palladian bronze chandelier. (Lamps Plus photo)
. . . OR SAVE

Cable dining table with Grey Oak finish ($320, www. overstock.com).

Sophia Palladian bronze chandelier ($291, www. lampsplus.com).

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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