D.C. Design House 2009 - From Floor to Ceiling, a Radiant Place to Dine

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Forget the cliched glossy red Georgetown dining room. Camille Saum's radiant space (walls painted in Farrow & Ball's Orangery) could start a run on tangerine-, pumpkin- and apricot-painted dining rooms.

To set off the orange walls, the Bethesda designer commissioned a stenciled ceiling and a bold checkerboard-painted wood floor. The cove of the wide crown molding was painted aubergine (Farrow & Ball's Cinder Rose). A master of color, Saum picked up the purple in the crystals of the antique Swedish chandelier, and the copper and lavender in the Missoni dinner plates, both from Gore Dean's Baltimore shop.

The upholstered natural-colored dining room chairs have white linen monogrammed "bibs," made from napkins that match the tablecloth and the linen slipcover on the metal console. Saum painted the mantel and hearth in chalky white (Pointing by Farrow & Ball).

"Show houses don't usually allow us to do painted floors, so this was really nice because the checkerboard made the room a bit more casual," said Saum. "And it's the first time I've used a Swiffer in a show house."

Jura Koncius

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