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House Calls: Transition to a new dining room

Sheryl Golub’s dining room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Bethesda resident Sheryl Golub loves her dining room’s traditional molding and flooring, but she wants to replace the outdated window treatments, table and china cabinet. Also high on her wish list: a replacement for the bulky gold chandelier.

The solution by Michael Stehlik. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)

To modernize a room with traditional architecture, Michael Stehlik paints the entire space a neutral gray and picks furniture with clean lines in stainless steel, white and gray. Stehlik, of Room & Board (202-729-8300,, is based in the District.


Furniture: Antica side chair in white and stainless steel ($625,; Hudson cabinet in Shell stain with stainless-steel knobs ($2,999) and Rand dining table with charcoal-stained maple top ($1,699 for 78-by-42-inch table), both from

Accessories: Tripod floor lamp ($395,; metal landscape mirror, ($249,; Urban Trends accent vases ($54-$61,; Logico micro triple-linear pendant chandelier with incandescent bulbs ($1,425,; “Concrete Enclosure” art by Beverly Fuller ($700,; linen sheer drapes in white (prices vary by size,; Sumpta centerpiece bowl ($243,

The subtle backdrop of gray updates the space. Try Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray on the walls and trim.

Incorporate color with wall art and a bold rug, which also grounds the room.

Accentuate the horizontal line of the new long dining table with a broad, rectangular cabinet in a matching finish.

The glass chan delier offers soft light for dining and contrasts with the strong lines of the table and cabinet.

Replace the outdated curtains with simple white drapery panels, which are timeless and filter natural light.


Antica Armchair. (Courtesy Design Within Reach)

Celosia Orange Rug. (Courtesy Crate and Barrel)

Antica armchair in white and stainless steel ($735,

Celosia orange rug ($1,999 for 9-by-12-foot rug, www.crate

. . . OR SAVE

Lowe Ivory Leather Arm Chair. (Courtesy Crate and Barrel)

Canted Wool Rug - Salmon. (Courtesy West Elm)

Lowe ivory leather armchair ($299,

Canted wool rug in salmon ($849 for 9-by-12-foot rug,

See past room makeovers by local designers at .

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