Monday, November 4, 2013

Beach House Dining Part 3: Storage & Lighting

On to the next installment in the dining series. Previous posts looked at dining tables and dining chairs. Now we're going to look at storage options and lighting.

Buffets & Sideboards
Buffets and sideboards not only provide storage for items like table linens and flatware, but they also provide an extra surface for serving. If you're looking for a DIY project, old dressers make great buffets. They provide plenty of storage, can be very budget-friendly, and allow you to choose the exact color, size, and style you like. Blues, greens, grays, and whites are great color choices in a coastal room.
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The Modern Cottage

As an alternative to painted finishes, consider the mid-century style Emmerson Buffet from West Elm. I love the Emmerson line. Made from reclaimed shipping pallets, these pieces are reminiscent of drift wood and have a slightly edgy vibe that can prevent coastal decor from reading too "sweet".

West Elm
Cupboards may lack the serving surface of buffets, but they have two advantages. First, cupboards have a ton of storage. And second, they can provide an attractive display space for collectibles. The cupboard below is primarily for display. The white painted finish makes a great backdrop for blue and green glassware.
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Here's another piece from West Elm's Emmerson collection--the Emmerson Display Cabinet. This would look incredible filled with a collection of white ironstone.

West Elm

Nicole from Doodles & Stitches made over a pie safe that had been in her family for years. I love the duck egg exterior with the white interior. A style like this, with closed storage on the bottom and open shelves on the top, is the perfect mix of practical storage and display space to show off collectibles.

Doodles & Stitches

The lovely cupboard has a light gray exterior and a natural wood interior. It would be great for displaying a collection of yellow ware or shells and starfish, as shown here.

Lighting is the last major element needed for a dining space. In choosing lighting, consider the size and shape of your table. A fixture that's too large or too small will throw off the balance of the room. In terms of style, there are a number of different directions to go in.

A simple drum-shaded pendant light always looks clean and unfussy. This one, from Ballard Designs, comes in burlap and jute colors. Either one would be perfect in a coastal setting.  

Ballard Designs

Another classic look is the barn light. This one, from CB2 is quite large (24" in diameter) and would look great over a larger round table. The gunmetal gray color would blend well with blue and green tones. 


The Hoyne Pendant Lamp from Crate & Barrel has a modern shape while the material gives it an industrial vibe. The airiness of the design would make it blend well with coastal decor. An unexpected, but effective choice.

Crate & Barrel

I'm crazy about this Clift Oversized Glass Pendant from Pottery Barn. It's a substantial 18" in diameter and 26" high. Made of handblown glass, it has a slight greenish tint and bronze cap and chain.

Pottery Barn

Moving in a more traditional direction, the Camilla chandelier, also from Pottery Barn, reminds me of twisted vines and branches. It has a lovely organic quality. I think it would look fabulous over a rustic wood farmhouse table.

Pottery Barn

If you have really high ceilings and a large room, you might want to consider a two-tier fixture like this Parisian Wood & Zinc chandelier from Restoration Hardware. I love the combination of the whitewash finished wood and aged metal.

Restoration Hardware

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