ON DINING ROOMS
As the winner of HGTV's design competition show, "Design Wars," Shirry Dolgin knows a thing or two about creating a standout design. With a flair for contemporary style, Dolgin opened her design shingle A.S.D. Interiors in Burbank, California, back in 2004 and currently serves clients coast to coast. She shares her passion for design while teaching us how to create a showstopping dining room.
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Shirry: My philosophy is that a formal dining room needs to have its own personality. Try something fun, different, and one that has some drama!! A great tip is to get an unexpected light fixture! Try something out of your comfort zone that may spark a conversation.
Shirry: I started first with shopping for the table. I knew that I wanted something that was contemporary and that would be a show stopper! When I came across this piece, it literally stopped me in my tracks. I knew that my client would love it and the rest of the color palette was built upon that.
Shirry: One common trend is having a fireplace in your dining room. Now this requires some remodeling and a lot of space, but it's a gorgeous element to have in a dining room!
Shirry: I see people slowly moving into the appreciation for modern and contemporary design in the mainstream market. Consumers are appreciating a much more streamlined look and are getting used to having more contemporary design elements in their homes.
Shirry: I really do think this is my favorite thus far. I've included the before pictures, so as you can see it was a drastic change!
Shirry: I know most people say the kitchen and master bathroom are the top two (and I agree with that), but as far as furnished rooms, I would say a formal dining room is one of the most important rooms in a home. Even though so many homes now have great room that incorporate a dining space, there is still something very elegant and intriguing that a formal dining room atmosphere creates when entertaining.
Shirry: I try as much as possible to get pieces that are custom made and unique. For instance, this dining table was custom made by an outstanding artist names John Beck. He made this one of a kind table from metal and painted the design on it. The dining chairs were also custom made.
Shirry: Start with a design on paper first and measure, measure, measure!! I hear it so often that clients try to hit the stores first and get lost and overwhelmed with all the furniture choices. But a well-designed room is not just the furniture! You have to think of the space as a whole. If you don't have the eye for it, then try consulting with a design professional -- even if it's just to get you started on the right path.