A designer’s cozy green dining room is perfect for holiday entertaining

Kristin Kong gave the green light on this design

Kristin Kong room envy

Photograph by Martha Williams

A velvet Ikat fabric that Kristin Kong discovered at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul became the catalyst for her Atlanta dining room. “I’ve always loved green and knew I would build a room around it,” says the interior designer. “It’s now my favorite room of the house.”

Chair flair
“I’m sort of a sucker for chairs, so having them all the same would be a missed opportunity,” Kong says. Three types of chairs—all from Scott Antique Markets or estate sales and repurposed—surround her table, wearing green, cream, and gold.

Mural magic
The designer commissioned a mural from Leftbank Art based on a painting, creating the look of frescoed walls. “The murals envelop you in a myriad of greens,” says Kong.

Dancing bulbs
A light fixture by Arteriors provides a retro, sculptural touch above the table.

Doorway drama
Kong designed the unusual doorway shape as a recurring motif throughout her house.

Short but sweet
The Turkish fabric was only 14 inches wide, but Kong found four cream-colored chairs with a slim base to wear the pattern.

Designer Tip
Buying “flawed” materials can help the budget. Decorative trim on the window treatments was reduced because of some fading, so Kong got a discount. “I loved the ombre effect and also got a great deal.”

This article appears in our December 2019 issue.