Room Envy: This Virginia-Highland dining room will have you all atwitter

This cheerful space sets the tone for a relaxed gathering
Virginia-Highland dining room

Photograph by Christina Wedge

This cheerful—some might even say cheeky—dining room sets the tone for relaxed gatherings, which is the way we like to entertain in the South, says interior designer Lathem Gordon. For this Virginia-Highland home, she and partner Cate Dunning expertly layered colorful materials and patterns.

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Schumacher’s “A-twitter” wallpaper inspired this space for Chris and Laura Freitag. “It’s simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated,” says Dunning.

Red light
An airy lantern from Currey & Co. gives the wallpaper competition in the “look at me” category. Dunning says she couldn’t resist adding “just one more pop of color.”

Clean lines
Like that laid-back person who balances lively party chatter, this simple table from Restoration Hardware grounds the room. Plus, it expands to seat 10.

Head of the table
Striking host chairs have become dining room staples for this design team. Here, navy animal print seats are planted at each end of the table.

Step softly
The Surya rug’s subtle graphic pattern adds interest without overwhelming the room.

Tip: Floor-to-ceiling wallpaper might have looked too busy, so the designers added wainscoting painted a fresh white (“Alabaster” by Sherwin-Williams).

This article originally appeared in our June 2017 issue.