A Touch of Lavender: Dining Room Design by Ashley Whittaker

Imagine one room in a house so beautiful, it needs its own feature. That's the case for this dining room design by interior designer Ashley Whittaker.

This masterpiece features scenic wallpaper, de Gournay's Jardinieres Citrus Trees, handed Whittaker a "launching palette". For the azure of Hines & Company's Moccasin upholstery on J. Alexander chairs and the lavender of curtains in a Manuel Canovas fabric. Canary Grande pendants are by Chameleon Fine Lighting and the Patricia lamps, by Christopher Spitzmiller. The Stratum rug is from Merida.

When you proposed lavender curtains, did the client gasp?

I look at a scenic paper and ask myself, What is the weird color in here? Then I pull out some unexpected nuance that keeps things from getting staid or static. In this case, it was that lavender, which we also used on the gimp under the nailheads trimming the blue chair seats. This might not have been our client's first choice of color for the curtains, but she got excited when she saw the fabric. We realized we could try things that might intimidate some people, like the big Indian-print paper in the upstairs hallway or the sparkly silk wall covering in the master bath. That's the client's J.Lo moment, and it didn't scare her one bit.

This story featuring Ashley Whittaker originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of House Beautiful.


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