designer: veronica sanders
size: 144 square feet (13 square meters)
homeowner request. “Our client, a burn victim with small children, an autistic son and a teenage daughter, wanted a home that was safe, functional, and able to express her heritage,” says designer Veronica Sanders. “The client’s desire for the dining room was clear: a contemporary, African-centric aesthetic that provides comfort and style for family gatherings on vacation.
“My main focus as a designer was to ensure that the space was not only beautiful, but safe and functional. This included incorporating proper spacing for walkability, ample storage space for a family dinner, and restricted-traffic zones that could accommodate a client’s wheelchair if needed. It also had to be designed considering the existing carpet and architectural features such as windows, lighting, openings, wainscoting, and carpet placement.
special features. Black acacia curved table and black leather and wicker chairs. A mango buffet with emoji engraved on the front. Indoor and outdoor rug. “To achieve the desired contemporary African-centric style, we incorporated bold patterns and colors that reflected the client’s cultural heritage,” Sanders says. “We added an elegant touch to the space by using warm earth tones and natural materials such as wood and stone.
“In addition, we made sure that the furniture was comfortable, stylish, and had enough seating for family members and guests. With safety in mind, we chose rounded, smooth edges for most of the furniture. This is evident in the curved edges of the dining table and the rounded backrests of the dining chairs, which helps reduce impact and injury to small children and guests in wheelchairs. Make sure you have enough space to operate.
“The art pieces that adorn this home have been carefully curated to showcase the talent of black and African artists. wax series 7 A canvas painted by Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke. The striking backdrop combined with the bold figure of an African woman made this piece the perfect choice for the space. ”
designer tips. “For this space, we employed several design techniques to enhance the aesthetic appeal,” says Saunders. “We utilized a strange grouping of metal sculptures to create a unique and eye-catching display. Additionally, we hung curtains close to the ceiling to create the illusion of an elevated room. But my personal favorite was incorporating tall plants and foliage.
Dining table: black acacia padden, 94″, four hand
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