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17 Boldly Beautiful Dining Room Ideas From the Pages of AD

17 Boldly Beautiful Dining Room Ideas From the Pages of AD


A Juan Pablo Molyneux Tour de Force

“The dining room, my favorite room in the apartment, was designed as a singerie,” AD100 decorator Juan Pablo Molyneux told Architectural Digest in March 2004. (Singe means “monkey” in French, and indeed, that very animal can be glimpsed on the nearby drapes.) This dining room is in fact Molyneux’s own, and is located in his famed Parisian apartment in Le Marais. The wooden chairs are Italian.

Cole & Son Nuvolette Stone Wallpaper

A traditional dining room, from its window dressings to tasseled seat cushions. 

Photographed by Tim Street-Porter, Architectural Digest, February 2004

One Northern California Dining Room

In February 2004, Architectural Digest featured this dining room (as well as what it looked like pre-redesign). Decorated by AD100’s The Wiseman Group, the space possesses an equal commitment to traditional decor and a red-toned color palette. Yellow flowers sprout from blue-and-white vases to lend an extra glow. 

Blue & White Hand Painted Ceramic Delfts Long Necked Decorative Bud Vase Floral

The moldings in this interior are one of its many star elements. 

Photographed by Derry Moore, Architectural Digest, January 1986

A Dining Room to Make Anyone Green With Envy

In January 1986, Derry Moore photographed this minty piece of dining room perfection. The room was used by its occupants for more formal occasions. A crystal chandelier, blue-and-white vases, and a richly appointed carpet all add to its luster. Hung on the walls are paintings by Jamie Wyeth.

Oak Bok Dining Table in Varnished Black in Various Sizes

A flower-filled retreat. 

Photographed by Richard Champion, Architectural Digest, May/June 1976

A 1970s Interior by Mario Buatta

Mario Buatta really did love floral dining rooms. The May/June 1976 issue of Architectural Digest featured another one of his escapist interiors in which clients could dine together. Located not far from New York City, the country house made for the perfect setting for a Waterford chandelier. The chairs are painted white and feature a wheel-back structure. 

Set of Eight Circa 1940s-1960s Modified Wheelback Dining Side Chairs

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