Colorful Dining SpaceContemporary Dining Room, Minneapolis
Color inspiration for this dining space was taken from the client's own rug and repeated in the multi-colored stripe drapery panels, artwork and turquoise upholstered chairs. A handmade paper shade chandelier adds drama and ambiance.
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Architecture by Jack Smuckler, Smuckler Architecture
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Protected leather. Stains may be removed from protected leather. Water-based spills such as soda and juice can be wiped off with a clean white cloth lightly dampened in distilled water, and then left to air-dry. On stubborn stains, American Leather recommends gently applying a soft cloth or sponge moistened with a mild nondetergent soap and lukewarm water, and then wiping it off with a clean damp cloth and blotting dry with another soft cloth. Never use an air dryer on leather.Oil-based stains, such as butter or body oil, should be blotted with a clean, dry white cloth. Do not use any water. The stain will dissipate into the leather over time. For butter, oil or grease stains on pigmented leathers, Melissa Brown of American Leather recommends Leather Degreaser by Uniters.When in doubt and for any difficult stains, consult a leather cleaning professional.
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The dining room faces the front yard. "This view rivals that of the lake," says Hagen. "The house is set back from the road, so all you see are grass and beautiful trees." The homeowners already had the rug, dining table and artwork; Hagen used them for color inspiration. She added silk striped side panels next to the windows and the blue chairs, which are vinyl. "If you're going to go with turquoise, why bother with leather?" she says. "Plus, they have grandchildren coming to dinner. The most important aspect was that the chairs be very comfortable." The ethereal light fixture is made of handmade paper, and its shape picks up on other curves seen around the house. Chairs: Bernhardt