The Dining Room
A few years ago when Michael Smith came through Atlanta on his book tour, he observed that Southerners seem to really use their dining rooms. I do think even in small houses and apartments, the dining room is something we've tried not to loose. Traditional styles forever seen up and down the East Coast -- chinoiserie wallpaper, sorbet-colored walls or very deep red walls -- have always been big down here. Take for example the two Suzanne Rheinstein-designed rooms above.
New takes though are being seen all the time: In this clean, mid-century modern North Carolina home, Barrie Benson included an inspired nod to classic Southern dining rooms with the over-scaled framed chinoiserie wallpaper, along one wall.
And of course, globe-trotting jewelry designer, Temple St. Clair Carr, mixed antique chairs from her family's Virginia home with the very modern, iconic Eero Saarinen tulip table.
The current March-April Southern Accents highlights Gracie's scenic hand-painted wallpaper in a contemporary silhouette version. (Actually New Yorker Alexa Hampton lauds it as classic yet youthful.)
Red room shown top via Elle Decor; second dining room via Southern Accents; Barrie Benson interior via domino and Temple St. Clair Carr space vis Elle Decor.