Instead of a separate dining room, this late 60s home in Northern California had a classically-styled yellow dining area that was part of a large open-plan living space.
The homeowners were especially looking for a big room that would be flexible for entertaining. The large wide-open living area was almost like a room itself, set apart not by walls but mainly by the furniture.
The antique rectangular Louis XVI dining table was made of wood with a warm, dark finish. It could seat twelve, but by shifting it around 90 degrees, space could be made for a round table from the nearby breakfast room that could seat ten more.
As seen here, the table was surrounded by six antique provincial ladder-back chairs, each with a yellow seat cushion. Overhead was a simple crystal chandelier.
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On top of the polished hardwood floor, the dining area had a patterned area rug — squares with a repeated yellow rose bouquet motif, with ribbony borders dividing the carpet like a grid.
Behind the table was a pair of divider screens, covered with flowers and nature scenes against a sky blue backdrop, painted by American visual artist Ira Yeager.
The colorful panels could form a temporary mural when they were set close together in front of the dining table before dinner was served, or be set near the window to add more color and whimsy to the room.
At the edge of the room, against the wall of glass, tall shutter-like folding wood panels — painted the same butter yellow as the walls — could cover the high windows or be moved aside.