Date: February 19, 2019 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
Designer Miguel Newberg transforms her family’s main dining space into an area reflective of their style
The Newberg family hadn’t planned on a move (you may remember their previous home, which had been recently remodeled, was featured in At Home in 2016); however, this house spoke to them. “This was one of my client’s homes, and I had always loved it,” designer Miguel Newberg recalls. “I told my husband, Andy, I wanted him to see it, and when he walked in he felt the same way I did.”
While the house had great bones and a comfortable flow, it needed updates to match the family’s preference for light, livable interiors. Case in point: the dining room. “The previous couple had lived here for more than 30 years, so everything fit their family,” Miguel says. “It was very lovely but needed to be updated to work for us.”
The designer remedied this with new paint, wallpaper, and window coverings—all in an airy blue and white palette. She also incorporated pieces from their previous house, including the chandelier, artwork, and buffet, to make it feel like home. “I really wanted this space to be both happy and soothing,” Miguel says. “It’s not only a place where we sit down to dinner every night as a family, but also the space we use for entertaining guests, and it works for both those things.”
Pieces of Miguel and Andy’s wedding china (Lenox’s “Solitaire”) are paired with mother-of-pearl chargers for an easy yet elegant table setting. Miguel inherited the same pattern from her parents, giving her a large set to use when entertaining guests.
Fresh floral arrangements bring a bit of the outdoors inside and provide color at the table. Here, a low vase of roses mixes with the height of calla lilies, tulips, white stock, and eucalyptus in the tall vase.
In need of more storage, Miguel found a pair of glass-front cabinets at Little Rock’s Phoenix Interiors. “I love the pine wood with the white wash, and I especially like being able to see all the pieces we’ve collected through the years,” the designer says.
Miguel sold her previous dining table—which had a long, rectangular form—to a client and replaced it with this round option. Upholstered chairs soften the pairing of wood pieces. A piece of artwork by David Bell that hung in the master bath of the couple’s previous house found a new home over the buffet. “It adds an unexpected pop of whimsy here,” Miguel says, “and I love this mix.”
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