Sometimes a design project involves adding more elements, while other times it requires removing and simplifying. When designing this dining room, Nathan Taylor, principal designer and owner of Obelisk Home, took a less-is-more approach to allow this space’s most classic, original details to shine.
“The dining room was originally very dark and heavy,” Taylor says. “It was such a distraction from the architectural integrity.” Underneath the bulky layers, Taylor could immediately recognize the beauty of the original details in this Don Russell home. Russell is a late, renowned Springfield architect who designed homes in the 1920s into the 1990s.
The first order of business was to remove visual weight in the room, including the draperies and tan wallpaper. However, they chose to keep the antique brass and crystal chandelier and original details, such as the stained glass window and rustic wood beams. “All of a sudden, the room had more of a refined rustic elegance,” he says. “It now has the classic traditional look, but downplayed.”