This dining room had been a hastily put together room that was formerly a son porch. You had to step up and over a high threshold from the living room and then step down to a sloping tile floor. We hand to build a wood sub floor in order to create a flat surface for the new light oak flooring. We laced it into the existing light oak living room floor that was very beat up. Our flooring contractor, Ed Young, refinished and sealed them both to a seamless perfection.
We removed what was left of the original door framing and a useless built in shelf that was not deep enough to put anything. this really enlarged the openings which we drywalled in a simple, modern way. I wanted to keep the openness of the hillside views, yet provide some separation from the living and dining room. I designed a custom screen which would allow light to filter through. I originally wanted lattice, but I wanted something a little less traditional. I used a fleur-de-lis patterned lattice which created the garden element we wanted in a fresh and interesting way. We used the same white lattice on the ceiling between the beams, The green painted ceiling pops through the fleur-de-lis cutouts for a stunning effect.
We softened this crispness with a buttery and dreamy pineapple fabric which we used for the drapes and the back wall. We removed and filled in where a unused door led from the dining room into the guest room. By eliminating this, we were able to create a focal point and double our storage space with that gorgeous basket weave patterned Danish credenza.