Best Dining Room

Home Design Awards 2018


Sleek Statement Style
Kay Genua Designs

“This dining room was a labor of love,” Kay Genua of Kay Genua Designs says. “We found the best of the best of what we loved in style and had each piece custom made.” For the new home build, Kay began with the floor plan — first considering two round tables before deciding on two mirrored buffets coupled with a single long, sleek table. “The client has a large family and hosts Christmas every year,” Kay says, “so seating was critical.” She worked with local artisans to custom design the buffets, dining table and chairs and didn’t shy away from textures and finishes. Cotton draperies frame the light-filled windows, and patterned velvet clad the host and hostess chairs while the side chairs featured a contrasting velvet. Grasscloth was applied to the wall behind the buffets, and accessories were kept chic, metallic and simple. The Serena Waterfall chandelier by Oly Studio, with its cascading capiz shells, was a find at Pettigrew in Dallas and an instant favorite — much like the airy, neutral color scheme. “We had variations of grays in the entire first floor,” adds Kay. “When I was presented the yellow in a vendor meeting, it sparked the whole room for me.”


Elegant Dining With a Velvet Touch
Kim Milam Interior Design

Owner of her namesake firm since 2003, Fort Worth-based designer Kim Milam is well-versed in creating spaces that make an impact — and in a plethora of styles that both embodies her clients’ personalities and uniquely capitalizes on their homes. This beautiful dining room is a perfect illustration of polished elegance, with a thoughtful combination of textures and tones. “Because this dining room is flooded with morning light, we were able to select a pewter metallic paint color without making the room feel dark,” Kim says. And never one to shy away from a rich dose of color, she gave the seating a facelift. “Reupholstering chairs that the client already owned in green cut velvet became a wonderful warming texture to the metallic walls,” Kim says. Across from the table, the pretty French door is framed with gold wool draperies featuring Greek Key trim on a hand-rubbed walnut drapery rod. Standout crown molding, a recessed ceiling feature and crystal chandelier add to the luxe tone, but the pièce de résistance is what’s on the wall. An abstract work-on-paper by Dallas-based artist Otis Jones — sourced from William Campbell Contemporary Art — takes center stage. It balances the hues in the room while providing a scenic focal point for an artful finishing touch.


The Pink Wallpaper Ceiling
Paxton Place Design

Not many homeowners can boast about their bright pink wallpapered dining room ceiling. But in this case, it’s the best detail in the whole room — a space orchestrated by Stacie Paxton of Paxton Place Design. “We wanted drama without too much color in the space, and this was the perfect fit!” says the designer, who always seeks to bring one absolutely amazing feature into each of the spaces she creates. “In this case, it was the ceiling. The room was small, so my clients wanted an element of surprise.” Since the wallpaper was so bold, Stacie incorporated a clean, neutral palette — one she’d kept consistent throughout the rest of the 3,000-square-foot new build. A dark, textured table anchored all the light, cream tones, and an oversized sisal rug added texture while breaking up the dark furniture and darkly stained concrete flooring. Other decor details, like the walls, chairs and drapes, were kept smooth and simple. And a shabby chic chandelier from Lee Lighting added a subtle touch of glam. “The light fixture was eclectic, light and airy,” Stacie says. “but with interesting qualities to pull the whole space together.”


Rebecca Boles, AIA, RID

Currently the assistant dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at The University of Texas at Arlington, Rebecca Boles’ involvement in the program extends two decades, where she also serves as a studio instructor. Her previous teaching posts include stints at TCU, Carnegie Mellon University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed 14 years of architectural experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Kohn Pederson Fox Interiors, Cossuta and Associates and Morrison Seifert. Rebecca maintains an active role in the Texas Society of Architects and received an American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter Merit Award in 2003.

Grace Mitchell

Creator and writer of design and DIY blog, A Storied Style, which often chronicles the renovation of her and her family’s 1919 foursquare home, Grace Mitchell’s love for design has grown from a passion to a career. She has since taken on numerous interior design projects for clients and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and has created designs for several major brands, including Home Depot, Pottery Barn Kids and House Beautiful magazine.  

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the University of North Texas, Lisa Teakell spent over 12 years as an interior designer at local mainstay Joseph Minton. She has since become an entrepreneur, going solo and opening her own interior design business, Lisa Teakell Design, LLC. Steering away from a one-size-fits-all approach, Lisa works in numerous styles and excels at effective communication with homeowners to achieve desired results. Lisa is the incoming chair of the American Society of Interior Designers Fort Worth Design Community.