This delightful, garden-inspired dining room by Victoria Neale is more than just lovely shades of lime and olive - it's also eco-green by design. Opening to terrace doors, this elegant room is fresh and pretty. Your eye is immediately drawn to the settee by Edward Ferrell ( a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council) which is comprised of soy based cushions and covered in flax by Henry Calvin. Above it is a beautiful lemon botonical by local artist John Matthew Moore. The window panels were constructed of vintage printed linen and the sconces are antique. The stunning chandelier is by David Iatesta.
This chic Chinoiserie mirror is an ebay find, transformed from an original dark brown finish to it's new light, mod look. Love this whole vignette!
Gorgeous pillows on the settee. Love the introduction of the plaid on the bolster.
First, take a look at what's behind the chair. The designer created a trellis effect with trim that was hand-dyed with water based dye. The same trim also appears on the settee. The custom rug by Odegard is made of hemp. Here's an inside scoop on this rug - a few days before the showhouse opened a very dark red lipstick type stain appeared on it. It was completely removed by a cleaner and now there is absolutely no trace of it. Love the bamboo chairs from Hickory Chair with both a velvet cushion and mini-bolster. It seems it's always about those little extra details.
The china is from Victoria Neale's personal collection and I am in love with it. This brings up an another interesting eco-green idea - temporarily swap china with your friends for a holiday dinner or party. I was able to avoid buying extra silverware or using plastic knives & forks (!) for my Eddie Ross party by borrowing from 2 friends to supplement my silverware (thanks Anne & Gretchen!)

Hope you're still loving the CharityWorks GreenHouse. I purposely didn't show every amazing detail from Victoria Neale's dining room so be sure to go and check it out for yourself.

One of the 4 charities that will benefit from the funds raised by the showhouse is Friendship Public Charter School. It is the area’s largest public charter school, serving more than 4,000 students from pre-school (3-years-old) to 12th grade on five campuses. They are proud to report that students attending Friendship’s two elementary campuses have not only exceeded state academic requirements for the past six years, they are raising the achievement bar and continue to outpace or equal students at similar public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia.


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