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Provencal Dining

April 17, 2014

The casual and warm elegance of a country dining setting.

French provincial dining table with ladderback chairs
Even a small space can be used as a family dining room with the correct selection of furniture.
Bordeaux dining table in cherrywood
The rich warmth of the cherrywood dining table complements the custom terracotta tiling.
Painting and ornaments
Bold colours are incorporated into the space with bright accessories and art works.
French outdoor dining setting
The delicate scrollwork of this traditional outdoor setting brings a touch of romance to the space.
Provencal style painted tableware
Consider switching plain white tableware for a more country style painted dining set.

This family dining space was created to complement the adjoining kitchen and highlight the European feel of the space.

As a centrepiece, Jean-Christophe selected the Bordeaux dining table in cherrywood, which combines a warm timber finish with a rich parquet pattern top and a country style painted base in antique white. Six Avignon ladderback chairs surround the table, and were also painted in white to create a greater sense of space. The upholstered seats provide comfort and enhance the classic provincial look and feel.

A Louis 16 – XVI hall table was placed on one side of the room, and provides space to display a collection of Dutch pewter. This allows the family to showcase their much-loved possessions.

Christophe Living’s resident artist painted a number of still lifes to decorate and enliven the space. The rich colours and gorgeous framing used in the artworks give the dining space character and energy. The plates shown on the table are from a famous ceramic artist from the South of France and are hand painted in the traditional colours of Provence.

Through the window one can see a lovely outdoor dining space, with garden furniture sourced by Jean-Christophe. This paved area is perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast or a supper on balmy summer evenings.

Both the kitchen and dining spaces are much loved by the family and provide enjoyable entertainment spaces when they have visitors to their home.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.