Designer Alexis Dotzler of The Hills Design Co. says she’s had the opportunity to work on many light and airy spaces, so this dark and moody dining room was a welcome departure from her usual M.O. “These clients were looking for a dining room with a bit of drama to host dinner parties,” she explains. “After understanding the value of this clients’ friends and family, and desire for closeness and gathering, I created a space that was sophisticated yet comfortable and durable for all ages.” 

The house is located in Texas Hill Country on the outskirts of Austin. The dining room, placed just off the extended foyer, was a modern transitional style and coated in white paint—the perfect blank slate. “It had a gorgeous wall of windows allowing you to feel connected to their backyard oasis, that overlooks the hills, while letting ample natural light pour into the first floor,” she says. “There was a small section on one wall that was already painted black which gave me an indication they would be open to something bold. I suggested painting the entire room in Greenblack by Sherwin Williams, including the trim. Without hesitation they said, ‘we trust you, let’s do it!’”

Other highlights of the space include Thomas O’ Brien sconces from Visual Comfort and the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling linen drapery, which are both enhanced by the paint selection. “There is something really special about creating a space that feels like an experience. At night when the drapes are drawn, music is playing and the sconces are glowing, it feels like you are transported to a restaurant in Florence—their favorite European city—and encouraged to enjoy a meal with your friends. Whenever I look at these images, I can just see a group of close friends surrounded by dim lighting with Leon Bridges playing in the background,” the designer concludes with a smile.

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