Out of the Blue Dining Room
Quiet Colors and a Love of the water prove to be a perfect match in this room designed by Krista Watterworth Alterman.
Photography by Troy Campbell
Talk to me about the jewelry of the room: the painting and chandelier.
I commissioned local artist Peter Garaj to paint this piece, Blue Horizon, specifically for this room, lending to the beachy feel we were going for. The painting perfectly captures the horizon on a blue misty morning overlooking the ocean. Keeping things fresh and ethereal, the monochromatic color of the chandelier has a quiet elegance about it.
This whole space nods to the idea of quiet elegance.
This home has lovely water views and I wanted to mimic that feeling of serenity throughout the home. The home has an open floor plan, so I had to make subtle selections to differentiate the dining room from the living room. Instead of using color to separate the spaces, I decided to use movement and texture with whitewashed tongue-and-groove panels.
Should a dining room be a space for everyday use or should it be reserved only for special occasions?
Dining rooms should be used everyday. This room works because it truly serves the needs of this family. It’s a space for entertaining that can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the tone of the occasion. You can add elements of formality, while still keeping the space laid back and comfortable.