Julie’s Dining Room, After
Grand, lustrous drapes in rich taffeta dress up the windows like a ball gown and balance the large table. Hung on two short rods, these purely decorative curtains maximize daylight.
To buy: Metallic Grey taffeta in Seagully Grey, $49 a yard, wolfhome-ny.com.
A slimmed-down chandelier, freed of more than 100 crystals that were masking its shape (Korban clipped them off with a wire cutter), feels fresh and hip.
Antique Chinese urns (reproductions, of course) are a regal remedy for the empty-table problem. Their classical pattern and shape tie them into the house’s genteel sensibility.
To buy: Chinese porcelain vases, $485 each, flairhomecollection.com.
Blue velvet upholstery, replacing staid beige and yellow stripes, revives the dining chairs. They relate nicely to the drapes, without overmatching, and add a layer of luxury.
To buy: Antique Velvet in navy, $45 a yard, zarinfabrics.com.
Cowhide rugs (two that overlap) are glamorous, edgy, and a far cry from the Oriental rug that you would expect. The soft texture and hue lighten up dark floors and furniture.
To buy: Albino cowhide rugs, $568 each, shadesoflight.com.