SPECIALIZED DINING PLACES
Because the couple entertains frequently, special attention was given to dining areas. The main formal dining room has walnut floors for added, rich warmth and mechanized doors in the butler’s pantry for greater ease when serving or clearing.
The dining table, which seats 16 comfortably, has armed chairs all around. “Tommy felt strongly about that,” says Chantal. “He wanted everyone to have arm chairs, not just those at the head and foot, so they would know that everyone seated around the table in our home is equally important.”
The design on the walnut doors that open into the dining room was created by affixing to the glass a piece of lace, whose design was traced, then etched into the glass. The twin chandeliers of amethysts and antique gold are hung over the custom-made table.
“There’s an interesting story about this table. Right after we moved in, our families were coming for Christmas, and we didn’t have a table big enough to seat everyone. So we asked our carpenter — our really good carpenter, that is — if he could make us one to use just for that time. The table he made was so beautiful that we asked him to put some additional finishing touches on it, and it’s the table we use to this day. I’m sure that makes it one of a kind!”
Off of the main dining room, there is an equally formal, but smaller dining room. “On those occasions when we’re having fewer dinner guests, we didn’t want them sitting at a 18-ft. table with 16 chairs, so we decided to have an additional, smaller dining room that seats only six. It’s a much more intimate room. It’s cozy.”