Last Look with Barclay Butera

The renowned interior designer from the eponymous firm is known for his “coastal chic” interiors and licensed products. Here, he gives us the insider scoop behind his choices for this Newport Beach, CA, dining room that fuses high shine and rustic textures.  

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Dining room designed by Barclay Butera

1. “With all the stone and wood, I knew that a light fixture with incredible detail and shine would be the perfect exclamation mark for the project. Especially when you deal with neutrals, you’d better have lots of texture in there or it can go flat very quickly.” Chandelier is from Hudson Furniture, designed by founder Barlas Baylar.


2. “I love this table. It’s thick and chic and sleek. Look at that finish. But I knew that seating of the same feel could look cold and austere; we wanted the dining area to be warm and inviting. The addition of the chairs did just that.” Table and chairs are custom Barclay Butera, and the host and hostess chairs are Guy Chaddock.


3. “I’m not big on fussy linens. If you sit down at a table to dine and there is too much going on, I think it completely detracts from the experience. And why would you want to cover that table? Elegant china, crystal and stemware are all you need, with a few fun touches like the simple stone, starfish and other accoutrements for interest. They are great conversation starters, that’s for sure.” China, flatware and stemware are all from Match, made in England.

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