CAMPO CHIC - Projects and Interior Design
Sarah de Graaff-Hunter

Dining

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The curved green metal pergola covered with fine cane matting was made for Sarah, to her design, by the local blacksmith. It shades the square Moroccan ’zellige’ dining table from the hot summer sun and, with the various pots filled with shrubs and flowers and the colour -washed terracotta pink walls, creates a cool and attractive eating area on the side terrace of a newly-built country ’cortijo’.
Leading onto a vine-covered small patio is the dining area of a large kitchen/dining room in an old village house which Sarah restored in the mid-90’s. The dining chairs are a classic Spanish country design, made of pine with rush seats, and are set around a pine table covered with a tablecloth that conceals a brass ’brasero’ charcoal burner beneath it which helped to keep people warm in winter in the days before central heating!
Sarah had this Moroccan ’zellige’ tiled table with metal base made specially in Fez. Under the cover of the pergola it gives an ideal eating area for 8 - 10 people winter or summer.
The antique round pine table and carved olive wood chairs were found in an antique shop near Gaucin by Sarah and help to create a visually attractive and yet functional dining area in the double-height living room in a country house in the Genal valley. An 18th century carved gilt Italian marble-topped console table , which was a family piece , makes an ideal sideboard for the serving dishes and completes this harmonious dining space.
On this south-facing terrace of a country house near Gaucin one can enjoy superb views and have breakfast around a small round Moroccan table which Sarah brought back from Tangiers. The bamboo and wooden beamed terrace cover has been waterproofed so gives full protection, enabling it to be used all year round.