When it comes to actors with Southern charm, no one has more than Reese Witherspoon. From her put-together portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde to her Oscar-winning role as country singer June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Witherspoon’s infectious drawl and smile have made her a star.
A few years ago, she and her husband purchased the 1923 Wallace Neff ranch in Ojai, California. The property sits on seven acres and includes a swimming pool, a barn, a horse paddock, and guest cottages.
“It reminds me of growing up in Tennessee, where we spent all day outside,” Witherspoon told Elle Décor magazine when they featured her home in a recent issue. “I wanted my children to have that experience, to get muddy and hang out with the animals.”
We love Witherspoon’s dining room, which puts a fresh and youthful spin on traditional decor. Adjacent to a simple country kitchen, the dining area features a long table and a mix of Swedish chairs, tufted leather benches, and his-and-hers linen wing chairs that accommodated 20 for Thanksgiving dinner.
If you like Witherspoon’s dining room, we’ve got the look. Take a look at these pieces:
Start with an oversized dining table. This beautiful piece is from the HGTV Home Furniture’s Meadowbrook Manor Collection. With two leaves, it can accommodate as many or as few guests you wish. The wood grain is gorgeous on the tabletop and the carved details of the square tapered column legs add more interest.
Next, add a pair of wingback chairs to create head-of-the-table envy. The Woodlands Wing Dining Chairs from HGTV’s Home Collection fit the bill. Upholstered in neutral beige with a burned ash wood finish legs, they provide a comfortable place for the host or hostess to entertain friends after a long day in the kitchen.
Next, add bench seating to the dining room. The Carly Settee from Thread & Feather is sophisticated with a coral pattern in a pale green with a crisply tailored ivory contrast welt. This piece is available in other fabrics, so you can customize the look to make it all yours.
Add even more seating with these Rustic Oak Side Chairs. While the style of the back is different than Witherspoon’s, the feel is the same. Simple and unassuming, the chairs have an x-back and are highlighted with an upholstered soft cream chair seat.
Next, add a sideboard. Made from solid maple for sturdy and lasting appeal, our Saber Server has country charm with modern details. Use it for buffet-style dining or an out-of-the-way bar. It will also handsomely store your extra china and linens. In a two-tone finish, it’s the perfect piece to round out your dining room.
Finally, top your sideboard with our brushed bronze Table Lamp with an ivory linen shade. Transitional in style, the lamp looks great in any home. And it will shed extra light on your sideboard buffet.