Home design ideas: A combo dining room and library in Lexington

When Rachel Dunham’s clients, a Lexington loved ones of 4, questioned her to abide by the fantastic area she designed for them with a new glimpse for the eating space, Dunham’s to start with go was to exchange the desk and chairs with extra sizeable pieces. “The kinds they were utilizing were being far too smaller for the house,” the designer says. They also wanted to up grade the builder-grade light-weight fixture and add window treatment options. As for the mood, the household was not fascinated in formal or stuffy. “They use the room when friends come above,” Dunham states, “so they wished exciting and approachable.”

1 “It’s great to have a pair of upholstered chairs for company that might want somewhere incredibly comfortable to sit,” Dunham claims. The pale grey and white general performance material provides refined pattern, texture, and softness.

2 Rhode Island home furnishings maker O&G Studio crafted the timeless desk and Windsor chairs that are intended to turn into relatives heirlooms. “I never like a matching set,” Dunham suggests. “We chose an ebony end for the desk and oyster grey chairs.”

3 While Dunham did not established out to create a mixture eating space and library, the collection on the bookshelves infuses temperament. “The books were being haphazardly stacked on this Area & Board shelf, so we sorted and styled them,” she claims.

4 Sheer drapery with an irregular raindrop pattern tempers the windows’ challenging traces and aids complete the large room. “There’s no want for privacy out back so these are nonfunctioning, which will save on fabric,” Dunham claims.

5 The 48-inch chandelier by Arteriors works effectively with the 96-inch-extended desk. “A light-weight need to be just one-3rd to just one-fifty percent the size of the table,” the designer suggests.

6 The overdyed blue rug from Linda’s Barn in New Hampshire usually takes cues from the existing wall shade. “Oushak-design rugs cover spills better than solid rugs,” Dunham claims. “The small pile helps make it easy to go the chairs in and out.”


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send out opinions to [email protected]