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Designer Jocelyn Chiappone’s clients have contrasting tastes, so she balanced that in this dining room design. “The traditional piece is the table, while the chairs have a modern appeal,” she says.Greg Premru

In this South End dining room for a young family of four, Jocelyn Chiappone has embraced the couple’s disparate tastes – she favors the traditional and he leans towards the modern – by channeling the Art Deco style. “The traditional piece is the table, while the chairs have a modern appeal,” says Chiappone, director of Digs Design Company. From there, she layered in circa-1920s details, such as the console’s radial pattern, the arches of the rug, and glamorous touches of brass. The color palette, which combines soft pastels with dark tones, accentuates the effect.

1 A Patterson Flynn rug in cream, grey, camel and blush was the starting point. “The modern scalloped pattern is playful, so we kept the rest quiet and sophisticated,” says the designer.

2 Two different styles of chairs enliven the whole, as do the combinations of upholstery fabrics. “The angles of the silhouettes are accentuated by the contrasting fabrics,” explains Chiappone.

3 The light gray and antique finish of the table keeps it from feeling heavy while the details – cut corners and vertical beads – enhance Chiappone’s multi-layered approach. “It has a certain patina, which was helpful since that’s where the family eats every day,” she says.

4 Hwang Bishop pale green ceramic lamps were handcrafted in Warren, Rhode Island. “The matching china was a fluke,” she says. “We found out after the fact.”

5 A Phillip Jeffries grass fabric wallcovering with metallic threads brightens up the space. “The room is on the ground floor, so there’s not a lot of light,” says Chiappone. “It’s very thoughtful.”

6 The brass and acrylic chandelier has simple lines but lots of style. “It also looks great with pieces in the entryway,” she says. “I see lighting as a cohesive connection throughout the home.”


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