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When you mix together a few heaping scoops of modern design, a dash of traditional architecture, a rounded tablespoon of clean lines, and a pinch of Kate Spade, it yields exactly this dining room. This model home beauty is one of the first rooms you see as you walk in the door; it faces a home office and a beautiful wide hallway. The design challenge was to make it formal enough to match the beautiful office, but light enough to capture the eye and welcome any potential future homeowners. To keep things light and airy, this room was designed to serve maximum impact with minimal accessories; oversized plexiglass art on the wall, long white tapered candles, and minimalist dinnerware leave the room looking fresh without creating visual clutter.

The chandelier from Kirsch lighting, classic architectural details like the wide crown molding, tray ceiling, and wainscoting, and the sweeping lines of the dark furniture help preserve the luxury and solemnity of traditional dining rooms while creating a strong frame for playful pattern mixing. A leather geometric rug mirrors the shapes of the case goods and upholstered chairs. Long, polka-dotted curtains are an unexpected pop of youthful elegance that complement the rug. However careful this mix of modern pattern may be, the resulting combination feels effortless and gives the room a playful atmosphere in a formal setting. Whether the future homeowners make a habit of throwing dinner parties and serving crudités or artfully plating some leftovers on the run, this dining room is a functional space that still looks good enough to eat.

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