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The wood stool came from a consignment store. Its elemental chunkiness offers the room an important injection of rawness and ‘un-design.’No one should fuss about setting a cup of coffee or glass of wine on it.

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In an open floor plan with an eclectic mix of furnishings, it’s always a sound plan to make the artwork large and powerful.

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For the area over the desk we chose a quiet, modern painting. It distinguishes the work from the living room without trying to compete with it.

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Tables matter: the designers here hunted down an ensemble cast of complementary pieces.

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It’s well-known that white walls are desirable because they make a dim space brighter. What’s understood less is that such walls need a measure of pigment to look their best.

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