dining room in neutral tones with dark wood table in serene home
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What an Understatement

"The house is incredibly charming, and the minute I walked in I just knew I could make it spectacular," she recalls. "But because the rooms were small and the ceilings were low, I knew it had to be almost monochromatic to create a sense of flow." Working with a preservation-minded contractor, she restored mantels, moldings, and built-in cabinets, and rebuilt worn pine floors downstairs.

Shown: To give a vintage Colonial a quiet edge, ebonized floors were paired with updated-traditional furnishings.
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