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Design Elements: A Living Room With History

Design Elements: A Living Room With History

For designer Tamsin Mascetti of Tamsin Design Group, this living room space in a historic Lafayette Square home was like starting with a blank canvas. “The room had really no accessories or details. They had painted the walls brown, so we wanted to bring some color and character into that,” she says.

The table, which is from India, became the centerpiece of the space. It was the perfect focal point because it added “so much character” to the room, Mascetti says. Next, they brought in some rich, textural fabrics from Romo Fabrics for the chairs. “We fell in love with that fabric, and our color palette became red, brown and cream.”

Mascetti and her clients picked an Oriental rug that confirmed the palette and created custom silk draperies in cream. They selected a pagoda mirror from Horchow, along with some vases from there, as well. Gold elements were added in by way of a table from Arteriors, which “really accentuated the chandelier,” Mascetti says. A vintage poster in the corner, which the clients found while traveling, brings all the colors together and adds interest.

“We wanted to create a comfortable space to entertain that would be eccentric and build off what they already had,” Mascetti says. “It’s eclectic, but elegant at the same time. It’s perfect for this historic home.”

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Robyn is LN's digital editor and a staff writer. Proud alumna of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis and Eastern Illinois University. Avid coffee drinker, dog lover, concertgoer and word nerd.

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