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Charming Living & Dining Room

Crisp white paint lends a beachy vibe.

Architect Shari Orenstein opened up this 1,000-square-foot cottage's divided rooms into one large living room, dining area and kitchen (beyond the island). A soaring ceiling with exposed rafters meant there would be tall expanses of drywall, so Orenstein wrapped the lower walls in beadboard wainscotting topped with a chair rail to add texture and interest. Blue dining chairs and stately leather armchairs break up the all-white scheme.

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  • Photographer: Stacey Brandford
  • Source: House & Home June 2005 issue
  • Products: Dining chairs, Ikea; club chairs, Elte; sofa, The Bay; coffee table, Pottery Barn; refurbished chandelier, paintings, Green Walls and Blue Flower, Shari Orenstein; wall colour, Polar Bear (1875); trim colour, Eggshell Cream (W-D-300), Behr; flooring, windows, doors, siding, installation and labour, The Home Depot; blue silk pillow (on chair), La Compania; yellow cabinet, UpCountry; Moroccan lantern, L'Atelier; glass hurricane lantern, turquoise glass lanterns, Horsefeathers!; white tray (on coffee table), French Country; lemon ceramic centerpiece, Muti.
  • Designer: Shari Orenstein

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