A contemporary overscaled paisley pattern that had been splashed with lotus blossoms made a lively background for Victoriana and other antiques in this 1960s home located in Beverly Hills, California.
In this combined dining room and living room space, the paisley pattern with a reddish/pink background was everywhere — it covered the entire back wall above the white molded dado rail, was the upholstery and pillow material for the sofas on either side of the fireplace, and in the foreground, it filled the tablecloth on the dining table.
But there was more to this space than just colorful and eclectic dining room decor — there were many tradional touches, too.
For example, above the dining table was a shimmering antique Victorian crystal chandelier.
In keeping with that light fixture, the fireplace was in a classic style, with a white surround, a blue and white marble insert, and brass fireplace accessories.
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Lined up on the white mantel were some of the homeowner’s cache of 150 Victorian shaving mugs, which his wife, an interior designer, sometimes borrowed to hold flowers on the dining table.
An elegant antique area rug took its position in front of the fireplace — adding softness and contrast to the glossy dark wood floors.
That dark wood also showed up in window shutters. Both long windows had three sets of louvered shutters — two of a fairly typical height, and another of set at the top that was only about a quarter of the others’ size. Those could be left open to allow light and fresh air, all without compromising the room’s privacy.