This Old Dining Room Got a Striking, Jewel-Toned Upgrade

Designer Nikki Dalrymple enlivens an antique farmhouse in Mattapoisett with a dose of color and midcentury-modern style.

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Thanks to original posts and beams and wide-plank floors, this 17th-century farmhouse in Mattapoisett exudes historical charm. But the new owners, who’d purchased the saltbox-style abode as a second residence, felt it lacked a certain joie de vivre—particularly in the dining room. So they called in Nikki Dalrymple, owner of Acquire. “They wanted a [space] that you would walk into and say, ‘Wow!’” she says.

To give the 240-square-foot room a much-needed refresh, Dalrymple first tackled color. Playing to the clients’ predilection for cool jewel tones, she proposed using shades of green to offset neutral walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s “Ammonite.” A late-1800s tapestry featuring a bird’s-eye view of a formal garden provides a relaxed backdrop, while emerald-hued velvet upholstery from Perennials takes center stage. “It’s luxe, but bulletproof,” Dalrymple says. For a secondary accent color, the designer acquiesced to pink. “The wife loves pink,” she says. “I need my arm twisted to use it.”

When it came to furnishing the centuries-old space, the owners wanted a midcentury-modern sensibility. As Dalrymple mused over how to wed the seemingly antithetical styles, she realized the home’s Colonial flavor lent itself to midcentury silhouettes. “They are both pared-down [styles], not ornamental or overly decorative,” she explains. A Thomasville extension table boasts brass-capped legs, and the chairs are a contemporary Japanese designer’s spin on midcentury-modern style. A walnut sideboard by local maker Thos. Moser, meanwhile, offers ample storage and a nod to the home’s early American roots.

For the finishing touches, Dalrymple chose accessories that reflect the owners’ personalities. A blue-resin cherry sculpture expresses their quirky sense of humor, while an industrial-style cabinet of curiosities channels a natural-history vibe that references the wife’s love for animals and gardening. “The room has a lot of drama, but it’s not fussy or disconnected from the architecture,” Dalrymple says. “There’s no French rococo happening here.”

Photo by Michael J. Lee

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