Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese, owners of design shop Twelve Chairs, which will relocate from Fort Point to the South End in early September, recently helped a young family re-imagine the living and dining area of their South End town house. The duo incorporated cherished family pieces with vintage finds by well-known mid-century designers and infused the scheme with vibrant patterns and fresh colors. Their efforts transformed the traditional floor-through space into the ideal place to entertain friends and family. “We love color but don’t really have a formula,” says Mason. “In this case, it was about injecting youthfulness and making sure the room was welcoming.”
2 | Mason and Giese chose a fun poppy print by Katie Ridder for new cushions on the existing cane-back settee. The wife sewed them herself.
3 | The deep-brown velvet sofa originally belonged to the husband’s grandmother, who had it custom-made in the ’60s. Its low profile, clean lines, and size are perfect for the room.
4 | A brass chandelier by Jonathan Adler adds shine and ties together the dining and living areas by picking up on the brass base of the coffee table and gilt-framed artwork.
5 | The vintage dining table by mid-century master Paul McCobb, found at Reside in Cambridge, seats up to 12. Its six leaves in dark and light finishes can be arranged in different ways.
6 | Danish modern dining chairs by Kai Kristiansen, also from Reside, were reupholstered in an ikat pattern that brings in the colors of the living room and helps hide potential stains.
7 | Woven baskets add color and texture and store toys.
9 | A floral throw pillow breaks up the straight lines of surrounding patterns.