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Embracing vintage

The dining and living areas in a South End town house incorporate mid-century finds and cherished family pieces.

“This was a lot of fun because the clients weren’t afraid to take risks. They made nontraditional choices in a traditional space,” says Miggy Mason.

Sarah Young

“This was a lot of fun because the clients weren’t afraid to take risks. They made nontraditional choices in a traditional space,” says Miggy Mason.

Sarah Young

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.”

1 | The walls have a lavender undertone that’s echoed in the lamp by local ceramicist Jill Rosenwald and the Madeline Weinrib flat-weave rug.


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.

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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.

8 | In an upholstery class at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, the wife freshened an old chair with a geometric fabric by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher.

9 | A floral throw pillow breaks up the straight lines of surrounding patterns.

10 | A ceramic table lamp by Caravan Pacific from Twelve Chairs sits atop an end table that the homeowners found at Target.

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