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Bold color helps a family put their mark on their new dining room

A Winchester family gets a fun dining room in an unexpected hue, with plenty of seating.

Sean Litchfield

The new owners appreciated the pristine renovation of this Winchester home, but they felt it lacked personality. They tasked Beverly-based designer Jayme Kennerknecht with creating a scheme that would reflect the youthful spirit of their family of five. “They aren’t afraid of layering bold colors and patterns,” says Kennerknecht. In addition to dampening the echo in the room — accomplished by using a woven wallcovering and layering plenty of fabrics — the clients asked that it seat as many diners as possible. Given the space’s nearly square shape, an extra-long rectangular table wasn’t an option. Instead, Kennerknecht designed a custom piece that fills the space and seats 10. “When needed, they can rotate it, using the window seat as the head, and use the extension to accommodate 14,” Kennerknecht says. “It protrudes into a generous hall, but for special occasions, it works.”

1 Above the fireplace, Kennerknecht hung a simple West Elm mirror. “Its reflectivity makes the room seem more expansive,” she says. The
nickel-finish frame is similar in color to the chandelier.


2 “The homeowner wasn’t shy about choosing purple for the wallcovering,” says Kennerknecht. The Schumacher Onna Sisal echoes the fuchsia from the chairs and offers sound absorption.

3 Roman shades in cotton sateen embroidered with gray, plum, and ocher hexagons, fabricated by Thread in Ashland, add softness and provide privacy in winter when trees are bare.

4 The Bevilacqua chandelier from Currey & Company, made of recycled glass bud vases in a wrought-iron frame, has a handcrafted feel that doesn’t compete with the room’s bold colors and shapes.

5 The white-painted woodwork balances the room’s colors and patterns.

6 The starting point of the design was the playful geometric cut-velvet fabric by Villa Nova used on the chair backs. The metallic ocher boucle on the seat cushions adds luster.


7 Kennerknecht commissioned Rhode Island–based Lorimer Studios to craft a live-edge walnut tabletop that’s wide enough to comfortably fit two chairs on each end.