Style Watch

‘Function and comfort on a reasonable budget’ on display

A versatile eating and entertaining area welcomes visitors to a South End condo.

Jessica Delaney

Family-friendly entertaining executed in a timeless, classic style was the goal for the owners of this two-bedroom condo in the South End. Milton-based designer Liz Miller, who has two children of her own, understood perfectly. “It was about function and comfort on a reasonable budget,” she says. “Not forever furniture.” To achieve a cohesive feel in the open layout, Miller devised a neutral, calming color palette. A skinny brass console table behind the sofa separates the family room from the eating alcove and establishes a path to French doors leading to the back patio. With smart furnishing choices, Miller created a contained but by no means cramped place for enjoying meals as a family and with friends.

1 The washable faux grass-cloth wallcovering from Thibaut creates a family-friendly feature wall that differentiates the dining alcove from the rest of the room.


2 A 7-foot-tall faux olive tree from Crate & Barrel adds a shot of green and is maintenance free. “Between the baseboard heat and indirect sunlight, this was the best bet,” Miller says.

3 A linear pendant light in oil-rubbed bronze from Rejuvenation is a strong focal point. “It adds weight to this side of room,” says Miller.

4 The polished steel frame and contrasting brass screw heads of the Restoration Hardware mirror lend a sleek shine (as do the Aerin polished nickel sconces that flank the doors). “The mirror helps define and extend the eating area,” Miller says.

5 Given space constraints, Miller opted for a bench that sits flush against the wall on one side of the table. “The kids climb on and off easily,” she says. “It’s teak, so it also works on the patio.”

6 The dark-stained, distressed extension table, bought on clearance at Arhaus, was a sturdy, practical find. Says Miller, “They can push it against the wall for buffets, or pull it out and add more chairs.”


7 Simple Shaker-style wooden dining chairs from Design Within Reach have a compact footprint and are comfortable and easy to clean. “Black helps ground that side of the room,” Miller says.