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May 20, 2013
Texas-based designer Barbara Hill is a pro at striking the right note between modern and playful, we took apart an informal dining room she designed in Atlanta, Georgia, to help readers recreate the look at home.
Dinning space interior

The owners of the home, who had recently relocated from Houston to Atlanta, brought in interior designer Barbara Hill for her spare aesthetic that doesn’t skimp on fun. Although the Mediterranean-style home was far from modern, “Stripping down the ornamentation really sets those features off,” Hill says. “Most traditional houses with good bones can do the same.” 

To highlight the playful pieces she used in the informal dining room, as well as the home’s structure, Hill coated the plaster walls in Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White and whitewashed the red oak floors. Click through the slideshow to see what furniture she picked to achieve this look. 
 
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Lindsey Adelman's Agnes chandelier.

Lindsey Adelman’s Agnes Chandelier for Roll & Hill with ten lights adds a punch of avant-garde to what is normally considered a traditional light fixture. To match the room’s color scheme, Hill went with the bronze finish, but we also like the futuristic polished aluminum option (shown here). $8,000

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Terry Dwan's Bedrock dining table.

The Bedrock Plank A dining table by Terry Dwan for Riva1920 is made from solid walnut tree trunks with a raw iron base that maximizes under-the-table leg space. Price available upon request.

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Eames bird.

Originally a piece of Appalachian folk art in Charles and Ray Eames’s living room, the Eames bird rose to popularity in the 1950s and was reproduced by Vitra. $235

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Cuckoo clock wall

The laser cut Cucù is a Diamantini & Domeniconi signature. Although Hill opted for an austere white version, it comes in many different cheerful colors. Price upon request.

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PK8 chair in optical white.

The PK8 chair in Optical White by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen has a plastic shell and an upholstered seat for low-maintenance dining. $3,020

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Dinning space interior

The owners of the home, who had recently relocated from Houston to Atlanta, brought in interior designer Barbara Hill for her spare aesthetic that doesn’t skimp on fun. Although the Mediterranean-style home was far from modern, “Stripping down the ornamentation really sets those features off,” Hill says. “Most traditional houses with good bones can do the same.” 

To highlight the playful pieces she used in the informal dining room, as well as the home’s structure, Hill coated the plaster walls in Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White and whitewashed the red oak floors. Click through the slideshow to see what furniture she picked to achieve this look. 
 

Check out the full story, Georgia Peach, originally published June 2012. 

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