Home design ideas: Working with imperfections in a dining room – The Boston Globe

The updated dining room of a Dedham house built in 1819.
The updated dining room of a Dedham house built in 1819.Tamara Flanagan

The first time Samantha Arak visited her clients’ 1819 Dedham home, she affixed a swatch of Sister Parish Appleton wallpaper to the dining room wall. “The dining room is the heart of this home, visible from every room,” says Arak, founder of Samantha Carey Interiors. “We wanted it to draw you in, whether that be for dinner or board games.” Her inspiration for choosing the fan-like pattern? The scrolled details of the cast iron insert of the period fireplace. “We did the dining room in phase two, but the swatch was still taped up there, covered in dust,” Arak
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