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Balance textures
Thomas J. Story

Balance textures

Varying finishes give the kitchen and dining room character. “It’s like a math problem: You start with one thing and play off that,” Marron says. A dark green La Cornue stove contrasts with light, modern oak cabinets; shiny metal chairs offset the rustic chipped-paint dining table. “The irony of having white floors is that you worry less about them. Scratches don’t matter, because that’s the character you’re going for in the end,” adds Marron. Marais A Side Chair in Antique Copper (similar to shown), $145; industrywest.com

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