Fresh Air for a Charlestown Townhouse

Wall color: Silver Lining by Pratt & Lambert. Sofa: Custom by  Dane Austin Design  in forest green patterned chenille by Robert Allen. Pillow: Hines & Company Royal Botanic Garden Kew Scarab Pillows. Rug: Moroccan style shag rug from  Landry & Arcari . Floor Lamps:  Robert Abbey . Side table: Eileen Gray. Artwork: “Coy Pond” by Leigh Rivers (acrylic and oil on canvas). Design:  Dane Austin  // Photo:  Sabrina Baloun

Wall color: Silver Lining by Pratt & Lambert. Sofa: Custom by Dane Austin Design in forest green patterned chenille by Robert Allen. Pillow: Hines & Company Royal Botanic Garden Kew Scarab Pillows. Rug: Moroccan style shag rug from Landry & Arcari. Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey. Side table: Eileen Gray. Artwork: “Coy Pond” by Leigh Rivers (acrylic and oil on canvas). Design: Dane Austin // Photo: Sabrina Baloun

Written by Courtney Goodrich • Photographed by Sabrina Baloun // Things we love about this Charlestown townhouse — first, that dining room wallpaper! The owner, Laura, actually hesitated when interior designer Dane Austin, of Dane Austin Design, initially chose it, but she came around to a ‘yes’ after Dane pointed out in a gentle, yet assured way (as is this designer’s nature) simply what he liked about it. To him, the twisting branches, blooming flowers, and songbirds had a traditional look, but the oversize scale and color scheme felt modern. Plus, he knew mixing it with the more time-worn pieces in the room, like the reclaimed wood table and vintage chest of drawers, would strike the right balance between delicate and rustic that they wanted. It works wonderfully, just like everything else Dane brought to the home. 

Wallpaper:  Fanciful by York Wallcoverings . Dishware:  Lettuce leaf dishes by Tory Birch  and saucers by Kate Spade. Design:  Dane Austin  // Photo:  Sabrina Baloun

Wallpaper: Fanciful by York Wallcoverings. Dishware: Lettuce leaf dishes by Tory Birch and saucers by Kate Spade. Design: Dane Austin // Photo: Sabrina Baloun

DINING ROOM

Pattern aside, we also love how this wallpaper lines the backs of the bookcases, which were revived with a fresh coat of white paint to match the room’s trim. This makes it recede into the background, allowing Dane to layer geometric artwork on top for an unexpected pop. There’s lots of texture here. The reclaimed wood table has steel accents, the woven rattan chairs have chrome legs, and the ceiling is covered with a slightly reflective wallpaper that helps bounce natural light around the room. 

Wall color: Silver Lining by  Pratt & Lambert . Sofa: Custom by Dane Austin Design in chenille by  Robert Allen . Pillow:  Hines & Company  Royal Botanic Garden Kew Scarab Pillows. Rug:  Landry & Arcari . Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey. Side table: Eileen Gray. Artwork: “Coy Pond” by Leigh Rivers (acrylic and oil on canvas). Design:  Dane Austin  // Photo:  Sabrina Baloun

Wall color: Silver Lining by Pratt & Lambert. Sofa: Custom by Dane Austin Design in chenille by Robert Allen. Pillow: Hines & Company Royal Botanic Garden Kew Scarab Pillows. Rug: Landry & Arcari. Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey. Side table: Eileen Gray. Artwork: “Coy Pond” by Leigh Rivers (acrylic and oil on canvas). Design: Dane Austin // Photo: Sabrina Baloun

LIVING ROOM

The living room is narrow with a fireplace in the middle, so there are two seating areas. By the TV, the forest green sofa and aqua double gourd table lamps pick up the colors in the painting above the fireplace, while above the sofa is a grid of black-and-white photos Laura collected from family members so she could feel like they were close by. 

The other end of the room is more refined with a marble coffee table and leather chairs. Pieces of needlepoint by Laura’s grandmother, which Dane found in a guest bedroom, were hung prominently on the wall next to the bay window. 

And… this room has wallpaper on the ceiling too! It might not be the first thing you notice, but the subtle leaf pattern, which echoes the shape of the light fixture, sure is a nice (and beautiful) surprise. 

Wallcovering:  Phillip Jeffries . Wall color: Palladian Blue by  Benjamin Moore . Carpet:  Stark Carpet . Artwork: “Vik” by Christine Flynn (mixed media on panel). Design:  Dane Austin  // Photo:  Sabrina Baloun

Wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries. Wall color: Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. Carpet: Stark Carpet. Artwork: “Vik” by Christine Flynn (mixed media on panel). Design: Dane Austin // Photo: Sabrina Baloun

BEDROOM 

Dane and Laura talked a lot about how she wanted to feel in her home. The short answer — comfortable. And that’s most apparent in the bedroom. A calming space that’s decidedly not frilly, the walls are painted light blue with the section behind the bed covered in grasscloth. We especially love the teak dresser with satin brass hardware. Plus, the vintage leopard bench and the antique cloisonne lamps, passed down from Laura’s grandparents are just right. 

Gallery: Tour Dane Austin Design’s Charlestown Townhouse