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Shannon and her husband had a designer come in to help with the initial furniture selection and art in the rest of the home. The dining room and living room were her biggest projects. The designer offered her top 5 picks in terms of sofa, coffee table, dining room table, dining room chairs, light fixture and sideboard. Some things were love-at-first-sight, but in other cases it took months to find just the right piece. The two enjoyed working with a professional designer because she educated them about design, shared all her secrets and was willing to keep going back to the drawing board to capture their tastes perfectly. When the rooms were finished, Shannon was ready to infuse them with her own sensibilities and make them feel less staged and more lived in.
The dining room chairs were a design option that Shannon and her husband instantly were attracted to. The credenza-like sideboard has also become one of Shannon's favorite furniture pieces in the house.
The slate counters in the kitchen, seen here, complement the white Shaker-front cabinets. Shannon was warned by the architect before installing the patina-prone slate that "When you live with something beautiful, you have to expect it to take on character over time." A colorful striped rug is a new addition that adds texture and warmth to the polished concrete floor.
The office is one room in the house that is 100% Shannon. The book collection displayed by color order (I do the same thing!) and the milk glass collection around the perimeter make the room feel relaxed but not messy.