In the living room
, a grownup and neutral palette stays fresh with light-filled windows, soft drapes and simple artwork. A combination of newer products from Robert Allen and Burton James with antique pieces gives the room a comfortable, lived-in feel that isn't always achievable with all-new pieces. "Patina refers to a level of age and wear, such as you find in antique furniture," says Dittmar. "Having pieces with patina instantly gives the room a lived-in feeling. The worst thing is to furnish a room with everything brand new. It has no soul or character and more closely resembles a furniture store, not a home."