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Room to Love: A dining room with plate pizzazz

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Elizabeth-Benedict-Michael-Lee-Dining-Room
. —Michael Lee

THE WALLS

Interior designer Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home Decor & Design in Chestnut Hill commissioned Pauline Curtiss of Patina Designs to draw French-style molding on the walls in the dining room of a traditional Colonial in Newton. “Each panel is different and reminiscent of a Salvatore Dali painting,’’ Benedict said.

THE PLATES AND THE MEDALLIONS

An edgy display mixes ceiling medallions that the homeowner spray-painted and adorned with rhinestones with inherited antique plates, contemporary plates from the likes of John Derian and Christian Lacroix among others, and custom designs by artist Angela Rossi of Beat Up Creations. “At first glance, the drawn molding on the walls appears traditional, as does the plate collection, but once you begin to notice the pattern, it’s not,’’ Benedict said. “We wanted the plate collection to make sense but also feel a little haphazard.’’

THE BUFFET AND THE BUST

The African walnut Kingsley sideboard by Vanguard Furniture has a glass shelf below the closed cabinet, providing extra storage for china and serving platters. The homeowner inherited the Lladró porcelain bust from her grandmother.

THE CHAIRS

The homeowner’s existing side chair is upholstered in a velvet cheetah print. Benedict recovered the head chair in “Cocarde-Reglisse’’ by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild cotton satin, digitally printed with rosettes, emblems, and badges.

Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to Address@globe.com. Subscribe to the Globe’s free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @globehomes.