A 1960s light fixture found on eBay (see enlarged image) (www.ebay.com) keeps the dining area of this Venice, California bungalow from feeling fussy. Wallpaper with a chinoiserie pattern is framed with black molding and hung against a more somber gray wall. Louis XV reproduction chairs echo the baroque mood, but are upholstered in black faux-ostrich hide for a contemporary feel. The Burke tulip table adds lightness to the mix.
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Resources: Bird salt and pepper shakers in chartreuse from Jonathan Adler ($48; www.jonathanadler.com or 800/963-0891). Paint in Anonymous from Behr (item 780F-5; www.behr.com or 877/237-6158).