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Tamara Magel Designs Projects That Inspire

This dining room was designed for a modern, yet rustic Hampton's house on the beach. As the client's primary residence, I aimed to combine the chic sophistication of year-round living along with natural elements of the surrounding beach and farmland.

We began the design process with a dining table made with organic, all-natural materials. From there, we filled the room with a wide array of different textures – from the Jean de Merry spiked fixture and alabaster bowl on the table, to the linen window treatments and gray Stark Sisal rug. The high gloss walls are painted in a bone color by Benjamin Moore and are set in juxtaposition against the organic feel of the aforementioned design materials. Using the Hamptons' sunlight and large windows to my advantage, the subtle color scheme and range of materials compliments the tone of the natural blue/green Hampton's light perfectly. The end result is an elegant yet comfortable and inviting dining space that perfectly combines rough, organic textures alongside smooth, shiny, high gloss ones. •

About Tamara

Tamara Magel's work is infused by an inspired world-view of "weaving cultures" – reinterpreting heritages and local traditions into an exotic tapestry of design. Her lifestyle brand is one that is "at home in the world" and reflects a stylish and easy approach to living well. She has a love for using exceptional textiles and materials from around the world – such as organically dyed yarns, knits, macramé and beads – to bleached woods and natural stone. The interplay of inspired textures, colors, natural materials and clean lines define her distinctive, comfortable style.

Tamara has the utmost respect for the environment and tries to utilize the cleanest approach for materials when launching her products. One of Tamara's long-term goals is to assist in enabling women in developing countries to create better lives for themselves and their communities.

Tamara started her own interior design business eleven years ago in Washington, DC. Since then, she has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, The New York Times and Lonny magazines, among others. In 2011, she opened a showroom in New York's Soho, to showcase her furniture, paint and bedding collections and will now be launching in the Hamptons.

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