A Family Recipe

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The smaller dining room is simply furnished in ivory-painted Klismos chairs, designed by Randolph, pulled up to a custom-made round maho

The smaller dining room is simply furnished in ivory-painted Klismos chairs, designed by Randolph, pulled up to a custom-made round maho

Across the hall, the smaller dining room is simply furnished with ivory-painted Klismos chairs, designed by Randolph, pulled up to a custom-made round mahogany table centered in the space. At one end, reproduction antique mirrors and small console tables flank a large glass bay, which incorporates French doors leading to the garden terrace. The room also reflects Randolph’s rule for dining rooms: no rugs. “The minute you put a carpet,” he says. “There’s a maintenance problem and the room feels smaller.”

While elegant, the pale upholstery and finishes in these more formal spaces seem highly impractical for new parents of young children. Not so, insists O’Donnell, who assures the rooms are used by all members of the family. “It’s not like you have to put plastic on the furniture. Fabric can be replaced,” she says. “I’m not going to tell the kids they can’t sit in the living room. That’s absurd.”

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