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"We used a LusterStone treatment on the walls; it's like a Venetian plaster treatment without the shine," Ronderos says. "This gave them texture and depth." Ronderos demarcated the dining area by placing the table and chairs atop a slab of onyx and by giving the adjacent wall and ceiling a different look. Another crystal chandelier connects the dining area to the living room space.
The kitchen counters are Compac, a durable man-made material. High-gloss materials on the cabinets and the glass tiles reflect light throughout the space, and don't distract from the views.
"While you'd think this design is for hosting lavish parties and entertaining, the main thing the family does is gather together and spend time together. They don't live a glamorous life; they are very family oriented and they all eat dinner together every night," says Ronderos.
The couple enjoys separate bathrooms. This one is hers, but it shows some of the compromises made between the couples' tastes. His style shows up in the very minimalist and modern lines of the vanity, the trough sink, the commode, the cabinet and the stripes. Hers shows up in the form of the glittering damask print glass tile mosaic and the sparkling sconces.
"His bathroom only has the stripes, no florals," says Ronderos.
Tile: Sicis; mirror: Horchow; sink: Dornbracht