"The home was already wonderful to begin with, but it needed a few finishing details. Most of the cabinet doors were cracked, the whole space needed new lighting, and the kitchen needed more shelves and functionality," says Dyer. The classic milky beauty of Calacatta marble contrasts with the deeper wooden shades of the dining table and chairs, bought by Dyer at the Santa Monica Swap Meet.
Create an extra seating nook. Most people tend to shove cabinets in every available space in a kitchen. I've found I will pare down my belongings to fit in a small number of cabinets, and I'll expand them to fill up a large number. If you look at what you really need and edit, you may free up space for a cozy corner bench.