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Furnishings. A rustic wood table contrasts with the soft upholstery of the dining chairs. Two wingback host and hostess chairs and a chandelier also help anchor the dining area within the open floor plan. Barn doors slide shut to hide the TV but open when everyone is gathered during a big game, for example — a trick Horstman hadn’t tried before. “We picked barn wood with chippy white paint to give this element a different texture than the other reclaimed barn wood,” she says. “This adds more character.” Fireplace. They used real barn beams for the mantel and ceilings (as opposed to simulating beams by boxing them out with reclaimed boards). Beams wrap all the way around the two-sided fireplace, which is made with real bricks, not veneers. “We over-grouted so that the grout would drip down. This made the fireplace look like it had been there for many years,” Horstman says. Dining table and chairs: RH; chandelier: Visual Comfort
After. The new marble counters join a marble backsplash and new appliances for an elegant, updated look. Joan requested the marble shelf to keep cooking oils and spices nearby and to break up the expanse of material. “We don’t have a vent hood up there, so I wanted to have something so it just doesn’t look like a big, blank piece of marble there,” she says. The cooktop includes a downdraft vent.
“After” photos by Larry PorterKitchen of the WeekWho lives here: Larry and Joan PorterSize: About 338 square feet (31 square meters)Location: Diablo, CaliforniaDesigner: Pamela Lehman of Kitchens of DiabloLarry and Joan Porter of the San Francisco East Bay community of Diablo thought the existing footprint of their L-shaped kitchen was fine, but they wanted to update appliances, have more functional storage and make the space feel more light, airy and welcoming.
I don't like the backsplash, the sink or the door below the sink. Everything else is fine.
I like the umbrella inserts on the counters
I like the stone veneer. The upper backsplash is not needed for us.
bbq pit idea.
bbq pit idea.
umbrella in between recliners. Exactly what I want to do :)
corner benches with table idea.
My next house will have this :)
Beautiful railing. Wrought iron with wood.
I like the paint color combination of the doors, railing and house trim.
Could something like this be built onto the corner of the new deck area??
The arbor with railing.
This is a nice arbor to be built around the outdoor pit area.
I like the idea of a maple tree in the front yard for privacy and shade. Not to mention the beautiful colors of the leaves during the fall season.
This is wow beautiful! All of it :)
I love hydrangeas. I hope they will survive California heat and sun.
I like the decorative trees. Not too big. Just enough height and a slender trunk.
I love the stone around the pool area, and the combination of the trees, shrubs and archway. Very inviting. The trees provide natural private surroundings.
I like plants that take up lots of space.
Beautiful for the front yard.
Wow factor plants!
Traditional steep slope. These plants give the landscaping a romantic look.
This is referred to as a traditional landscape. I like this look. A simple array of plants.
I don't like the landscaping but I do like birch trees.
I love this! I can't identify the plants because of the distance of this photo. Hopefully, a professional gardener can help.
I like the mixture of shrubs with plants. I like how everything is planted closely together.
Beautiful! Add in some decorative rocks and a water feature.
Beautiful colors and textures. Arrangement of plants are attractive.