Open Plan Traditional- Modern Living For Today's FamilyBeach Style Dining Room, San Francisco
David Duncan Livingston
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Vary the neutrals. Homeowners enthusiastic about an all-white kitchen sometimes are surprised by just how much white that really is. That’s why designers know to play with a richer mix of hues that offer a bit of interest to the eye while still maintaining neutrality.
October: Dining room and entertaining supplies. With the big holidays coming up over the next few months, October is a good time to get ahead of the curve and sort out your entertaining arsenal.Get rid of worn-out and stained tablecloths, placemats and napkinsCount your dinnerware and serving pieces and consider whether you have enough, too much or too little for the amount you entertainGet rid of decor, table linens and serving pieces that you don’t like or that no longer fit your lifestyleHabit to cultivate: Just like creating a wardrobe with lots of pieces that work together, think of creating an entertaining wardrobe that you can mix and match, rather than having lots of distinct sets of dishes.
4. Classic Style Creates Calm for a Busy FamilyOpen shelves, a large island and an eye-catching light fixture ease the transition into the kitchen from the living room.Cool feature: Calacatta d’Oro marble tiles behind the open shelvesLocation: Mill Valley, CaliforniaSize: About 1,000 square feet (92.9 square meters), including the kitchen, dining area, pantry and family roomDesigner: Leigha Heydt, Heydt DesignsSee the rest of this kitchen
Kitchens that are part of an open plan. When creating kitchens like this one, which is open to the dining area — and beyond that, the living room — designers had to consider what the views would be like from one space to the next. Using a statement light fixture in lieu of a line of small pendants created a focal point in the long space. Open shelves viewed from the other rooms help the kitchen blend in with the adjacent dining and living room areas. Light fixture: Mr. Brown Galaxy Pendant; chevron Riviera side chairs: Serena & Lily
AFTER: The kitchen is wide open to the informal dining area and the family room, so the look of the three spaces needed to be cohesive. “We went for classic, timeless style because it fit their Shingle-style home and so it wouldn’t go out of style,” Heydt says. “The family has a very hectic schedule, so they really needed the space to feel calm.” Light gray walls continue from the cabinets to the walls throughout the space, with a darker paint on the island adding a grounding accent. The dining area seats the whole family, who enjoy most of their meals together here every day. A mix of woven French cafe chairs and slipcovered host and hostess chairs adds comfort, texture and color. Tolix Marais counter stools: Design Within Reach