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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.