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Upon entering the home, the kitchen lays out a warm welcome.

Open shelving made from walnut floats above basalt countertops and a farm house sink.

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The over-scale kitchen island, custom-made on-site with walnut butcher block top, has views of both levels of living space and an adjacent dining area.

Penny tile lines the back of the appliance nook in one corner of the kitchen.

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location | ojai, ca
design partner | atelierminteriors

We took out walls, peeled back layers – so, so many layers – of previous, random renovations, and opened up the kitchen/dining space of this 50’s era ranch house to the split-level living area. Reflecting the owners’ creative energies – he’s a professional musician/producer, she’s a cosmetics industry executive – it’s now a free-flowing, light-filled gathering space and the real heart of this couple’s first home. We over-sized the kitchen island and included a cooktop and bar-style seating so friends, band mates and extended families can sit, sip and keep the cooks company. Pendant lighting, scaled large to match the island, casts a warm glow for informal dinners. The open shelves, also in walnut, and a built-in bookcase opposite the island display not just dishes and serving ware but art, heirlooms and collectibles from their many travels. We chose black, basalt countertops to stand up to lots of entertaining, and to play against stainless steel appliances and hardware; penny tile, which echoes the color and shape of the island lights, backs the appliance nook and provides contrast to the mostly white color scheme.


images | kurt jordan photography