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