To modernize a 1950s ranch in Kentfield, California, Sausalito studio Lark + Palm did everything from raising ceilings to extending the primary suite. “While we did add square footage, we were still working with a petite footprint, so every inch mattered,” recalls cofounder Ansley Majit. Take the dining nook, with its Noir chairs that complement the table’s rounded edges. Cofounder Stephanie Waskins says that “we wanted to continue the feeling of lightness, a soft, neutral foundation that allowed for layering in texture and touches of color.” In such a high-traffic environment, light-colored upholstery would have been a disaster. The solution? Enveloping the bench in a Holly Hunt vinyl that resembles chunky woven linen.
Durability was Latham Interiors’ priority for this family dining area in Idaho.
When overseeing a family getaway in Ketchum, Idaho, local designer Sarah Latham prioritized durability. “We needed it to withstand three young boys and ski gear, and still be something the owners could relax in after a long day of playing on the mountains,” Latham says. She achieved that harmonious atmosphere by combining custom, locally made pieces with items from some of her go-to vendors, including Schumacher, Cowtan & Tout, Kufri, and Roll & Hill. Adorned with wood, jolts of plaid, and a candle pendant, the dining nook conveys that rustic, calming aesthetic while serving “as a natural gathering space for family and friends to have a cup of coffee, play a board game, or share a delicious meal,” Latham muses. “Dining nooks create intimacy and invite conversation that suggests neighbors snuggle up closer to get everyone in.”
A sky blue banquette wraps around the bay window of this Seattle home, remodeled by Massucco Warner Interior Design.