California Transitional Hilltop House Reveal 02
If you were following along last week, we revealed the first half of this hilltop house project in the family room and breakfast nook. Today we're showing off the living room and dining room adjacent to the kitchen and family room, and it most certainly does not disappoint! Can you believe this view in the living room AND the family room?! I told you last week that Brian and I have first dibs on this house if they ever decide to move, and it's worth it to mention it a second time. I had to include a photo with a close up of the rug - this rug is the most delayed item we have faced to date over all of our projects combined! This is a hand-knotted rug and was being made in India, and we ordered it December 2020. It was supposed to arrive in April, then was pushed to May, and then to August due to Covid surges. It finally got pushed out further to December, and then arrived in October! This client kept trying to decide if she should reselect, but I kept urging her to wait it out because it felt like such a special piece. She waited so long she couldn’t even remember what it looked like, which made me nervous because it had to be a very good rug to make it worth the wait. Thankfully it was, and it totally transformed the room. Now I want it in my own home! I loved how these built-ins turned out, and this is a good lesson in the importance of decorative accessories - a mix of finishes, shapes, plant life, and clean, modern frames can really transform a home's otherwise perceived traditional architecture. I can imagine curling up right there in the sun (actually, I can see the dogs curling up in the sun more) and enjoying the view. I love the mix of black accent furniture to complement the fireplace hearth, while still keeping the larger seating light and bright. And that ceiling is just incredible! You'll never find a living room of ours without at a few plants - they just bring another level of texture and life to a space, and really help to fill a room that may have visually empty areas. We continued the black accents into the dining room with these cane backed dining chairs, matte black and glass chandelier, and gridded mirror on the back wall. The dining table is made of the same aged wood as the trestle table in the breakfast nook, and that makes a great tie-in visually between the two spaces. Are you a fan of captain's chairs in your formal dining room? That is a more traditional take on a dining space, so it made sense for this more architecturally traditional home. One of our new pillow introductions makes the perfect addition! I will always love a good play with texture in a space! This credenza is another great example of mixing styles - a more traditional storage piece paired with the modern, gridded mirror, streamlined black candleholders and and wispy olive branches we foraged from the client's backyard in a large vase. Which room was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! All photos by the lovely ladies of Public 311 Design.