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1. Dynamic Dining

Designer: Olga Dean Interior Design
Architect and engineer: Mark Schroeder of FWC Structural Engineers
Location: Trabuco Canyon, California
Size: 416 square feet (39 square meters)

Homeowners’ request. “The ultimate goal was to have the home feel new and fresh while retaining vintage charm,” says designer Olga Dean, whose clients saw her work on Houzz, including on an episode of Houzz TV, and reached out to her. “With regard to the island, their desire was to make it the warm and inviting hub of the home for dining and for gathering, not just out of desire but necessity, as it’s the only interior dining space.”

Dean uses Houzz Pro for setting up project files, keeping time and expense records, sourcing items and managing projects in general.

Island seating. “The kitchen island serves as our clients’ only dining table, so it had to be large and seat as many people as comfortably as possible,” Dean says. “The layout, in this case a rectangle, had to provide the opportunity for people to see everyone and to converse as they would at a dining table. While kitchen islands don’t typically have an overhang on three sides, this one does in order to provide as much seating as possible. There are currently eight counter stools in use, but at least four more can be comfortably added to the 5-by-10-foot island.”

Other special features. Patterned black-and-white terra-cotta backsplash tile. Taj Mahal leathered-quartzite countertops. Dark stained beams over a white tongue-and-groove ceiling. Vintage oak hardwood flooring with original markings. Reclaimed-oak island base and range hood. Dark, rich green cabinets (Black Forest by Dunn-Edwards Paints). Bare-bulb ceiling lights.

Designer tip. “When working on a major remodel, don’t always fight the existing remaining elements, but try and weave them into the new space if possible,” Dean says. “In this case, when we first saw the low, dark ceiling, we thought, ‘Ugh.’ However, it was ultimately painted in a way that maximized the positives of the beams, and the low height was neutralized with the white paint on the tongue-and-groove portions.”

Counter stools: Etienne, Mercana

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