When a young couple and their two children moved into a 1929 Spanish Colonial home in Brentwood, California, they envisioned a space conducive to their love of entertaining. But the rooms were conventional and formal, with “the original kitchen and surrounding rooms, just a collection of smaller spaces, reflective of the 1920s designs,” says West Hollywood designer Natasha Baradaran. The clients’ main request: to create an open space where the entire family could host frequent dinner parties—the husband is in the music industry—lounge, cook, and enjoy the newly designed outdoor space. Baradaran set out to create a modern open floor plan, to include the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room, while staying true to the historic architecture. To accomplish this vision, she and Culver City’s Abramson Teiger Architecture devised a great room, incorporated a nod to vintage design, and established the indoor-outdoor lifestyle essential to Angelenos. Read on for some of Baradaran’s design ideas for the family.
THE KITCHEN AFTER:
For a seamless look, Baradaran installed a high-gloss, Italian-inspired finish on the cabinets, which conceal some of the appliances behind panels. Waterworks brass fixtures add a vintage touch, while dark floors and stools from Design Within Reach provide grounding and sense of place for the Spanish Colonial home.
THE KITCHEN BEFORE:
The outdated cluster of rooms encompassed a kitchen, a small den, and a nook with a TV. Baradaran removed the partitions, creating a sophisticated yet casual living area conducive to family living.
By designing a great room, Baradaran provided the family, with children ages five and eight, a space to spend time together. “They spend 80 percent of their time in this part of the house,” she says. “In fact, it’s the space where they regularly entertain friends, who have their own young kids.”
A sliding door allows the craft room to become part of the great room or tuck away during more formal entertaining. It functions as the perfect storage spot for the kids’ toys and art supplies. A Tom Dixon brass pendant hangs above a vintage stool. A seating area not only offers a spot to read but softens the lines of the kitchen cabinets. A Baradaran-designed sofa and textured Moroccan rug complete the space.