When a client with two young children moved from Vermont and bought a mid-century cedar-paneled home in Los Angeles’ Fryman Canyon, designer Jaqui Seerman fell madly in love with her style reference: Ralph Lauren in the ’90s. “I enhanced this layered equestrian aesthetic,” says Seerman, “with brass detailing and a black and white bottom, which is very classic and a little unexpected.”
Her team removed the remnants of an overly moody ’80s kitchen makeover: black vinyl cabinets, black granite countertops, and dark laminate flooring. Large picture windows now brighten the room and illuminate the original timber ceiling, the work of master builder William Mellenthin and his son Michael. To remove layers of dark paint from the bars, “We sandblasted and touched everything up to make it bright and bright and fresh again.” says the designer. Grass-green cabinets bring everything down to earth.
Although the homeowners aren’t great cooks, “they eat together as a family all the time,” says Seerman. Two dishwashers, a center table, and a floor-to-ceiling wall of pantry cabinets provide grazing space. “When the kids come in, they do their homework at the table, put their backpacks down, eat snacks. This kitchen is the setting for all of their dinners.”
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Colour: Calke Green, Farrow & Ball. Table: Vintage, Harbinger LA. chairs: Hollywood at Home in Peter Dunham Fig Leaf fabric. Water tap: waterworks. Dishwasher: miele Bathroom sink: Shaw’s. Door fittings: Vintage, Liz’s Antique Hardware. circuit boards: Forbes & Lomax.
The checkered floor is a mix of black and white Tabarka Studio tiles. upstand: Arabescato Corchia marble. brackets: Liz’s antique hardware. pot filler: waterworks. Disguise: Original to the house renovated by MF Classic Interior. Area: Wolf. Hood: Habit, in waterworks tile. Wine fridge: Under zero.
New recessed shelves match the original ones across the kitchen. A small bar sink, located between the refrigerator and stove, is often used to drain pasta. Follower: lostin Tile: waterworks. Area: Wolf. Hardware: Armac Martin. Refrigerator: Under zero.
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Amanda Sims Clifford is Editor-in-Chief at House Beautiful. She oversees the creation of content for the brand across all platforms. She previously held editorial positions at Architectural Digest, where she launched the brand’s millennial-focused blog Clever, and at Food52, where she served as founding editor of the design department. She lives in New York.