Room with a View

Why can’t the dining room be the new family room, a place where the entire family can gather throughout the day? A room with this view needed to be used!

The Kyle Bunting rug visually connects the interior to the park across the road, a feeling accentuated by the neutral color palette and enormous window.

Provide the tease

A bit of sparkle, reflected in the mirror just off the entry, catches your eye as you enter the house. (This also provides a great space to check your hair while heading out). With the absence of window treatments, a neutral color palette of sisal and plaster focuses the attention.

Draws you in

A David Nash sculpture provides a focal point, and a large-scale David Maisel photograph offers a burst of color, the visual interest in the room. Textured glass obscured the view of the neighbor’s kitchen and living room, keeping the focus on the interior and the views.

Window to the world

The view is what you are paying for in this house. So, it would be a shame the dining room is only used for formal dinners. We turned an awkwardly large and low window with a radiator into the perfect place to perch while keeping kids at least 24” from the sheet of glass. The 13-foot-long cantilevered window seat also provides a place to curl up in the morning with the paper and coffee, enjoy the view or work on your laptop.

Adding a partner

A comfortable chair provides another advantage for enjoying the view.
An excellent spot for tea or lunch with a friend. Add several cafe tables, and you’ll have seating for ten at the best view-restaurant in the city. A Julian Hoeber painting pairs with a vintage Scandinavian lounge chair and a custom Bjørn Design shou sugi ban (charred wood) and glass table.

Reward the patient

The longer you stay, the more you see. A collection of Bay Area artwork focusing on alums of Headlands Center for the Arts is scattered with contemporary Danish silver and vintage Scandinavian pottery. Collectible modern and vintage furniture mixes with custom pieces by Bjørn Design.

Dare to dream

Why have a traditional chandelier when you can have a dream mobile? A chandelier created from hand-painted blown glass, gold, gemstones, coral, and crystal allows uninterrupted views of the bay while referencing the masts of ships and found sea glass.

Built-ins add space

This year’s dining room was a small room by showcase standards and functioned as a passageway connecting the entry to the kitchen and family room. This necessitated using a quarter of the space as a gallery. To maximize the open feeling, a floating, built-in credenza keeps the space light, keeping service to the periphery. A minimal, reductive palette focuses the attention on the view and accentuates the uniqueness of each object, bringing all into focus.


Interior Design: Bjorn Design
Photography: David Duncan Livingston
Photography: Mariko Reed


Thanks for all the press coverage, including California Homes, Silicon Valley MagazineSF GateThe Style SalonisteDering HallArchitectural DigestLuxe DailyCurbed SF7×7

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