This smart remodel in Orinda, California, does more with less by emphasizing open spaces, organic materials, and the beauty of restraint. The walls dividing the kitchen, living, and dining rooms were eliminated. In their place, slender bronze-patina columns give just the faintest sense of room divisions.
Design: Lara Dutto, D-Cubed, Emeryville, CA (510/557-1484).
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Resources: Good Times white leather sofa and ottoman by Walter Knoll from The Magazine (www.themagazine.info or 510/549-2282). Womb Chair ($2,465–$5,898) by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com or 800/944-2233). Spray silk-and-wool area rug in sea blue and gold from Emma Gardner Design (www.emmagardnerdesign.com or 877/377-3144). Timid White paint (item OC-39) from Benjamin Moore (www.benjaminmoore.com or 800/672-4686).
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