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Great Rooms

Great Rooms

Great Rooms

Posted on February 27, 2017

Home is where the heart is. It’s the place we nurture loved ones, revel in life’s triumphs, and take time to renew and recharge. Every home should provide emotional comfort, and serve as inspiration to take on life’s adventures. Here is our showcase of stunning spaces expertly designed and developed by San Diego’s top professionals.



Soft Serenity

This creative custom home was built by Richard Doan Construction and decorated by Maria Barry and the team at Le Dimora. Wide-open living spaces perfectly united by expert furniture layout make this home an ideal family and entertaining sanctuary. Restful tones, fabrics, and finishes are a fresh take on the Rancho Santa Fe lifestyle.

Materials & Brands Featured:

  • Soft gray herringbone textured sectional sofa by Burton James
  • Sleek square oversized charcoal gray cocktail table by Century Furniture
  • Soft knotted natural area carpet by Littrell Flooring
  • Live edge dining table with modern steel base made for Le Dimora by Taracea
  • Scoop-back dining chairs with pewter nail heads by Vanguard Furniture
  • Stainless and leather chandelier by Ralph Lauren

Design Tips:

  • Use a palette of soft natural tones with gray and white to create a fresh and airy feeling
  • Gray washed wide plank wood flooring and touches of natural brick by Richard Doan create a contemporary and casual feeling
  • Pewter and silver finishes and hardware add a crisp, clean element

858.261.0600000, ledimora.com. To tour this home, contact Laura Barry of Barry Estates 858.756.2266.



Upscale Entertaining

Great Rooms
Kitchen Expo

This entertainment room is at a home at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana, a private residential community set amid the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Rick Fahmie, president and senior designer at Kitchen Expo, deftly designed the ceiling detail and cabinets. Fahmie transformed a challenging ceiling element into beauty: Two large steel I-beams, perpendicular to each other and without symmetry, could not be hidden. His ceiling detail conceals them, and creates a focal point in the room — the only space within the entire two-story condo that does not have a view of the ski slopes, nor any windows. Fahmie chose a hard-to-find burl wood (the same style that’s used in Rolls-Royce vehicles) for the center panels, with a different style of burl wood for the ceiling beams.

Materials Chosen:

  • Cabinet doorframes, interior doorframes, and doorjambs are tropical olivewood stained to accent with the burl wood center panels
  • Fahmie designed “The Brielle” door style nearly a decade ago, and it is Kitchen Expo’s bestselling traditional-style door
  • After completion, woodwork receives the finest urethane finish available, which can last virtually forever
  • Room design, interior door design, and millwork installation, all by Kitchen Expo

858.456.0050, kitchenexpo.com


Happy Hearth

Designers Alison Dorvillier and Lauren Brogger of Inplace Studio created a striking yet welcoming kitchen with the use of clean lines and touches of vintage reclaimed wood throughout. An antique iron “fire back” serves as a focal point behind the range top, while a built-in banquette breakfast nook opens up the space. A live edge plank wood bar top brings nature in, as do reclaimed wood beams and a barn door of vintage plank wood that leads to the pantry. Vintage-style glass blown lighting perfectly complements and illuminates the space.


  • Cabinets are Brookhaven and Elmwood by Inplace Studio
  • Range is by Wolf
  • Fridge and freezer are by Sub-Zero
  • Backsplash is Waterworks Archive 3×6 Field in clear crackle from Cabochon

Design Tips:

  • Make a medium kitchen live large by paneling appliances to blend in to cabinetry
  • Create architectural interest with vintage beams

858.454.7397, inplacestudio.com



Personal Haven

The client’s request was to have an elegant, peaceful, and classically designed master bedroom suite. She knew the color scheme that she wanted, so collaboration with the designers at We-R-Home started with the selection of the perfect textiles and textures to bring her vision to life. The room flows effortlessly from the custom, motorized window treatments with waterfall-style cornices, drapery in a couture wool and silk damask, custom crafted chenille upholstered bed bench, and geometric silk fabric on the carved wood side chairs to bedside tables in a dove gray painted finish, and tailored and elegant custom bedding. The stunning piece
of art over the fireplace is one of the client’s personal treasures that found its perfect home in the master suite.


  • Window treatment fabric and manufacturing from We-R-Fabrics
  • Side chairs and fabric from We-R-Home
  • Bedside tables from Vanguard Furniture with custom finish selected for the client
  • Bed bench fabric and manufacturing custom sized and made exclusively for the client by We-R-Home
  • Upholstered bed from Restoration Hardware
  • Vanity chair custom created and designed for client by We-R-Home

858.755.1175, werhome.com



Outdoor Celebration

Great rooms are more popular today than ever before. Making the most of our idyllic weather, the creative team at Design Studio by Dixieline masterfully connected the indoors to the outside with this open-air veranda room. Flush track stacking doors seamlessly separate the areas, leading to a full outdoor kitchen with stainless steel cabinets, a masonry fireplace, and the outdoor spa pool. The design implements a combination of modern and industrial features, with a variety of bold textures and finishes.

Materials Featured:

  • Andersen 100 Series sliding windows
  • Black exterior
Andersen E Series wood clad windows
  • Vista Pointe stacking exterior door systems
  • Andersen E Series panels
  • TM Cobb fir custom barn doors
  • El & El barn door track
  • Vanity chair custom created and designed for client by We-R-Home

858.465.1265, dixieline.com


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