smooth painted wall (studs, drywall, and voilà
— no brick!) to create a focal point.
The neutral undertones throughout the
space are particularly evident in the kitchen,
where Sterling took care to ensure continuity.
“When the kitchen is part of a living-dining
area, you need to think of the kitchen island
and cabinetry more like furniture, for a holistic feeling,” says Sterling. “When we selected
the kitchen cabinet materials, we had a very
good idea of the living room surfaces.” Sterling and the homeowners worked with Metropolitan Cabinets and Countertops kitchen
designer Jen Stuart to choose the combination
of dark espresso-color base cabinets and light-finish upper cabinets. “Everything that is leggy
and near the floor is in a darker finish,” says
Sterling. “Anything counter height and above
a midcentury-style sideboard and coffee table
provide style cues against the neutral tones of the
walls and sofas in the living area. Fuchsia fabrics
for the armchairs and pillows are bright accents
that suggest the brilliant color of dahlias.