An island with old wood legs comfortably shares space with modern stainless-steel cabinets and appliances. A table base—minus the top—that Marcia found chained to a tree at a yard sale was reinvented as the 96x39-inch island. "We needed to make it taller and longer so it wasn’t dwarfed," Marcia says. The wood base was topped with a large slab of marble, plus a 36-inch stretch of butcher block.
Marcia is now more apt to be browsing cookbooks than junk shops, but she finds her years as a designer have served her well in the food world. "I’ve read there are cross currents or correlations between fashion and interior design," she says. "The same is true of food. The trends keep changing together."
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Open, Light-Filled Washington Home
A French-style home in Spokane boasts an open floor plan and great style
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Just like fine food, homes should be comfortable, personal, and organic, says designer-turned-restaurateur Marcia Bond. In the hilltop house Marcia and her husband, William, built in Spokane, Washington, seven sets of French doors stand open, encouraging gentle breezes to ruffle pages of magazines and books scattered in the expansive room. No walls divide the kitchen, dining, and living areas, so air, light, and conversations flow easily among family and friends sharing the comfortable space.
A clean sweep of concrete floors unites the large living area with bedrooms, a den, and a corridor-like pantry tucked behind the kitchen. "All through the house, we never have a threshold," Marcia says. "I love concrete and I like it natural—not painted or etched," she says, explaining that a beeswax derivative was applied as a finish. A system of water pipes under the floor warms the house with hydronic radiant heat.
Architects: Leslie and Steve Ronald, Steve Ronald Associates Architects, 2424 W. Second Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; 509/747-0079.
Photography: John Granen
Produced by Linda Humphrey
Chairs; sofas; end tables; chandelier; coffee table; blue chest behind sofa: owner’s collection.
Art (by Dick Ibach): Lorinda Knight Gallery, 509/838-3740.
Paint ("Luna Gold’’ #HC 91): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,benjaminmoore.com.
Fireplace wall: Dryvit Systems Inc., 800/556-7752.