The main living area is bisected by a hall leading from the front door to the kitchen. “When you come in the front entry, you’re looking all the way through to the kitchen window,” the architect says. “We tried to create vistas throughout the house.” On one side of the hall is the living room, which functions more as a family room where Mike and Kristie often gather with the children in the evenings to watch television. The flat-panel TV is mounted above the fireplace and is concealed when not in use by a painting that rolls over the television screen.
Interior designer Nancy Bernstein furnished the living room with chenille-upholstered chairs and a cream-colored leather sofa—pretty enough to win Kristie’s approval yet able to stand up to a household of youngsters and two dogs. To strengthen the chenille and other upholstery fabrics, Bernstein reinforced them with a knit backing. “The house had to work for their family—be durable, low maintenance, and inviting,” she says.
Sconces: Boyd Lighting, 415/778-4300.
Upholstered chairs; round mirror: Baker, 800/592-2537,
Console table: Palecek, 800/274-7730, palecek.com.
Sofa: Kravet, 888/ 457-2838, kravet.com, trade only.
Sofa fabric: Hunt Leather Co., 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com, trade only.
Daybed: Royal Custom Designs, 626/967-5261, royalcustomdesigns.com.
Daybed fabric; chair fabric: Glant Textiles Corp., 206/725-4444, trade only.
Available through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, trade only.
Wall covering: Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 800/366-4442, donghia.com, trade only.
Floors throughout the house: white oak wide plank with custom dark stain.
Rug: Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, trade only.
Fireplace marble: Becker Works Ltd., 773/395-0532.
Side table: owner’s collection.