This overscaled dining room was created from a space originally intended to serve as both living room and dining room – both “formal” in style. Our client loved the idea of having one gracious and warm space based on a Santa Fe aesthetic.

Architect Name: Michael Merrill Design Studio

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All of the millwork in the room is created from some remarkably dramatic Claro Walnut which is a native species in this part of California. Note the use of one antique door in the corner, juxtaposed with a rather contemporary series of floating shelves which are an original design by Michael Merrill.

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The dining table is massive and it is also crafted from the same wood. Lighting is a mixture of very modern square format recessed fixtures and hand-wrought iron decorative pieces. Candle sleeves are wrapped in beeswax. Walls are layered in plaster. The house includes a dramatic staircase with alternating bands of hand painted clay tiles in the Spanish Revival style popularized almost a century ago.

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The front door and the living room mantel are also fashioned from the very same wood used throughout the dining room. The client’s father cherished the western bronze sculpture which now holds a place of honor in the dining room. (2012-2014)

Michael Merrill Design Studio:

Michael Merrill Design Studio creates beautifully pared-down environments that are deceptive in their simplicity. Our work is as much about what is left out as what is included. This approach requires that each design element be carefully chosen and meticulously executed. The resulting space should convey a feeling of warmth, comfort, and well-being.Notable projects have ranged from a penthouse in Manhattan, a River Oaks estate, two years in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, the design of 400 luxury resort homes in South Korea, the comprehensive remodel of a classic Eichler residence, the careful restoration and modern furnishing of an historic Maybeck home, a memorable dining room for the Millennium “Icons of Design” Showcase, and the Grand Penthouse at the Four Seasons.




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