The stair landing has a railed opening that looks all the way down to the home's ground floor. Even in this bonus area of the house the architecture is elaborate and fully in keeping with the Mediterranean feel.
This open and airy, traditional kitchen and dining space features an all-white color palette and plenty of space for guests to enjoy time together. From the large kitchen island with high-back chairs to the nearby traditional dining room with space for eight.
In the hallway landing a feature wall commemorating the landmark Brown v. Board of Eduction Supreme Court decision is one of Rachel’s favorite moments in the whole house. Rachel’s collage wall is a pastiche of moments surrounding the integration of American schools. Her clippings profile the March on Washington, examples of resistance to school integration and even political cartoons outlining the arguments for change. The papier-mâché of historic events is a backdrop to a colorful portrait Thurgood Marshall. “This space is so important to me,” remarks Rachel. “I have dedicated my whole life to educating Black and Brown children and I wanted a space in my home that spoke to my passion.”
An imposing hallway runs down the middle of the home, separating its multiple living spaces and creating a grand entry. Lighting buried in gravel on the floor shines on paintings hung on the wall for an art gallery feel.
A small wood buffet table with two doors that open is used to display an orange and red plate and four pillar candles. Designer tip: Resist the urge to cover every square inch of wall space in your room. Too much wall decor can be visually overwhelming.
A leopard print upholstered bench brings a fun element to this sophisticated hallway design. A long wood shelf creates a picture display to bring a personal element to the space. Neutral walls, white ceiling and neutral floor tiles keep the hall feeling open and spacious.