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After creating five Christopher Kennedy Compound showhouses in Palm Springs for Modernism Week, in 2019 I was lured to Turlock, California by a homeowner looking to create an exciting interiors experience in a classic American town. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME served as our national media sponsor and published the project and published the project on the pages of its beautiful magazine.

For the design of the dining room, I turned to our firm's Creative Director -- Keith Fortner. Keith had his work cut out for him. The space not only serves as the 'formal' dining room, it is also the space where the family will have its daily meals, kids will do homework, and -- in general -- life will be lived. He also needed to incorporate a beverage station and fireplace. Finally, the space needed to reflect the our client's love of glamour while staying true to the home's midcentury architecture and the region's farming roots.

Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries wraps the fireplace. It looks like parquet wood but is in fact durable vinyl -- a must for a home with three teenage boys! The chandeliers are AERIN for Circa Lighting. Wall sconces by Kelly Wearstler for Generation Lighting. Fabrics by Cowtan & Tout.


The drape is an embroidered Larsen fabric. Dining table and chairs from Four Hands, available through Christopher Kennedy showroom. Keith customized a ready-to-wear dining chair with Larsen fabric on the outside back. Tableware from Greens on Tenth in Modesto, California.


At the wet bar, the cabinetry is finished in a Cleaf material and the faucet is by Brizo. Gaggenau appliances. The countertop is Misty Carrarra by Corian. Phillip Jeffries linen wallcovering provides a backdrop for artwork by Christopher Kennedy for Wendover Art Group, available online here.

Keith created the floral centerpiece, a nod to his days of floral design in New York City.

Learn more about Keith's inspiration for the dining room, and more behind-the-scenes stories, at ASPIRE HOME AND DESIGN here.



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