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Courtney's Corner: Tour this 1930s mid-century home

Courtney Lake is a Bay Area based interior design and the voice behind the lifestyle blog, Courtney Out Loud. A graduate of Stanford University, he worked in high-tech marketing and events before launching his successful interior design...

Balancing design & family

Balancing her husband's need for comfort and the reality of raising a rambunctious toddler, this wife and mother found a way to also sneak in her love of all things vintage and quirky.

Dining Room

A quick walk down the hallway leads you to the dining room. What is essentially a large square hallway to the kitchen, layout and traffic flow was key in the selection of furniture. A trio of pendants anchors the space above the dining table. Elka smartly opted not to worry about matching wood tones in the dining room and instead continued the collected vibe found in the rest of the house. Mismatched chairs and an antique hutch filled with cookbooks and pottery create a laid-back room for dinner parties and family meals.

Dining Room

Bucking against the all-white kitchen trend, Elka's kitchen is red — high-gloss lacquered red, to be exact. Glass inserts were placed in the cabinetry, and a healthy dose of white in the form of countertops and a tile backsplash help temper the "hot" hue.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

But the question remains, how did Elka solve her sofa dilemma? A visit to her living room quickly solves the mystery. A low vintage mid-century sofa purchased at a local auction for a song was the perfect compromise for her household. Stylish enough for Elka, long enough to comfortably fit her tall husband and low enough to mitigate major accidents when her son plays Batman, the sofa was the perfect solution for the space. It also doesn't hurt that the sofa's mid-century style is the perfect foil to the space's cottage charm.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Taking in the view from the living room, one is struck by the warmth, vitality and general coziness that exudes from the house. While compromises were made for the sake of budget, durability and marital harmony, Elka never lost sight of her goal — creating a comfortable space that could be called a home.

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