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Steps lead up to the dining area. Before the Vidals remodeled the house, the foyer was very enclosed, and the dining room felt more like a landing. For a practical solution, Karen Vidal, the youngest of seven children, called upon a memory from her youth: her grandmothers huge banquette, which seemed to accommodate any number of people. The seat is vinyl practical, given that the Vidals have two children and the seat back is Maharam upholstery. The lighting is custom, but the dining surface is anything but: twin tables from IKEA that can be slid apart, allowing easy passage to or from the center of the banquette. Im all about cross-shopping, Karen Vidal says. You want to look good, but not all of your clothes have to be from Barneys. Your house is the same way.