Vidal

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 grandmother’s 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. “I’m 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.”

( David Phelps / For The Los Angeles Times )

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 grandmother’s 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. “I’m 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.”

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