The comforts of Carmel

Job Site by: Designer/Architect/Builder - Terry Jenkins

Dayton architect finds home design inspiration in California's city-by-the-sea

These homeowners spend their weekends at antique shows, fairs and shops, picking their way through timeless treasures that they will proudly display throughout their home's interior.

Massive, exposed ceiling beams, plaster walls, hardwood flooring and the over-sized, stone fireplace make this home feel like it's resting in Carmel, California, a mile-long stretch of beach and a cultural Mecca for the performing and visual arts.

These homeowners are avid antique collectors and proudly display their decor for all to see and enjoy.

Despite the inviting stools, this kitchen design was created to be set apart from the rest of the house-and guests. The homeowners recognized the mess that was often made in the kitchen, so they tucked theirs away so they could make a mess while cooking and entertain in a clean space at the same time.

The entertainment center, usually found in the basement of a home design, is located on the second floor of this home, which the homeowner says has more sunlight and is a lot more cheerful.

This gourmet kitchen design is all about functionality, not entertainment. It is hidden away from the rest of the house so the owners could make a mess in the kitchen during a party without having to stress over it.

This formal dining room, with seating for eight, features floor-to-ceiling windows streaming light through the front of the home.

His and Her guest bedrooms provide overnight visitors with a private retreat on the second level of this home. Here, the Her guest room showcases artwork from various artists.

According to the homeowner, who was also the architect, bathrooms today are overly designed, overly sized and not that comfortable. "Our master bathroom design is cozy. It has all the bells and whistles, but is scaled back in size," he says.

Unique home decor, most of it antiques, is scattered throughout this home design and lends a cozy feeling to the whole house.

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