Though the examples in the book no doubt carried a higher budget than most readers will have, the discussions often yield practical considerations. Despite the trend toward open kitchens that allow the cook to be at the center of a party, Smith suggests preserving a formal dining room, particularly if you dont like to prepare food surrounded by guests. Instead of staining his wood floors, he chose to scrub and wax them. In this Italianate house in Santa Barbara, Smith points out how details like the turned legs on the wood furniture contribute to a sense of romance.
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