Designed by April Jensen, Founder of ADJ Interiors, in St. Louis, this living space was designed to provide a great kitchen where friends and family could gather, but also a space with comfort and functionality. “At ADJ Interiors, we do innovation, personalization and delightful surprises,” Jensen says.
1)The homeowners were in the lighting business. The Louis Poulsen lights over the island were a must. The lights are textured and interesting; they created an art element. For the lighting over the breakfast table, what do you put with Louis Poulsen that doesn’t compete? We opted for diffused lighting where you don’t see the bulb. It also adds a beautiful up-glow. We chose lights that were interesting in the day and evening, and provided adequate light for the center of this multifunctional space.
2)The breakfast room chairs, which are so sculptural and awesome to look at — made by the homeowners’ artist friend — are constructed of birdseye maple and have a super honey color. We complemented the chairs with a medium brown Walnut table that feels warm. Walnut is a classic MidCentury wood that isn’t fussy and you get multiple tones in one wood. The black legs on the chairs pick up on the black tones in the table. To pull the wood tones across the room, we added a mitered Walnut hood over the stove. We also paid attention to how the fence outside the window coordinated with everything.
3)The walls and cabinets are all painted Repose Gray. It’s not intrusive but it adds warmth and interest with more shadows and depth. We wanted everything to be super cohesive so the room looks larger than it is. There is artwork in this space (not shown) where the main color was goldenrod, so we pulled thatcolor into the chair and pillows. For the chair, they wanted Mid-Century mindfulness in the body. The chair shooting off the kitchen in that goldenrod makes it perfect. It’s sculptural and a little unexpected.