Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow of Nest Design Co.‘s clients were a young and active family with one child and another on the way. They had rigorous professional lives which inspired them to make the move to leave San Francisco and find a forever home in Marin County. They found this Spanish-style house built in 1952 off-market and approached the designers to make it the perfect place to put down roots.

The house lacked a unifying concept throughout. “The rooms were all separate spaces and it didn’t have a cohesive, family-friendly feel,” Heather and Jennifer told us. “When we first visited the house we immediately knew the wall between the kitchen and living room would need to be removed to offer that ‘great room’ feel.” Besides opening spaces up to each other, the key was to fix the different ceiling heights by making the transitions look more natural.

The homeowners were set on having a bright white kitchen, which served as the starting point for the home’s aesthetic concept. However, with two little kids, they wanted to be absolutely sure that nothing was too precious or easily damaged. “Our clients did not want to worry about the chance that their young children might spill chocolate milk on the light-colored sofa, or etch countertops with lemonade,” they said. “We took preventative measures and used indoor/outdoor fabrics on the furnishings and quartz countertops in the kitchen and kids bathroom.”

They used 3”x12” white crackled ceramic subway tile purchased through Stone Living, Zodiaq Calacatta Natura for the countertops, and Subzero and Wolf appliances, all easily wiped down if need be. To add in several stylish moments, Heather and Jennifer selected Suzanne Kasler’s Limoges Pendant Lights from Circa Lighting and leather bar stools from Four Hands.

In the living room, a gray and cream Serena & Lily rug anchors the room, a Lee Industries Sofa provides comfortable seating for the family, and a custom upholstered coffee table from Four Hands serves as an edgy element in the space. “We wanted to create a home that offered easy, family living that was also clean and collected,” the designers said. “Livable.”