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A Seating Nook Under The Stairs Offers A Quiet Place To Read In This Home

A Seating Nook Under The Stairs Offers A Quiet Place To Read In This Home

Los Angeles designer and architect Rob Diaz has completed his latest project, the contemporary renovation of a home in Sherman Oaks, California, and included in the updated interior, is a built-in seating nook.

The wood-lined seating nook is located under the stairs and adjacent to the living room.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there's four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there are four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there's four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

From this angle, which also shows the design of the stairs, you can see how neatly the seating nook and storage are tucked away into the available space.

From this angle, which also shows the design of the stairs, you can see how neatly the seating nook and storage is tucked away into the available space.

Let’s take a look around the rest of the house…

The Exterior

The design goals for the home were to incorporate a blend of European influences with a relaxed, understated elegance evocative of Southern California living. The front of the home features a low-maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.

The front of the home features a low maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.
The front of the home features a low maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.

The Entryway

The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you’ll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.

The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you'll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.
The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you'll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.
A modern entryway with wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.

The Living Room

The focal point of the living room is the Apparatus fireplace wall with Arabescato Calacatta marble.

The focal point of this contemporary living room is the Apparatus fireplace wall with Arabescato Calacatta marble.

The Kitchen

The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinetry, black hardware, and marble countertops.

This modern kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinetry, black hardware, and marble countertops.

The Dining Room

The formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.

This modern formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.
This modern formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.

The Yard And Swimming Pool

The yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.

This yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.
This yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.

The Home Office

The home office has a dramatic appearance, with dark gray walls, a minimalist light fixture, tall white curtains, a curved desk, and a colorful rug.

This modern home office has a dramatic appearance, with dark gray walls, a minimalist light fixture, tall white curtains, a curved desk, and colorful rug.

The Primary Bedroom

The primary bedroom has textured walls similar to the dining room and a fireplace and recessed television.

The primary bedroom has textured accents walls, as well as a fireplace and recessed television.
The primary bedroom has textured accents walls, as well as a fireplace and recessed television.
A contemporary bedroom with an earthy color palette.

The En-Suite Bathroom And Walk-In Closet

The expansive en-suite bathroom has a white freestanding soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower for two, and a marble double vanity. There’s also a walk-in closet with plenty of storage.

This modern and expansive en-suite bathroom has a white freestanding soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower for two, and a marble double vanity.
A glass enclosed two person shower with black frames and hardware.
A walk-in closet lined with wood has a floating vanity.

The Guest Bedrooms

Each guest bedroom has its own look, with the second having its own private outdoor space that has views of the backyard.

A contemporary guest bedroom with white oak floors.
A contemporary guest bedroom with white oak floors.
A private patio with a lounge and planters.

The Guest Bathrooms

The guest bathrooms also each have their own design, ranging from blue and green tiles to a minimalist vanity, and a more earthy look.

A contemporary bathroom with textured blue tiles, a wood vanity with white sink and countertop, and a round mirror.
A contemporary blue-green bathroom with square tiles, a blue sink, and black hardware.
A minimalist bathroom sink with a round mirror and black hardware.
A contemporary farmhouse inspired bathroom with stone sink and live edge wood vanity.
Photography by Todd F Goodman