Fabulous Room Friday 09.25.15

Benjamin Dhong Kitchen

As soon as I saw my friend, Benjamin Dhong’s beautiful Napa kitchen on the cover of the October issue of House Beautiful, I knew that it would be this week’s “Fabulous Room”. Ben has a great talent for creating warm, masculine environments in the prettiest palettes. The fact that the home is in my beloved wine country just makes it all the better. What was once a 1980s builder home without any distinguishing architectural details has become a sophisticated weekend retreat thanks to Ben’s discerning eye. It is inspiring to see that in spite of how a space starts out, with the right designer and the proper vision, just about any place can be turned into a beautiful environment.

The kitchen is my favorite space in the house. It was originally three separate rooms, but Ben had his architect combine them into one long room spanning thirty feet. The kitchen is in the center, with its stunning waterfall marble island and 19th century French apothecary case in place of traditional cabinetry. Flanking the kitchen are a dining room (pictured above) and breakfast room (pictured below). I love the chic mix of styles, periods, especially the touch of chinoiserie.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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{Photography by Lisa Romerein for House Beautiful}

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  1. Thank you so much for this! I just read this issue last night, and dog-eared every page relating to Mr. Dhong so I could show my husband. I especially love the fact that not everything in his rooms is prohibitively priced – he shops everywhere, and has such a broad range of inspiration. I think it’s rare to see rooms this beautiful where you’d feel incredibly comfortable just flopping into a chair and really living.

  2. This is such a beautiful kitchen that blends the homely with the fresh expertly! Exactly the sort of room that would update and older country house whilst maintaining some of the traditional rustic aesthetics