Take a Tour of This Modern California Farmhouse Designed by Kate Lester

Designer Kate Lester created a modern farmhouse vibe in this California home with the help of the homeowner’s vintage treasures. Many of the other furnishings reflect her Oklahoma roots, while architectural details, contemporary light fixtures and unique flooring exude a relaxed aesthetic. Layered throughout the space, which the family of four share with their cat, are cherished heirlooms, including the wife’s grandmother’s china and a beloved wooden dining table. “If everything were new, the house wouldn’t be nearly as cool,” says Kate, who is based in Hermosa Beach, CA.

To transform this Manhattan Beach, CA property into a modern farmhouse fit for a family of four, Kate leaned on a dazzling blend of contemporary and rustic touches.


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Kate used simple wood panels behind shelves and chose a wooden range hood for a hint of a farmhouse feel while sticking to a classic black-and-white palette throughout the house. To showcase the owner’s impressive collection of vintage finds, she played with placement and scale by propping up favorite pieces instead of hanging them.

For a similar look: Blake White Server, mybobs.com; Ivy Bronx Kamren Armed Sconces, wayfair.com.

Dining Room

manhattan beach, ca, property, modern farmhouse style, rustic bench at dining room table photo by amy bartlam design by kate lester interiors

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March’s Lightovation a showcase for lighting intros

Dallas Market Center announced details for its March 23-26 edition of Lightovation, which was rescheduled from January.

“As lighting retailers meet pent-up demand from consumers and designers with  residential design projects, this show  is critically important to connect with colleagues, survey trends and place orders,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We are proudly supporting the business of lighting with a vast number of new collections and expanded exhibitors featuring stunning styles and technology.”

Pre-registration is now available for the show via dallasmarketcenter.com. By pre-registering buyers receive a FastPass email for contactless, quick entry into the show.

“When we come down to Dallas, we know some things that we’re looking for, but we never know what else we’re going to find,” said Bobby WIlson of Kansas City, Mo.-based Wilson Lighting. For us as a lighting showroom, nothing can beat Dallas.”

Supporting the health and safety of all customers, the market center continues comprehensive measures that include mandatory face covering and temperature screening for every person entering the marketplace every day. The market center conducted more than 100,000 temperature checks during their recent January events. New for March Lightovation will be concierge COVID-19 testing for buyers and