When Brooke Wagner (of Brooke Wagner Designs) was designing her personal home in Newport Beach, she had a very clear vision of the type of space she wanted. Since Brooke and her family were building their home from the ground up, Brooke brought in architect Chris Brandon to help bring that vision to life. One of the most important rooms? The great room that includes the kitchen on one end, the living room on the other, and the dining area in between.

She says, “I wanted a very organic feel to the home with lots of neutrals, but heavy on the texture. From the moment I had the antiqued Polycor White Cherokee marble in my hand, I knew it was the perfect anchor for the kitchen slabs.” She carefully selected slabs with uniformed striations, to match the streamlined feel of the kitchen. A 10’ waterfall island really allows the stone to take center stage and while Brooke opted for handmade white tiles above the sink, the stove gets a ultra-thin 1cm marble slab for the backsplash. The stone’s antiqued finish was key to creating a kitchen that would gracefully age and patina, with the charm of a French bakery. Brass hardware and clay urns displayed on open shelving add to the modern-meets-antique feel.

Brooke continued her focus on natural materials in neutral tones throughout the room. The central dining table’s white oak mirrors the beams and open shelving while the dark indigo mudcloth chairs at each end of the table add a rare hint of color. Opposite the kitchen, stone takes center stage in the dramatic fireplace where Polycor’s American Black granite is paired with white tile and shiplap. The fireplace surround is one of the few places where Brooke opted for a darker neutral; another is the interior doors. Brooke knew painting all the interior doors a dark charcoal could be a risk. But with the many windows, mostly open white walls, and white oak details, the doors help ground the space without feeling too dark.

See Brooke Wagner’s open and airy home in the slideshow!