This Is How a Furniture Designer and a Chef Decorates His Dining Room

Gabrielle Savoie

When newly married couple Chris and Amber Earl moved into the groom's grandfather's old house in North Hollywood, the 1940s home needed a lot of work. And while the newlyweds initially refreshed parts of the home beautifully—transforming the garden into an entertainer's dream patio and refreshing the hidden speakeasy located behind the den's hidden doors—they still kept some original features of the house intact. But a few years down the road—the dining room built-ins, which were constructed by Earl's grandfather, were starting to show their age, and the couple went on a mission to refresh their dining room once more.

Chris Earl, a chef and furniture designer, knew it would take the perfect furniture to finish off this petite space while still keeping it functional—after all, the couple loves to entertain, and they do so often. We chatted with Amber Earl, sales and business manager for her husband's booming furniture business, about all aspects of the project—from the renovation to the furniture and the last styling elements. Play with the slider below to reveal this impressive before-and-after transformation, and learn all about the process of renovating this petite dining space.

"The house definitely needed an update," says Earl. "The dining table didn't fit with the space, and we hadn't had real dining chairs for a couple years. Chris's grandfather constructed the built-in unit in the '60s. For the sake of nostalgia, we tried to keep it as-is for as long as possible, but there came a point when it detracted rather than added to the charm of this old home." The couple went on a mission to refresh the room and give it a more modern vibe.

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