Low furniture in this dining room was charmingly down-to-earth

Low furniture in this dining room was charmingly down-to-earth (1952)
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This dining room in San Rafael, California, as seen in the early 1950s, skipped the traditional decor. Instead, this eating area had all low furniture, meaning everyone sat just a few inches above the ground.

The dining table was a low sukiyaki table with black metal legs. Around the square wood-topped table, flat cushions and short ottomans on black wrought iron legs served as seating for up to four people.

Just outside, there was a small balcony sundeck that looked out over a grove of eucalyptus trees, and the San Francisco Bay beyond.

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The glass-paneled railings outside this room made sure that no matter how low you sat, you could appreciate the views that stretched for miles from this hilltop home.

Motifs from the South Sea islands were used throughout this space. Island grasses in sand and gray on white made a shadow print on sheer curtains in the corner, at the junction of two window walls.

A primitive print in grey and white covered the low ottomans, while cane furniture — including the unique rattan officer chairs — sat outside on the deck to continue the theme.

Beige and brown wall-to-wall carpeting was comfortable when sitting so low to the ground, but also had visual interest with a spatter design that resembled crushed rock.

Low furniture in this dining room was charmingly down-to-earth (1952)
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