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[MUSIC]. The combination of vintage style and modern convenience in the Escondido Idea House kitchen makes it an enticing place for family and friends to gather for cooking and conversation. Dark, ebony hued cabinetry anchors the mostly white room and adds an earthy feel that's consistent with the rustic architecture. The base cabinets are topped with buttermilk Caesar stone, adding lightness in color and durability in function. The kitchen gains a sense of age from its extra tall back splash of subway style tiles installed in a brick like pattern. Popular in the early 20th century subway stops, the tiles impart classic charm. In lieu of upper cabinetry, floating wood shelves punctuated with exposed bolts give texture and offer additional storage space. This helps make the kitchen feel larger and more open. The large hardworking square island is surrounded in stainless steel, which sets it apart from the other cabinetry and streamlines the room's old world posture. It's topped with dark soapstone and houses ovens, the microwave, and plenty of storage. An antique table is placed at the end of the island to add warmth and provide casual seating. Facing French door refrigerators flank the room's opening. These help balance the asymmetrical room and provide plenty of fridge and freezer space when hosting large crowds or parties. The stainless range is crowned by a custom plaster hood with limestone corbels, making the cooking area a true showstopper. Adding to the overall mix of the room's styles and time periods, a vintage inspired iron chandelier hangs above the sleek center island. Paintings of the Hill Country help the hardworking kitchen feel homey and add a finishing touch of Texas flavor. Centrally located and adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room serves as the hub of the home. It's always a celebration around the large round dining tables surrounded by a mix of high back upholstered seating and low slip covered chairs. Expansive French doors offer an alluring view inviting guests to step outside to the dine-in courtyard.