"The idea in this space was to conceal an ugly kitchen vent and create a focal point above the banquette, so I designed a modern version of a shoji screen. To make it more personal, I took words from an Arabic prayer the homeowner learned as a child and stenciled them on the Plexiglas using silver paint," says Betty Wasserman, owner and designer, Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors, Ltd., New York City, NY.
The casual dining space centered in the great room of the 2015 HGTV.com Spring House is made warm and welcoming for guests with a layering of warm oranges, tangy yellows and small accents of blues for a cool balance. Citrus hues are gender-neutral since orange and yellow can take on masculine or feminine characteristics depending on how they’re applied.
The open floor design of this modern living room and dining room plays heavily with daring geometric shapes. Wenge wrapping the walls and ceiling creates the geometric idea of a cube over the dining room while details like the X-based coffee table and cubed side table unify the design within the details. Softer textures like a silk area rug and leather and upholstered sofas soften the space to highlight the peaceful living environment.
The center of this great room is designated as a holiday gathering spot for kids, complete with snacks and interactive crafting ideas. With kids occupied, parents can enjoy a more formal dining experience in the adjacent room.
Throughout the open-plan home, Tze uses rugs to create separation between different areas. Art also helps to reinforce the idea of distinct spaces. In the dining room, a large photographic piece by Adam Ryder defines the space. Contrasting the very modern look of the building in the photo, the dining table itself is a vintage find surrounded by a mix of chairs that Tze discovered, creating an eclectic look.
The Houghtons' 4,000 square foot lakeside retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina offers a place for the family to work and play when not spending time at their home in Chapel Hill.
Inside, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Houghtons determined that a fitness room took priority over a vacuous master bedroom suite, so Heather designated that area on plan to house a gym with a climbing wall. She then ditched the idea of a dining room, in favor of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table open to the kitchen and family room.
Not every home is blessed with the grand volumes of a loft space, but you can use space-saving tricks to make rooms feel more expansive, as designers Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design did in this project. “We loved the idea of an antique map in this dining room because it was a small space but we still wanted it to be bright and interesting. Not losing valuable space to framed art on the walls meant that every inch was used in the smartest way possible. The custom barn door was also a space saver, and a bright hit of color adds good bang for the buck.”