The open floor plan of this contemporary living space is ideal for entertaining. A putting green on the balcony is easily accessed through chic sliding doors that provide an exquisite view of the urban surroundings while bathing the space in natural light. Two sofas and matching ottomans, along with clusters of octagon tables, allow for flexible arrangements, accommodating gatherings from intimate to grand. A graphic area rug in blacks and browns anchors the room, while a modern gray built-in bookcase with custom shelving anchors the wall near the entrance.
An ornate wood surround frames the stove area in this traditional kitchen, while stunning wine storage is tucked away in the adjoining room. Mediterranean influences seep into the details through the ornate carving on the stove surround and thick molding on the cream cabinetry. Small drawers in the surround are perfect for storing easy-to-reach spices and herbs, while a small shelf provides easy access to oils and vinegars.
Decks with a completely finished underside are becoming more popular and this example from Tufdek presents an ideal entertainment space that enjoys easy access to both pool and garden areas. The striking exterior vinyl waterproof flooring is available in a variety of colors and offers years of durability.
This luxury villa boasts large windows and doors that allow for easy access between indoor and outdoor areas, including a patio, living room and kitchen. The homeowners also have private access to an infinity edge pool and nearby beach, as well as a stunning view of the oceanfront.
This kitchen renovation included opening up the kitchen and dining spaces to allow easy transition between the two spaces. Stainless steel appliances, white Shaker cabinets and brown quartz countertops are featured throughout the room, while white glass pendant lights hang above the kitchen island.
Large-format, low-maintenance natural slate and attractive, easy-care landscaping blend the low-profile home with its ocean-front setting. Eclipse doors provide easy access from the great room to the exterior seating area, blending inside and out. A natural gas barbecue area with plumbed-in sink is ideal for outdoor cooking. Exterior speakers enhance the ambience.
This airy living room features an open plan that allows for easy transition between the living, dining and kitchen areas. Exposed beam vaulted ceilings make the room appear larger, while a neutral color palette keeps the room light. Built-in flank the fireplace, while cherry hardwood floors add an exotic look to the space.
An ornate, custom wood surround frames the stove area with an arch-shaped opening in this traditional kitchen. Paired with a stunning tile backsplash, the color and detail reminiscent of Italian finery. Small drawers in the surround are perfect for storing easy-to-reach spices and herbs while a small shelf provides easy access to oils and vinegars. The cream cabinetry lets the special design of the surround breath and be eye-catching.
A wide room made multiple seating areas possible. Putting two sofas back-to-back to accomplish seating while keeping access to the deck unprohibited. Splattered pattern rugs soften the hickory hardwood floors and create a mirror image in the seating spaces. A rustic fireplace surround creates a grand separation between the two balcony access doors.
Upper and lower white cabinetry provides plenty of storage to keep this stylish kitchen clean and organized. Built in shelving surrounding the fireplace and mounted flatscreen television provides cubbies for decorative display. Gray stone countertops and a stainless steel globe pendant compliment the stainless steel appliances. Open floor space around the island creates easy maneuvering throughout the space.
Enjoy the outdoors while dining inside. Upholstered red and cream chairs surround the traditional-style table, which overlooks the backyard and pool. A custom cabinet houses a TV, as well as formal flatware, plates and placemats for easy access.
To make this industrial home feel more in tune with its surroundings, the architects built the lot right on the water. A long wooden deck extends from the mainland, providing easy-access to the shore while ensuring the home remains peaceful and secluded.
Once all condiments, pairings and cheeses have been removed from their packaging and properly prepared for presentation, arrange them all together on an elevated vessel above the crackers, bread and condiments. This will allow the variety of cheeses to stand out as a culinary feature and provide easy access for guests.
Set out a separate knife for each type of cheese.
Label each cheese with suggested accompaniments.
Keep more pungent cheeses on a separate plate so they don't overpower the other cheeses.
Take cheeses out of the refrigerator at least one hour before serving; they'll be more flavorful and easier to slice.
Natural wood is used for the door and entryway wall, contrasting against the dark hardwood floors. Coat hooks and a bench with open cubbies provide easy-to-access storage. A graphic piece of art adds visual interest to the white walls.