Bold and fresh floral patterns, bright colors and properly scaled furniture occupy this vibrant living and dining area. The band of green stripes on the outside of the drapes makes the window appear larger, and the red sofa makes a strong color statement yet has a classic style. The gold accents in the dining room chandelier are dispersed throughout the rest of the space to connect the two areas, and the versatile daybed separates the two spaces while keeping an open, fluid look.
With four boys from 12 to 17 (and dog Lucy), downsizing from a 4700 square foot home to a 2600 square foot one, meant that Elizabeth and Curt Nesbitt had to be smart about their space. Their stunning, contemporary Sullivan's Island home on the lush green marsh of the Intracoastal Waterway benefits from an airy, open living room, dining room and kitchen on the home's second floor. Floor to ceiling windows let the light flood in and make the space appear even more expansive. Designer Jenny Keenan worked with the Nesbitts on the smart, chic design of their spacious-feeling home.
It's difficult to believe that this was once a living room, but it was. Then designers answered the homeowners' wishes for a larger kitchen and switched up the spaces. Now, tall windows look out onto a marsh and wide walkways make the room easy to work and play in. Cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Quarry Rock Semi Gloss; Flooring: Sea Green Quartzite 8x16, The Tile Source; Drawer pulls: Restoration Hardware Duluth Pull in Aged Brass; Island Pendants: Circa Lighting Goodman Large Hanging Lamp in Antique Nickel; Sconces: Circa Lighting Graves Pivoting Sconce; Counter Stools: West Elm Slope Stool in Leather
Away from the beds the room explodes into a variety of colors and lively patterns. A modern banana-leaf wallpaper creates a feature wall, providing a background to the bright pops of red, yellow and green furnishings and accessories. Collected pieces top off the dresser, including two works representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Using continuity in finishes and maintaining a simple, sleek and chic design allows the flow in this stunning, contemporary living space to transition seamlessly from the eat-in kitchen to the family room. A stunning Etch pendant light by Tom Dixon sets off the beautifully geometric shapes while an abundant use of white, from the frosted dining table to the long kitchen island, is interrupted by the use of wenge wood and green accents of the table settings. The island is designed as one long block with two sinks.
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.
Tasked with fitting a washer and two dryers into this slim laundry room, designer RaeLynn Callaway of Classically Yours Interiors had limited space to add storage. She configured the cabinets to make the most of every inch, including open niches for bins and baskets. She also paid special attention to aesthetics, with lively green paint and corner cabinets that house art and accents. "I have realized that if you have a 'happy' laundry room you have a happy laundry person," Callaway says. Fun colors, cabinet hardware, flooring patterns and decor can really make a difference."