While this stunning, Mediterranean kitchen looks ripped from the pages of high-end catalog, it's approachable layout and design make it easy to see yourself making meals and memories in it. The exposed ceiling beams add loads of warmth and charm to the cool, white palette, and the comfy bench-stools make having a seat at the extra-large island nearly irresistible.
As seen on HGTV's The High Low Project, a fur pillow beneath a clear coffee table adds texture to this contemporary living room. A dark yellow sofa with patterned blue and red throw pillows provides color against the white walls and gray rug. The flow of the living space was kept open to keep it from feeling crowded. Bar stools provide a space for dining as well as extra seating for guests
A couple of coats of a high-quality gold spray paint makes an affordable table ready for a party. “Our bar area is clean and simple with plenty of personality,” says Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects. “We keep an edited mix of liquors and a fresh selection of add-ins, such as herbs grown in our garden, lemons and limes.” She tucked chic faux fur stools--an IKEA hack--underneath for additional seating.
You don’t have to wait for a custom-made island to enjoy the style and functionality of a stone countertop. The Bluestone Kitchen Island, $1,999, from Crate & Barrel is crafted with reclaimed pine from old buildings and doors and topped with a lustrous slab of bluestone for a high-end look. Inside, two roomy drawers open with antiqued iron pulls, while spacious open shelves and two iron towel bars provide additional storage. The top slab of bluestone is wet sanded and waxed to a smooth finish that reveals its organic character. Two counter-height stools can be tucked inside for casual, in-kitchen dining.