In this dining area, the wood-and-metal, 10-foot table comfortably seats eight. Underneath the table, a hair-on-hide rug is a geometric zip of color and pattern. The space flows easily into the kitchen on one side and out to a covered patio and grill on the other, ideal for entertaining. Light fixture: Visual Comfort; Dining chairs: Sunpan; Dining table: Restoration Hardware; Rug: Castel Luxe
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines removed the wall between the homeowners' dining room and kitchen and installed a natural wood support beam in its place. The dining room is illuminated with a metal chandelier and staged with bright, comfortable chairs and a dining table set with blue plates and French Country accessories and greenery. The new French doors open to the backyard and offer additional natural light.
The homeowners needed an office, so Chip and Joanna, from HGTV's hit show, Fixer Upper, put up a wall from next to the kitchen area to create a room perfect for the job. A rustic desk and ceiling fan make the space vintage and neat, while an industrial table lamp and chair make the space masculine. The magenta rug gives the small space a pop of color, while the custom wall art and hanging plants add decorative flair.
The light-filled breakfast nook in this modern-Victorian kitchen features a playful mix of bentwood chairs that evoke the mood of a Parisian sidewalk cafe and a built-in, space-saving, farmhouse-style bench. The table combines styles, too, with a modern pedestal base and a reclaimed wood and industrial metal top. The oversized pendant fixture adds drama and its own industrial flair.
In the open design of this home, a stylish modern sitting room is situated next to the wood-saturated kitchen. A modern white leather sofa shines with natural light from the large windows on the back wall. A tufted leather chair and neutral shag rug define the perimeter of the area while keeping it open and connected to the rest of the home. A turquoise serving tray and green throw pillows add small pops of color.
From the kitchen, the family room is a return to form with an amazing array of pieces, accessories and art including a very abstract curved chair and a massive skull sculpture, wearing a sun hat. Asked about the secret of her skill for blending so many influences and so many pieces, Gladys points to her work. “Being a vintage dealer, my home is filled with 90 percent vintage pieces,” she reveals. “The layering of objects and art makes the home very visually stimulating.”
Entertainment is very important to these homeowners, so designers created the home's public spaces to be connected and functional for the family and their guests. The kitchen, which is on the other side of the built in bar, is physically connected to the living room by the bar's pass through, as well as the eat in area, which has direct access to both the kitchen and living room. In the living room, designers brought in a sectional and complementary chairs to give the homeowners additional seating in their space.
This viewpoint highlights the open design of this living space. A pair of neutral armchairs in the living room have their backs toward the connected dining room and kitchen. The gold dining light fixture catches the eye and compliments the gold floor lamp in the living room. Paisley patterned gray and yellow pillows top the chairs for an accented finish.
This spot off the kitchen, where both meals and schoolwork happen, is bustling all day long. Luke brought in pops of color with yellow chairs by Coavas and a wall hanging by local artist Kate Crowley-Gilbert. “I don’t like spaces that seem cold or sterile, so Luke gave every room softness,” says Miranda. Here it’s a round table (vintage) and a woven pendant (from Candelabra). The wood piece against the wall is a refurbished plant stand, found at Boise Vintage.
Ocean-hued chairs create a colorful focal point in this otherwise neutral breakfast room. The traditional home features a wide-open great room with a kitchen that flows into the dining room, entry and sunroom and deck beyond. A round table and rug allow for easy access and traffic flow through the space. Shell and bamboo accents tie the space to its coastal setting.
The vision for the space was to create a livable, functional space for the homeowners. Their love for modern design paired perfectly with the quaint cottage architecture and geography of the home. By removing the one wall in the space that used to define the kitchen, the designers were able to open the floor plan up and maximize the square footage and natural lighting. The living area features a comfy gray sectional paired with modern black chairs and coffee table. A geometric rug anchors the space and adds interest and dimension.
Add a special treatment halfway up the wall, to cut your costs. Tile or wood paneling, which can be cheaper, gives any bathroom a certain finished style. Designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design used tile in this National Kitchen + Bath Association winning bathroom, but also suggests using beadboard. If you opt for beadboard, she suggests adding chair rail around the room and a standalone backsplash above the vanity. “It would be faster to install and less expensive on the material purchase,” says Bruntz, who lives in Nebraska.
Aside from the kitchen, Chris planned to spend the least amount of money on his second bedroom, which would be used as an office. Taking the advice of a designer friend, he had the room painted in a blue-grey tone from Sherwin-Williams called Krypton and had custom draperies in a modern print made from a clearance bin fabric at $11.99 per yard. Since his laptop is pretty much the only thing he needs to work from home, the room was simply furnished with a vintage desk picked up from an antique market for $600 and paired with a black woven grass chair from IKEA that was $59. To soften the area underfoot, he installed FLOR tiles in a striped pattern, alternating each tile for a parquet look.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. Red chairs were the pop that this space needed. The table was custom made and can expand for guests. We lined store-bought curtains to make them look higher end and put a roman shade of the same material over the large kitchen sink. It pulls it all together. It's a cabin, yes, but that does not mean every detail needs to be rustic!