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.
Vintage kitchen scales add a homey, rustic touch to any kitchen, plus they come in a variety of colors to add flair to your farmhouse style. Here, Georgia homeowner and blogger Wendy Durnwald topped these scales with five sheep to represent her five children and her home near a sheep pasture.
Among the hallmarks of loft spaces are their size and the visibility of materials that might otherwise be hidden or treated to a smooth finish: metal pipes and ductwork and well-worn wood flooring, for example. Architect May Sung explains how she used these elements to loft-style look: “In this kitchen, we utilized proportion and texture to create interest to the space. The texture of the reclaimed wood juxtaposed next to the industrial element of the table legs created warmth and coziness, emphasized by the over-scaled ceiling pendant.”
In this beautiful white kitchen, seen on HGTV's Sarah's House, vintage brackets are given a coat of light yellow paint and repurposed to create open shelving. Behind the countertop, the wall is dressed up with grey stone tile and a smaller tile accent strip. A mixed selection of white and colorful dishes, an antique kitchen scale a set of deer antlers add a rustic flair.
Tiles in a neutral yellow and green color range cover the wall surrounding a wood burning pizza oven in this midcentury modern kitchen. Stainless steel countertop and appliances give an industrial vibe against the wood cabinetry with frosted glass doors. Natural light from the clerestory windows bounces off the steel finishes to brighten the space.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, to maximize the space in this kitchen, Joanna added a functional kitchen island to increase seating options and give the family more prep space for meals. Gray cabinets match the gray trim and molding from the rest of the open concept first floor, and rustic stools provide complementary style. A subway tile backsplash polishes off the space, finishing out the design.
“We’d liked that the kitchen was in good shape, but it was bland,” says Katie. All the oak cabinets needed for pep was a facelift, in the form of vivid green paint and brass hardware. Small-scale subway tile for the backsplash made the space seem bigger and brighter; ditto for the hip cement floor tile from Granada Tile. The pattern plays off the delicate print of the Thibaut-fabric Roman shade.
A limestone backsplash adds visual texture to the neutral palette in this elegant, modern kitchen designed by Antonio Martins. An oversized, industrial light fixture highlights the scale of the generous kitchen island.
This contemporary kitchen's stark palette and extra-large island could easily be overwhelming if not softened by the inviting benches and chandelier lighting. Exposed ceiling beams -- while distinct -- give the kitchen cozy charm. Even the professional-grade appliances are the perfect scale for this grand space.
After walls were removed, this Fixer Upper kitchen has much more room. To maximize the functionality of this space, Chip and Joanna added a large kitchen island that added more counter and prep space, as well as gave the family a place to sit down for a casual meal. Joanna continued her rustic industrial style in the kitchen, painting the cabinets to match the trim and molding throughout the first floor. She also added industrial pendant lights, an industrial style sink and rustic industrial barstools to complete the look.