The homeowners wanted a unique dining room space that would comfortably seat ten, so designers used natural light and materials that would help make the area feel both stylish and open. Natural light flows into the space from the sliding glass doors and reflects off the white walls, while the glass top table helps the light to permeate the space rather than blocking it. Around the large glass top table, ten contemporary chairs clad in copper colored leather provide seating for the guests, while brightly colored art adds color to the space and an interesting light fixture ties the room together.
To give the family another dining option, designers created a casual eating area with access to the home's wine cellar. This space is a little more fun, with a more modern table and chairs and colorful floor tiles. The space also has access to the home's al fresco entertaining space through a set of French doors, which could be left open so the room could serve as overflow space for a large party.
In a large, open interior — and this is especially important when the space has soaring ceilings, as this one does — it’s essential to choose furnishings and details that fit the large scale of the room. Says stylist Sophie Gunnersen of Studio Stamp: “All the pieces in the room are rather big and bold, and everything has a purpose. The custom-made dining table sits at bar height and it is large and chunky. The black AGA cooker is really the key piece in the space — it adds ambience and attracts most people with its warmth. The vertical bookshelf along with the softer green tiles divide the room.”
A black and white kitchen opens to contemporary sitting and breakfast areas that incorporate colorful accents and varying textures. White waterfall marble counters cover the island’s black cabinetry, as glass pendants hang above. In the sitting area, velvet chairs in a deep cobalt color, accented by pillows with bold geometric prints, sit in front of a trio of large windows. A smooth lucite coffee table is topped with shaggy, sheep’s wool, and is anchored by a neutral rug. Mirrored panels in the nook reflect the room’s natural light, and the white table and mid-century dining chairs add subtle modern touches to the classic space.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris designed a dining room for the family that is elegant and contemporary, with a vintage touch. The table and chairs add a contemporary feel to the space with their stark lines and unique designs, while the vintage silver serving trays give the space a classic feel. The large French doors can be opened to let in sunlight or to bring the outside in.
The open design and bright, white coloring of this modern home give a super spacious feel to the design. A large brown leather sectional provides ample seating in the living room area and creates a natural room perimeter separating the space from the dining area. The sofa adds a needed dark shade to the bright surroundings featuring metallic coffee tables and modern chairs.
What was once a small cold entryway and sunroom is now a new dining room that sits behind the Miller family's living room. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, from HGTV's Cousins On Call, tore down the old wall and french doors that separated the two rooms, as well as the old ceiling. With a taller ceiling, and new wooden support beam, this room is not only twice the size, but it makes the whole house feel larger and brighter. The dining room table was made by the cousins themselves, and the chairs and accessories are CB2.
The goal of this project was to modernize the open plan living space, but in a thoughtful way that would respect the location and also provide the young bachelor with a functional design. The narrow living room space was one of the biggest challenges in the space planning. By creating a wall hung entertainment unit and bookcase, with a large area rug and small cocktail tables, the narrow space was visually widened.
To keep the flow of the space fluid and to create visually interest in the corner of the main living space, a custom round dining table with "wishbone" chairs make a bright statement and feel inviting.
In the new kitchen of the Pasquella home, what was once a dark, old room, with barely enough room for a refrigerator, kitchen table and small countertops, now has more than enough room to cook and entertain. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, it allowed the Kitchen Cousins to add a center island for cooking and preparing food, as well as adding another eating area. With a different cabinet design, they were also able leave space for an oversize refrigerator. In addition to the room feeling larger without the wall, there is twice as much light that fills the room from the dining room area.
The simple elegance of this dining room spotlights the homeowner's collection of fine art and antique furniture. Two large windows flood the space with natural light and reflect off the white walls to bring the collector's items to the forefront of visitors' sights. Even the table is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible with its glass tabletop to direct the eye to the artwork and fine furniture in this space. Since the collector's items afford the only color in the space, the decorative antique dresser and the statue and painting are the focal points of the room, showcasing the homeowner's elegant taste.
The exposed beams called for a "rustic" feel that was relaxed and fun. The designers added the sisal rug and neutral tones in the furniture. The color was brought in through the artwork and bookshelf. Overall the mix of midcentury furniture, minimal dining table, lighting and great artwork makes the room fresh but a relaxed space to gather with friends and family.
The reason for the large, painted stripe behind the clients' white-framed painting was so it "popped" off the white wall. Before that was done, the painting got lost and did not have the contrast it needed.
Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home found creative, money-saving ways to create her layered neutral decor. That tablecloth? An inexpensive drop cloth cut to fit her table. Those texture-rich placemats? “The placemats were created from a large piece of burlap that was intended for gardening. I cut out rectangles, then pulled strands of burlap off the edges to form a simple fringe,” Leeming says. A golden-wrapped box topped with a buffalo-plaid ribbon adds a bright pop at each place setting.
The family of five needed lots of seating and prep space in their kitchen, but they also wanted the space to remain stylish and functional, so they added an oversized island with a Viking prep sink and two Viking dishwashers to handle the abundance of dishes a large family is sure to create. The extra large area of the countertop gives the family plenty of space to prepare their meals, as well as lots of space underneath for storage. With its sleek, clean lines, the island not only added functionality to the space, but also gave the family the contemporary aspect they were looking for. The breakfast area just on the other side of the island meets the same requirements for the family. A dark stained dining table seats six, while the padded banquette adds to the contemporary feel to the space, with its metallic, tufted fabric and throw pillows, and also gives the space extra seating.
Designer Justine Sterling set out to modernize this young bachelor's open living and dining areas, but in a thoughtful way that would respect the location and also provide the client with a functional design. The narrow living room space was one of the biggest challenges in the space planning. By creating a wall hung entertainment unit and bookcase, with a large area rug and small cocktail tables, the narrow space was visually widened.
Sterling's client has a great sense of nostalgia for his old collections of passed down family treasures and many were custom framed, placed in museum style boxes or simply placed under a cloche, like his Red Sox signed ball collection. What could have been cliche sports memorabilia now looks tasteful and purposeful.