As seen on HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens, Anthony and John created a custom-built, live edge tasting bar that perfectly complements the wild thistle wallpaper covering the bar. This gives these homeowners the perfect place to entertain.
An L-shaped island serves as both a prep area and breakfast bar that also lends itself to entertaining and conversation. Distressed white cabinets keep with the kitchen's traditional look while metal bar chairs and pendant lights give it a contemporary edge.
Anchored at the end of a large, open floor plan living space is a chic wet bar with barstools. The frameless glass wine room is outlined with bookmatched wood walls and ceilings, creating a space that features the homeowners' sophisticated style and taste.
Quartz countertops are gaining popularity in the kitchen for their durability, easy maintenance and attractive colors and patterns. In this kitchen, white quartz countertops and dove white countertops are paired with a live-edge walnut bar-top for gorgeous contrast.
Designers created a custom beverage bar with light gray cabinets to complement the interior doors. Above the cabinets is a chalk board wall that adds a touch of trendy pizzaz, while the live edge, reclaimed wood shelves add rustic charm to the space.
Four bar chairs in animal print line the waterfall edge marble kitchen island in this transitional space. Cool tile floors lead from the gray kitchen with a decorative backsplash to the nearby living space with large sectional sofa.
Created by bonding layers of hardwood (“plies”) together in a cross-grain construction, engineered hardwood floors are more stable and can withstand higher levels of humidity than solid hardwood floors. In this kitchen, engineered hardwoods are paired with white cabinets and countertops and a live-edge walnut bar-top.
White ceilings and walls brighten this open space to give it an airy feel. The bar area boasts a navy blue waterfall edge countertop that both anchors and defines that space. Light wood floors unify the separate living spaces.
Huerta included a suite of surprising details to bring historical and personal relevance to the client's dream space. For example, the island topper was actually made from the client's former live-edge dining table — a piece that was too big to bring into her new home. Now it creates a cool contrast to the stainless bar stools.
Why travel to the kitchen for a cocktail when this lovely, living room bar cart is within reach? Jackson Paige Interiors created this niche within a doorway of the living room that functions well for a quick pick-me-up after a long day at the office. The luminosity of the glassware, light fixtures and other amenities against the darker teal wall confer a sophisticated edge.
For Leyden and Lahzar art is as essential to their living space as furniture - and both often arrive at the home in the same way. “We collected the art and furniture pieces over time while traveling,” Leyden remembers. Opposite the living room, this gallery wall shows the couple’s full range of tastes with a variety of paintings and even a life-sized sculpture. At the same time, artistic pieces of furniture like the modern bentwood bar stool and colorful pouf play a similar role, adding notes of color and whimsy to the space.
Soon after purchasing their home, the homeowners were ready to redesign the entertaining hub of the home. A custom-designed drop ceiling with bubble pendant chandelier defines the new dining room, which pairs a chic woodgrain table with sleek black chairs. Anchored at the end of the living space is the wet bar and frameless glass wine room, each outlined with bookmatched wood walls and ceilings. The end result is a series of spaces that feature the homeowners' sophisticated style and taste.
For a family home in Houston, the designers of Laura U Interior Design created a comfortable seating area just off the kitchen. The team used color and accessories to create a cohesive look throughout the wide open area. “While the majority of the color palette is neutral, we weave a lively turquoise through each space: pillows and an area rug in the family, bar stool frames in the kitchen, and a show-stopping chandelier in the breakfast space,” they explain. “The entire space is further unified through the window treatments which are a combination of Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades and custom drapery with a turquoise band on the leading edge. A cheerful yellow and just a dash of orange set off the color scheme while touches of gold and a natural wood (teak root table and driftwood at the island) add eclectic charm.”
Spend an afternoon in a furniture store or browsing online and you’ll quickly realize that sofas come at all prices, from a few hundred to many thousand dollars. The good news is that you can get a great sofa at every level. “Quality is not necessarily indicated by price, contrary to what people may believe,” says Cindy W. Hodnett, Upholstery and Style Editor for Furniture Today. “You can find an affordable, high-quality sofa—and the exact opposite is true as well.” Part of what determines the sofa’s price is the type—a sleeper sofa, or one with “motion” capability or leather upholstery could cost more—but you should also consider how you’ll use the sofa when deciding how much to spend. “A sofa you plan to make the centerpiece of your living room in your dream-house might be worth more of an investment,” says Max Bar-Nahum, director of custom upholstery at Dr. Sofa, a furniture services provider that offers disassembly (and reassembly), upholstery, repair, and custom design and build. “On the other hand, if you know your tastes change often, you’ll be moving in a couple of years, or if it’s the sofa you’ll put in your playroom for your kids to hang out on, you might not want to spend too much over your budget.”