As frequent entertainers, the homeowners of this traditional home wanted a multifunctional kitchen with integrated living space. To create wider passageways, walls were removed and the living area of the kitchen was bumped out about two feet, allowing room for more windows to brighten up the space. The peninsula separating the kitchen and dining area was removed to create an open living area.
Kitchen Cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino took a narrow and dated galley kitchen and created this beautifully open floor plan in a luxe new space that marries kitchen, dining area and living room. The new 13-foot kitchen island features brilliant white quartz countertops. Its front panel is made from reclaimed wood that was locally sourced from a decommissioned water tower that was more than 150 years old.
A large, elegant island opens up to the family room, and a rustic farm table in front of the island serves as a cozy spot for family dining and entertaining. As reclaimed 100-year old barn wood adorns the ceiling, large white trestles add texture and beauty, while anchoring the entire space.
General contractor Emilio LoCascio suspended a swing from the ceiling to add an element of fun and whimsy to this eclectic living area, which opens up to the dining room and kitchen. Exposed beams, matching square chandeliers and beautiful tile floors are used throughout all the spaces to create a seamless look.
This condo is small in size, but the features and furnishings are high in style. The dining room chandelier is oversized, but the glass and sculpted metal look is open and perfect for this space. The round, glass table seats six comfortably in stylish chairs with sleek backs and legs. Designer tip: In small spaces, keep the flooring consistent because transitions can visually make a space seem smaller.
This living space is full of life and color with a pink and green color palette. Floral accent chairs flank a sleek fireplace, while a neutral area rug and printed throw pillows add more pattern to the mix. An acrylic side table and framed photo above the mantel give the room a fresh, updated look. The living room opens up in to a formal dining room complete with a decorative mirror and chandelier.
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.
Bold blue bases on the outdoor chairs give a fun party vibe to this mod outdoor dining room, which features ceiling-mounted infrared heaters to warm the space in colder months. A dramatic accent wall brings depth and dimension to the space, while a retractable wall opens it fully to the indoors.
"I found an old paned window at a salvage yard and cut it down to fit the opening between this home's entry and dining room. It not only looks cool, but it cuts down on drafts," says Emily Jones, graphic designer and owner of Jones Design Company, Seattle, Washington.
The client allowed the designers to take a closet to house the refrigerator and built into the wall with pantry space to the right. A corner drawer base was added to provide the homeowners with drawer space. The kitchen was opened up to the dining room, but cabinets were installed between the two rooms to provide ample double sided storage and countertop space for serving.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the new kitchen is located where the old, small living room previously was. The walls on the first floor have been removed, creating an open modern floor plan with views to both the living room and dining area. Updated kitchen cabinetry, new appliances, a decorative tile backsplash and the elongated central island make the new kitchen the center of life on the first floor. Finally, new window treatments, colorful pillows and updated recessed and pendant lighting give a modern and fun vibe throughout.
Just a few steps through the front door and the space opens up into this expansive dining room. Part of the effortless charm of this home comes from original details such as historic moldings. The cool white of the walls and the warm wood tone of the floor create a stark backdrop that give the room’s other colors and elements ample room to shine. The dining room is a mix of rustic and industrial elements. To add some color to the mix, a large red print, left by the home’s previous tenant adds a pop of color to the neutral decor.
In the remodel of this one-bedroom flat, the kitchen and dining area were opened up to connect to the living room. The homeowner wanted an exposed brick accent wall. The solution: a rosy pink brick from Brickit that pairs handsomely with the dark wood cabinets and brass accents. Kitchen cabinets: Ikea; Hardware: Anthropologie
By taking down the wall that separated the Pasquellas' kitchen from the rest of the house, John and Anthony have been able to give the family the illusion of more space. Then, the Kitchen Cousins added an accent wall directly opposite the kitchen to add some dimension to the space. The abundance of windows helps to let light into the space and contributes to the open feel of the kitchen and dining room.
This home has a great sense of flow, as the sitting room opens up into the adjacent dining area. In turn, guests can sip drinks on the sofa and then head over to the table for the main course. Recessed lights and a few edgy fixtures brighten both spaces in the evening.
Designers wanted to ensure that the homeowners did not lose counter space when they opened up the space, so they added a large island in the middle of the room. They painted it gray to add contrast and color to the kitchen and added blue barstools to give the family a casual dining option.
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.”
As seen on Home Town, Ben and Erin Napier have completely renovated the Saxton residence in Laurel, Mississippi. The bonus room in the rear was closed off to the rest of the main house. A new hallway that runs from the front dining room all the way to the new den in the rear opens up this space for its proper use. New furniture and decorations help to the section of areas of the large room for different uses.