As seen on Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harris used an eclectic mix of materials for Emily and Gary's dining room. A sturdy wood table anchors the space while copper pendant lights offer elegance.
The first floor called for a modern, open concept design with a clear line of sight from one space into the others. Even though all the spaces would be connected, designers wanted to make sure a clear delineation existed between rooms, so they used the few walls that exist in the space to create that visual separation. The kitchen is nestled in the opening of two walls, and while it can be seen from the dining and living areas, is clearly separate from them. The dining area is just in front of the kitchen, and the living room is off to the side of those spaces, physically connected, but visually separate.
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.
On open concept first floor increases the flow and function of this modern space. By allowing the natural light from all sides to flow between the spaces unrestrained, the design gets a sense of togetherness, even though each space has it's own definite boundaries. This makes for an elegant entertaining space as well as a practical space for everyday living.
As seen on Love It or List It, Too. homeowners Neena and Jag entertain up to 30 guests at a time so they needed an open space that could accomadate large groups. Designer Jillian Harris created an open concept floor plan by rearranging the kitchen and dining rooms. A large driftwood table in the dining room offers ample seating.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.
To create the open concept home the homeowners hoped for, Chip and Joanna, of HGTV's Fixer Upper, removed several walls to open the space up, creating a clear line of sight from the kitchen to the dining room. To connect the spaces, Joanna chose gray trim and molding to run throughout, creating an industrial feel for the spaces.
Just off the kitchen is a modern dining area. In this space, a white, modern dining table, illuminated by a fun, modern lamp, provides seating for four. Behind the dining table, a row of slender windows allow in natural light and provide a nice view for diners.
To create an open plan first floor, Karen and Mina, hosts of HGTV's show, Good Bones, removed the walls separating the rooms of the first floor. This allows for design continuity, as well as allowing homeowners to maximize their entertaining space.
The tiny home's functional downstairs floor plan includes an open concept kitchen and living room. The kitchen, although small, makes the most of its space with large, lower cabinets, full sized appliances and a kitchen island with a breakfast bar that seats four. Adjacent to the kitchen is a living area with a stylish sofa and chairs. A rug adds definition to the design.
Kortney and David knocked out the home's existing walls to create one open, visually and physically connected space where three separate, closed off spaces had been. They even opened the staircase to allow natural light to flow through this space as well as the kitchen, dining room and living room. The removal of these walls creates a clear line of sight from the front door through to the kitchen and back again, keeping the home's first floor feeling light, bright and open.
In the living room downstairs, David and Kortney created an open concept first floor by removing the walls that had been standing between the kitchen, dining room and living room. This allowed the three spaces to take advantage of the natural light that comes in through the large windows, making these rooms feel brighter and more spacious.
As guests enter the home, they move straight from the classic foyer into the rustic industrial first floor. The walls in this space have been removed to create an open concept floor plan, and the gray trim and molding has been continued into these spaces to create continuity. Throughout these spaces, rustic pieces are mixed with industrial pieces to create an elegant, masculine design throughout the interior of this home.
The living room, bathed in light from the windows that surround the space, is framed by seating that helps to define the space, creating a perfect vignette, while maintaining an open feeling throughout the home's first floor.
To give more space to the living room, Karen and Mina, of HGTV's Good Bones, removed the walls that used to enclose the space. Now that the barriers are gone, this home has an open concept first floor with a line of sight from the living room into the dining room and kitchen. Each of these spaces, then received an elegant, contemporary design, creating a contemporary, updated space.