Pine that was stained a dark walnut creates the open storage shelves below the counter in the baking center. The shelves resemble a freestanding piece of furniture, with display storage for a bread box, dessert stands, mixing bowls, glass cannisters for flour and sugar and a marble rolling pin. A new window above peeks out to an alluring water view.
The open floor plan for the living area and dining space finds unity in the bright white color palette with sea green and pink accents. The soft colors draw focus on the real showstopper: floor-to-ceiling views of Puget Sound.
The kitchen is home to another DIY moment. With some hardware brackets, and a solid piece of reclaimed wood that eventually had to be cut to size, the couple installed open shelving. It’s the perfect place to house their collection of ceramic dishware. A space was also added to hang pots to dry. The genius design allows water from the pots to drip right into their overflowing plant in the kitchen.
Under the two windows that flank the fireplace sit two metal and glass console tables with outdoor table lamps that have a white bulbous base. Assorted coffee table books and decorative accessories like a silver and marble clock and antique decoy duck decorate the shelves of the console tables.
To create a more open space, designers knocked out the wall leading down the stairs, creating a full view of the basement from the staircase. This allows the basement to feel more open and gives a clear line of sight from one end of the room to the other.
Open dining rooms are in. Designer Cynthia Spence predicts an increase in building and remodeling around the concept of open dining rooms. She says this shift "creates a sense of flow throughout the space, and brings socializing back to the dinner table."