If your living room lacks the square footage to accommodate end tables, consider forgoing them in favor of a table positioned behind the sofa. Here, the empty space on each side of the sofa allows for proper flow to and from the nearby kitchen; however, the sofa table still allows enough tabletop surface to display decorative objects and table lamps.
As amazing as the living room is, the dining room stands out as the central attraction of the first floor. Sharing a space with the kitchen, the dining room is flooded with natural light that accentuates the continual blue tone of the walls even more. To better display her fantastic collection of art, the designer carved these built-in shelves into the wall.
Shauna’s reasons for leaning traditional in the kitchen were purely practical: She plans to be cooking there for a long time. “Marble subway tile is never going out of style,” she says. Even so, the space has personality, with bistro barstools from CB2, Shauna’s collection of colorful drinking glasses displayed on the counter and a vivid runner by Annie Selke’s Dash & Albert.
This beautiful contemporary dining area can be open to the living room and the kitchen, or striped curtain dividers can slide closed for a private dining room. A lit black china cabinet with glass doors provides a beautiful display at the end of a black and white zigzag rug. Turquoise chairs sit at a wooden dining table, and a gold chandelier hangs from the blue ceiling above.
Just off the kitchen, a casual dining room basks in the glow of the natural light from the large pay windows. A new, rustic dining table provides the family with a great space for making memories, while the contrasting black chairs make great statement pieces. Custom benches and cabinets are in place behind the dining table to create more seating and display the homeowners' vintage dishes.
Cindy calls the living room the most important room of her home. "It's where I hang out with my babies," she says. "We dress them in the living room, and I don't know why a lot of the time. We play in the living room, maybe because it's connected to the kitchen."
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, a once cramped living space was transformed into a bright and cheery open plan dining, living and kitchen area. Sarah chose antique-style wicker chairs, a traditional hanging chandelier and charming bird wall prints to satisfy her clients' love of vintage cottage decor. A gorgeous built-in sideboard adds extra storage and is a chic way to display vintage finds.
Bring a play on fresh food to your tabletop surfaces by outfitting melons and pineapples as floral vessels. Choose flowers that fit the vibe and palette of your party, hollow out the center of the melon or pineapple using a kitchen knife, then place a small cylindrical vase inside. Once the flowers are added, the vase becomes completely hidden.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harris added a breakfast nook off the kitchen and mudroom. This beach inspired space is located next to the window that overlooks the pool so that the kids can play while mom and dad look on from the comfort of the indoors.
Beyond offering a place to mix drinks, a wet bar can play an important design role in a home with an open layout, linking the kitchen workspace with the entertaining areas of the house. Here, designer Amy Darooge used rustic materials to create a coherent style throughout. She chose distressed wood cabinetry, a copper sink and faucet, and “the material on the counter is walnut with a live ledge,” she says.
Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.
Topping a kitchen island is a glass cylinder filled with red and green apples. It can be used at different times of the year or as a natural arrangement for the holidays. The centerpiece pairs beautifully with a blue and white toile tablecloth, which adds texture and warmth to the display.
Topping a kitchen island is this glass cylinder filled with red and green apples. It can be used at different times of the year or as a natural arrangement for the holidays. Paired with a beautiful blue and white toile tablecloth adds texture and warmth to the display.
The open floor design of this modern living room plays heavily with geometric shapes. Wenge wrapping the walls creates the geometric idea cubes while details like the X-based coffee table and large rectilinear windows unify the design within the details. A sliding wall gives way to a pass through to the kitchen, and softer textures like a silk area rug, leather bench and linen sofas soften the space to highlight the peaceful living environment.
The living room needed fun, durable seating to accommodate the family's teenage son and his friends, so designers added a tough, blue sectional and faux green leather ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. To provide display shelves, shelves were built into the half-wall separating the kitchen and dining room from the living room. These shelves are made of dark, rich wood, which, along with the white walls, ties this space into the rest of this family's 1920s Spanish home.
Simple materials can yield phenomenal results when paired well. There aren’t any super expensive finishes or materials at play here, but it still looks like a million bucks. Taking the subway tile all the way to the ceiling, light fixtures in an on-trend finish, as well as a spendy-looking undermount sink all go a long way toward giving this kitchen a high-end look.
Every home should be so well equipped as to have additional storage for the kitchen, plus a landing spot for coats, bags and to drop off wet shoes. This area is just off of the kitchen and adjacent to the back door, therefore in the perfect position for the way this family functions. The two shelves flanking the cased opening conceal pocket doors that lead to the kids’ play area and powder room. While the spaces are beautifully organized I can’t help but be captivated by the stunning area rugs in both spaces. They are definitely adding artful value in this zone of the house.
Cindy loves her West Village location because of its relaxed atmosphere and nearby parks for the kids. "You can actually smell fresh air in the city, which is wonderful for New York," she says." The reality star is currently transforming her outdoor living space — a rare find in New York — from a party place to a play area for the kids, adding a swing, cushioned cement, an outdoor kitchen and tables for family meals.