This wide view of the dining room with the 4-panel sliding patio doors on the left side and open-concept kitchen in the background highlights the prefinished engineered floor in a few shades darker than the grayish-brown walls. The durable flooring helps create great flow and a smooth transition between the main living areas of the home.
Located next to the stairwell, the design of the dining room and surrounding spaces helps the main floor of this urban home feel light and airy. Removing walls, installing a steel beam, and opening up this first floor with an addition at the back totally transformed the property and made it much better suited for modern urban living.
Painting exposed ceiling beams black is more than an accent to a living space, it brings classic intrigue and an updated farmhouse feel to this transitional room. Using thick, textured material for the fireplace mantel adds a striking focal point that emulates the rustic nature of the dining table.
The table’s vintage faux-leather dining chairs offer a way to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the home. “Almost everything you see to sit in, with the exception of the woven chairs in the great room, is super comfortable,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
From behind the island, you can see into the living room and talk with guests while working on a gourmet meal that can easily be transported to the dining room just steps away. Removing walls, installing a steel beam and opening up the first floor of the home with the addition at the back transformed the property and made it much better suited for modern urban living.
This traditional white kitchen mixes industrial-style blue tile backsplash and pendant lights together to create a tranquil updated environment. The marble top island provides extra workspace and room for casual dining. The picture window allows for plenty of natural light while the white farmhouse sink brings rustic charm to the space.
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn says this large area rug that helps anchor the dining room looks like a chunky Nordic sweater, handmade with black and gray jute and wool with eyelash fringe detailing. A premium nonslip rug pad underneath protects the weave and helps extend the life of the rug.
The design and build team kept the home’s existing 11-foot-high ceiling in the kitchen and dining area and extended that same ceiling height into the new addition where the living room with sliding-glass doors now sits. “Previously you couldn’t get to the backyard from the ground floor space,” says build manager Dan Faires. “Now you can see the backyard when you walk into the home.”
Initially the home included a solid wall where the architectural screen wall now stands. By doing a screen wall, the team was able to expand the stairwell without impeding into the dining room space. “It’s a statement on its own,” says build manager Dan Faires. “It’s a vertical dark wood slatted wall, but it’s not heavy.”
Nicola and Michael are looking for a space where they can entertain friends and relax with their family. Jillian designed a space that is light, flowing and functional. The windows all around the room allow plenty of light into the space, while the canned lighting in the ceiling helps to add light. The neutral wall color helps to reflect the light, while the grey sofa and its pillows adds color to the space and softens it. The natural beam that crosses the room, the chandelier in the dining room and other wood accents add a rustic flare to the room.
This pristine kitchen features custom everything, from the marble backsplash that extends to the ceiling to the integrated appliances to the range hood to the dual islands, one for prep and one for dining. The beamed ceiling continues into a hearth room that opens to a gorgeous water view. Wide-plank wood floors mix with glossy natural stone to bring the space a chic mix of rustic and modern details.
This kitchen is a combination of traditional and modern elements. The cabinetry, granite and hardware are very contemporary, but with the infusion of a custom rustic kitchen table, fabric dining chairs and cornice boards, the space becomes cozy. The cornice boards were created in an unexpected bohemian patterned fabric with orange accents to add interest and pattern to the room. The hammered metal pendants hanging at varying height are copper on the inside and produce a warm glow.