A sleek tasting table is constructed with the same wood as the structural column it wraps for a seamless design. The small table offers a convenient spot for taste-testing wines from the adjacent wine room.
Frameless glass panels enclose the striking wine room in this lower-level entertainment space. A small tasting table wraps a structural column adjacent to the wine room, so guests can taste-test before selecting their drink of choice.
This converted St. Louis loft represents no-holds-barred decorating at its best, with lush velvet sofas, a zebra-striped rug and mirrored tables that give Studio 54 a run for its money. A white leather sofa encircles a structural column to offer extra seating in this modern open living space.
A backlit onyx fireplace serves as the only divider between the bedroom and bathroom in this expansive master suite. Structural columns are wrapped in wood, and dropped ceilings allow for pockets to house window treatments. A vast mosaic wall guides the eye back toward the bathtub, making the masculine suite feel even larger.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath removed a wall to turn the U-shaped kitchen into a far more functional L-shaped room. The transformation created space for a large island and continuous traffic flow. A required structural column was incorporated into the corner of the island, wrapped in Peruvian walnut to forge a unique architectural detail.
A custom 12-foot dining wood and aged iron dining table is surrounded by an elegant mix of upholstered seating, including an oversized pair of klismos-inspired chairs that bookend the table and give it visual weight. The cluster chandeliers and convex mirror emphasize the room's curves and connect with a crescent-shaped structural column that delineates the space.
Neutral colors and soft, metallic finishes contribute to this city apartment's airy, sophisticated feel. A custom bar with copper accents is a functional focal point. Structural columns delineate the "rooms," while an open floor plan allows the urban space to live large. A tray ceiling adds dimension and creates options for mixed recessed and cove lighting.
A high-top stainless steel table against the existing structural column incorporates additional counter space and seating in this open living space. This also helps divide and define the neutral contemporary living room and adjacent kitchen space, while still feeling open. The living room side of the space has a small home office nook, providing a convenient spot in which to get some work done.
This home's walkway and landscaping leading to the front door are inviting expressions of form and balance. Created by landscape architects C.B. Conlin, this space introduces the loveliness of the home's exterior, and its manicured greenery shows a formal and well-conceived design. Especially fetching are the stone planters that sit atop columns that repeat in other outdoor areas of the home, providing privacy and structural detail.
Bold-white structural details on the portico of this ranch home define its contemporary style. Subtle colors allow the columns on the porch to take center stage while simple, glass-paned windows break up the gray siding color.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Designer Heather Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.
Even an industrial loft kitchen can don the mantle of an Old World farmhouse with a few simple touches. Here, antique wooden beams replace the existing structural supports, creating an eye-catching element in this vintage-yellow kitchen. For a similar effect, cover boring columns with wood, or use a faux finish to give them a rustic appearance, says author Susan Sully. For an even easier farmhouse-style fix, bring in a rocking chair.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family. Designer Heather Garrett and her team's approach was to utilize materials that were both luxe and livable, taking into consideration pets and a baby on the way.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.