Kitchen Cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino took a narrow and dated galley kitchen, blew out some walls and created this beautifully open floor plan in a luxe new space that marries kitchen, dining area and living room. The window between the dining area and living room is actually a single, large span of glass. The framing elements -- technically termed mullions -- create the effect of individual panes and are actually a decorative accent added separately.
Just off the kitchen and dining area, the new sitting room has modern slate floors and simple, gray linen window treatments. The home's original wainscoting was removed, modernizing the space, and the walls were painted a warm beige. To add contrast to the room, Joanna brought in bright yellow pillows and shiny, metallic lamps and tables, while a white picket gate with the work "family" attached to it hangs above the cozy, white sofa, softening the space.
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This show stopping living room design creates the feeling of a larger space by using the stripes to draw the eye upward. Black and white walls add a sense of whimsy while creating a bold, daring statement. Beautiful, custom gray sofas draw frame the room and create a focal point of the fireplace that is defined by a black mantel with a white, marble slab inlay that adds softness to the room's design. Finally, a long, dramatic chandelier hangs eight feet from the floor to finish the space with a feeling of intimacy and warmth.
The owners of this home hoped to show off their collections, so designers made the collector's items the focal points in the space. The room's statues are placed in prominent positions, two in front of windows to allow light to shine directly on them, and two on either corner of the fireplace at the front of the room. The art collection, framed in black and hung on white walls, is also very prominent in the space.
Designers wanted to make sure the family had plenty of fun spaces to hang out together, so they added this fun, bright bar area. Textured wallpaper and rich wood combine with the natural light of the large windows to bring a funky, outdoor feel right into the interior space. To add even more eclectic color, designers hung bright wall plates and covered the barstools with bold fabrics to ensure that the family could enjoy this colorful space in style and comfort.
In the dining room, the homeowners wanted to create an elegant, bright space, so designers used white as the basis for their design. This allows the walls to reflect the natural light of the windows at the front of the space, making this small room seem larger. Two modern art pieces add a splash of color to the space, while a modern dining table and modern chairs provide seating. In addition to the natural light, a modern chandelier hangs from the ceiling adding elegance and providing light at night and on cloudy days.
This cozy bedroom features layers of textures and pattern all set against a striking black feature wall. The rustic, wooden bed frame stands out against the colorful and varied patterns of the throw pillow. To the right of the bed, a large ampersand, a symbol of connection that was widely featured in Tanika and Brian’s wedding sits by the window. Its weathered metal is a perfect echo of the weathered wood of the headboard - once a room divider that Tanika repurposed for the room.
The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.
Several rooms in the Cashiers Design Showhouse used curtains on walls rather than windows to create a feeling of plush comfort. Says designer Sande Beck of this upstairs dressing room and bath, "we didn't want it to be too precious. We wanted pretty." To that end they used drapery to hide unappealing cabinets and a timeless blend of old and new in the room with a mix of vintage pieces and fresh new details. Soft pink grasscloth on the ceiling creates a finished look and a mix of framed and unframed art does much to keep the precious at bay.
This elegant, understated living room gives the homeowners a comfortable space to relax with family and friends. Providing plenty of seating, a white, sectional sofa complements the neutral design of the space. Two contemporary chair and a halfs and white bench add extra seating. A large coffee table gives all guests a place to set their drinks or put their feet up. At the front of the space, a gas fireplace gives warmth to the room, and a television is centered along the front wall to meet the family's entertainment needs. To add color, a soft gray and purple painting hangs opposite a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light, illuminating the space, completing the elegant feel.
This traditional bedroom has a timeless look about it. The intricate headboard and footboard bring the feeling of the Victorian era to the space; however, the harshness of the Victorian style is softened by the wispy white linens that adorn the bed. A window to the left of the space allows tons of natural light to flow into the room, further softening the look of the space and reflecting off the white walls and antique silver picture frames and traditional gold lamp. The more contemporary additions of the canvas curtains and chair help to blend the Victorian style with one that is more updated, giving this space a timeless quality.