People gravitate to the kitchen no matter the design or layout, but guests will certainly flock to this Tuscan-inspired kitchen. Rustic wrought-iron urn pendants hang from the exposed beams while recessed lighting lines the brick barrel ceiling. Below, an oversized island faces a muted stone hearth with tumbled-tile backsplash.
Floor to ceiling built in wine racks, with middle illuminated bottle display, cover a large section of this spacious wine cellar. An elegant light fixture casts a decorative light and shadow pattern over the ceiling. Centered below the light, a wine barrel acts as a fitting and beautiful tasting table.
With its brick barrel ceiling and rough stone walls, this dining room could double as a wine cellar. Heavy, hand-carved dining chairs surround a wood dining table under the glow of a filigreed chandelier.
A floor to ceiling wine rack features a stacked bottle storage system with a center row for lighted display. The built in wall shelving leaves the floor space open perfect for maneuvering around the wine barrel table. A light fixture casts an artistic shadow pattern on the ceiling.
Fence post cacti, golden barrels and a small water feature surrounded by black river rock all complement the Southwestern style of this home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Meanwhile, a reclaimed wood gate handcrafted by local artisans leads into the central courtyard.
Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rain barrel spigot. An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. One gable end of the playhouse includes a colorful climbing wall.
Details like the shabby chic wood paneling, antique-style coffee barrel and an outhouse-style door on the changing room give this recreation room loads of character. The red metal cabinets offer a sleek, updated contrast to all the country charm.
“We opted for a durable, solid wood dining table from Crate & Barrel for this casual eat-in kitchen nook. It’s perfect for family meals and works equally well for homework or crafts,” says the designer of this project. When matching table and chairs, she says, “always consider the leg finish of your dining chairs: They should be in the same tone family as your dining table. A few shades lighter or darker is fine, as long as the underlying hue is similar.”
The wood pergola with string lights adds dimension and definition to a dining area with two picnic-style tables and a massive fireplace. Other elements that fit into the modern design are the pergola, use of steel and concrete, and decorative elements such as barrels.
Floor to ceiling wood wine bottle shelves cover a long wall for optimum storage. A lighted center row highlights bottles and brightens the structure. An elegant light fixture casts a decorative shadow pattern over the ceiling. A wine barrel is fitting to the theme and works as a table.