Neutral gray and brown wooden accents define this modern dining space. An artful brass and red cord chandelier hangs above the expansive dining table with seating for a dozen guests, just steps away from the open concept kitchen with island seating.
Everything in this interior was thoughtfully designed by Ana Claudia and her husband. In the kitchen, custom details stand out as unique statement pieces. Chevron brick tile creates a graphic display as the backsplash behind the kitchen stove. At the center of the kitchen, an island has been designed, blending stone and natural wood in an unexpected way. The mix of materials adds to the home’s story of midcentury meets modern design.
The kitchen’s white apron-front sink has a streamlined and versatile farmhouse style. The single bowl sink with touchless faucet sits next to a stainless built-in dishwasher, surrounded by a polished quartz countertop. “I choose pure white because of all the elements that were going on, especially with the brick, the woods, the stainless steel, the paint and everything else going on,” says designer Tiffany Brooks. “I wanted to add calm there to the perimeters of the kitchen.”
This look at the backside of the island shows the easy-access drawers that provide ample storage space for various kitchen essentials. “There’s no hardware on the drawers,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “We simply had wood notched out to create an integrated handle.”
The Francis family asked the crew of Elbow Room for a flowing and functional kitchen and family room. To make this happen, Chip Wade and his crew enclosed the back deck and demolished several walls. To make up for lost space, the crew installed an oversized island to hold appliances and supply extra storage. They also added seating in the kitchen by building a banquette to wrap around the kitchen table and adding bar stools to the end of the countertop. The kitchen, then flows into the living room where the crew added comfort in two oversized chairs looking onto the fireplace.
The kitchen takes a colorful, industrial turn, showcasing Naomi’s fondness for metallics. The island is topped with an oxidized, steel countertop. The material is a unique twist on the usual granite or marble found in most kitchens. The steel top will patina over time. Its rough-hewn texture is also a pleasing contrast to the stainless steel refrigerator and brass elements in the kitchen. Cabinets in a gray-blue tone contrast with the brass pendant overhead. Naomi discovered the pair of vintage white bar stools and painted the legs gold for a finishing metallic touch.
This is the back wall of the kitchen, as seen from between the islands. The designers wanted one wide wall with nothing on it but the three AGA ranges and reclaimed wood shelves. As a personal touch, the homeowner asked the builder to use the most worn planks he could find!
A long island divides this open-concept kitchen and living space. Stained concrete underfoot and wood beams overhead give the space an earthy warmth, while sleek track lighting and modern cabinetry and countertops play to the home's industrial edge. Complementary shades of blue and orange add both color and character.
The kitchen’s inviting breakfast area in front of the center island features a large 72-inch wide wood dining table with unexpected seating options. A custom church pew, round ottomans that are easy to move around and Parson style dining chairs upholstered in a woven black plaid fabric give everyone a seat at the table.
This home features an open plan design, transitional furnishings, and vaulted ceilings to create the perfect place to entertain. Hardwood floors extend from the deep blue kitchen island to the neutral area rug in the living space with a velvet sectional sofa. In between, the dining room features traditional seating beside the pull-up breakfast bar with wooden bar chairs.
This outdoor kitchen is party-ready and comes complete with stainless steel appliances, a sink and even a beer tap. The L-shaped concrete counter provides ample space for cooking, and a mobile island offers both seating and additional room for spreading out party supplies. A glass and wood structure shelters the space and creates a backsplash.
While the bottom of the island and the surrounding lower cabinets have a deep charcoal gray color with a wood grain look, the upper cabinets have a white linen finish that keeps things light. “I didn’t want to create a dark kitchen, but I wanted some depth,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “By keeping the darker finish below, it anchors the room visually and then adding the contrasting white up top keeps the room from darkening.”
For a family home in Houston, the designers of Laura U Interior Design created a comfortable seating area just off the kitchen. The team used color and accessories to create a cohesive look throughout the wide open area. “While the majority of the color palette is neutral, we weave a lively turquoise through each space: pillows and an area rug in the family, bar stool frames in the kitchen, and a show-stopping chandelier in the breakfast space,” they explain. “The entire space is further unified through the window treatments which are a combination of Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades and custom drapery with a turquoise band on the leading edge. A cheerful yellow and just a dash of orange set off the color scheme while touches of gold and a natural wood (teak root table and driftwood at the island) add eclectic charm.”