Waste not, want not: Instead of heading to the lumber yard, more and more furniture designers are looking to the past for their materials. This Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island, $475, from Herb’s Furnishings is one great example. Handcrafted of 100% reclaimed wood from Baltimore, Md., the island’s frame is crafted from old beams, and its shelves are reclaimed pine paneling. The butcher's block top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring, which is sealed with food-safe mineral oil and beeswax. The island sits on leveling stems to ensure a flat cutting surface, and it includes a steel bar with S hooks for hanging pots and other utensils.
This kitchen features natural wood cabinets paired with open shelving for storing dishes and other kitchen necessities. Black countertops and a matching backsplash add a sleek touch, while white metal stools allow for casual dining at the peninsula area. Stainless steel appliances complete the look of the space.
A geometric rug and patterned wood coffee table fill the space between the pair of gray bucket chairs and the brown leather sofa. Brown throw pillows decorate the sofa for added shades and texture. Chocolate brown curtains add decoration and sheen to the design. A tall gray shelving unit displays relics for organized decoration.
Elegance and luxury meet in this sleek, spa-like master bathroom. A grand walk-in shower features a rainfall shower head, built-in shelving and expansive glass doors. Opposite the shower is the modern double vanity in wood with warm sconce lighting. A modern soaking tub sits beneath a floor-to-ceiling window with a city view.
The beautiful wood details in this contemporary living room create a warm and cozy environment. A stacked-stone fireplace is a great textural eye catcher. A pair of brown leather chairs and a soft neutral sofa provide seating around the square glass-top coffee table. A black shelving unit with varying openings provides a pleasing decorative display.
This modern great room brings together dining and living spaces with a vibrant green hue and rustic wood accents, like the reclaimed shelving and lamps. Brown and white patterned armchairs add a touch of flair to the sitting area, while simple, green upholstered chairs are used in the dining space.
The smooth wood in this kitchen gives a warm, homey feel to the modern design. Sliding doors with frosted glass panels slide to reveal or conceal shelving and storage. Off-white countertops and floor tiles keep the color scheme very neutral and calm. A single pendant light hangs above the stove to contribute extra light to the island.
A two-piece sectional allows for plenty of seating in this Tuscan-inspired living space. The bright red curtains, metallic gray open back shelving and leather-tufted chair bring warmth and comfort. The steel and wood coffee table is spruced up with a cement bear, candles and flowers to keep the rustic look alive.
The rift-cut oak wood cabinetry was resourced from a LEED Certified manufacturer that utilizes responsible forestry and manufacturing processes. Handmade, glazed ceramic tiles weave through open shelving for ready access to continually used items. Durable quartz countertops grace both the kitchen perimeter and the twin islands, creating practical and abundant work spaces for multiple users.
Before Tze and her husband, Geoff could move in, the home needed a complete makeover. The kitchen became a sleek, modern affair in a colorful mix of light blue, warm woods and cool white. The open shelving was a DIY touch added by the couple once they moved into the space.
The basement bar uses space that would otherwise be empty square footage. A custom bar aligns with the stair treads and is the same wood and finish as the steps. A dark charcoal wall is a complementary accent to the light gray paint. Glass subway tile adds a simple pattern to the space and open shelving keeps bottles organized and accessible.
A custom library ladder is a fun accessory for the large shelving unit in this living room. The lime green pops nicely against the surrounding orange walls, and the room is unified with thick white trim. A tufted white sofa matches the trim, while wood tables blend with the hardwood floor. Midcentury-modern chairs with matching ottomans complete the space.
An overstuffed plaid armchair is the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book in this rustic-meets-traditional living space. The addition of carefully selected photos and curiosities to the shelving unit creates interest and keeps the custom piece from feeling too stuffed with books. The light wood also unburdens the space.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines combined a formerly separated and cramped kitchen and dining room into a living space with lots of breathing room by cutting a wide archway. Rustic details like the shiplap wood trim on the range hood and dining room wall and open shelving are balanced by the white subway tile backsplash and quartzite countertops.
The open design of this contemporary style living room showcases a tall, stacked-stone free-standing fireplace. Beautiful hardwood flooring is accented by wooden beams throughout the space. A light neutral sofa is balanced with a pair of brown leather armchairs. A square coffee table with glass top fills some floor space white black shelving adds a dark contrast and decorative display.
This small but bright and inviting spot, featuring a simple desk with built-in shelving above, is a perfect home office for a busy mom as well as a great homework room for the kids. The light colors on the walls and cabinetry contrast beautifully with the dark wood floors, projecting a sense of calm and order in the midst of even the most hectic day.
Two-tone cabinets blend with sleek open shelving, keeping this kitchen feeling open and spacious. A neutral tile backsplash adds visual interest behind the kitchen sink while a dark tile backsplash behind the range hood emphasizes the stainless steel range. A large wood island with a gray granite countertop provides extra workspace, and a built-in sink creates a convenient meal prep area.
The Apothecary includes a full-service retail pharmacy with products displayed on the steel, aluminum, and poplar wood super-graphic shelf that runs the full height and length of the glass storefront. The super-graphic combines the pharmacy's needs for clear and bold branding as well as ease of access to the products on display while allowing the daylight to filter through the entire space. The super-graphic manages direct southern light, adequately and naturally lighting the pharmacy interior while protecting sensitive items on the shelves. Materiality and form are carefully composed to create an uplifting and efficient workplace for daily pharmacy functions that are transparent to customers.