Fun, fresh and perfect for entertaining, this eclectic style home has many standout features throughout its open concept kitchen, dining, and living area. In a neutral color palette of gray and white, the bright blue bar stools add an awesome pop of color. Unique and big enough for entertaining, this long wood dining table with white chairs is perfect for this space and gives additional character and charm.
One of Luke’s early visions for the house was a matte black kitchen. “It contrasts nicely with wood and makes the appliances blend in seamlessly,” says Luke. The cabinets and the island are from IKEA, and he got vintage green pendants from a local flea market to play up the hints of green veining in the black soapstone counters. Industrial-style counter stools from Craigslist provide the perfect place to perch with hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
TaLaya and Kerrick found their 1500 square foot home to be a storage challenge. This living room features one of TaLaya’s most creative solutions: a large wooden armoire. Woven cane gives the piece a handmade look that is beautifully complemented by the other woven elements in the space. Of particular interest is the patterned basket that ties together the colors of the rug and pillows in the room. The brass stool and accessories deepen the layers of metallic color in the space.
This kitchen channels both Spanish and Mexican styling with colorful walls, shelves and pottery. The large metallic mirror hanging over the range is a statement piece that brings more light and space to the room. Designer Emily Severinsen chose a deep orange wall color and carried it through to the pottery, which holds a variety of kitchen utensils. The green tea color on the range hood and cabinets is a refreshing contrast against the bold, rustic metal tile backsplash and cultural artwork. Natural elements like the sabino wood kitchen island and wooden ceiling beams add a country look, while the black modern stools rejuvenate the space. The oversized antique mirror makes the kitchen feel larger and more open.
Designer Linda McDougald turned a culinary student's dream kitchen into a reality with a brilliant kitchen design that has all the trimmings to make cooking, cleaning and entertaining a breeze. A vaulted ceiling allows for a tall cabinet and range hood in this impressive transitional kitchen. Gray brick adds an accent strip to the wall under the range hood. The large island features two sinks on the gray countertop. A neutral bar extends from the island providing eating room. Industrial pipe stools with wood tops add a distinctive detail.
Here again the architecture of the home reflects Hollywood’s golden age. The arches that form the passages between rooms are one of Nikia’s favorite features in the home. This arch between the living and dining room offers a gorgeous view of the various textures and cultural influences that make up the living room — from the pouf to the rug to the Bamileke-inspired stools from World Market (https://www.worldmarket.com/product/tribal-carved-wood-accent-table.do?sortby=ourPicks). “I love a combination of clean mid-century Scandinavian with more intricate pieces from India and Africa,” Nikia confesses. “Mixing and matching design elements from different cultures reflects the world I live in and makes me feel at home.”
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.”