With a cozy breakfast nook at the front of the house and a beautiful outdoor space in the back, these clients craved a connected space. Lacking an open floor plan we set out to give them a well lit, updated, open kitchen where they could have the elegance and spaciousness for company, while still feeling cozy and comfortable.
The home’s original design featured a vaulted ceiling in the main living space, not continued into the kitchen, separating the two spaces. Our design team leaned into the challenge of keeping the space cohesive without raising the kitchen ceiling by incorporating the client’s desire for a large bar at the island.
The solid wood bar seats up to eight, matching the angle of the ceiling above it while featuring a third level in between the regular counter height and the bar height. This unique tiled feature breaks up the monotony of white on such a large island. By echoing the angle of the ceiling above it brings cohesion and style.
Many people are hesitant to use such striking colors on something like cabinets, as it’s a large part of the kitchen. These gorgeous cabinets provide a beautiful design statement. By keeping everything else neutral – white counters and backsplash, off-white walls, stainless steel appliances, and natural wood flooring – we achieved a look that feels moderated and up-to-date.
When it came to the breakfast nook, it was too disconnected from the rest of the living area, becoming cluttered and unused. Originally, there was a peninsula in the kitchen that cut it off from the already closed off space. By opening up the kitchen to the living room and removing the peninsula we were able to create a functional and beautiful space where the family can have intimate gatherings.