Like the Edison-style pendants with LED illuminated laser-etched filaments that now hang proudly over the dining table, this project was full of good ideas. It started when this family, like many of the families who come to us, found that their home’s original layout wasn’t meeting their needs. They wanted to find a way to unify the kitchen, dining, living and family rooms while also emphasizing natural light and their views of their backyard. There was plenty of space, but much of it felt inefficient and was not well used. The clients wanted the design to provide both a sense of openness without being cavernous. Zones had to be created that would still be cozy and intimate, which can be a tricky design challenge to navigate.
The first “Eureka!” moment came with our decision to add the stunning reclaimed walnut barn door made by a local furniture maker. This door gave the homeowners the flexibility to either open the kitchen to the dining room and living room or close it off, depending on how much space they needed in the moment. For example, during a dinner party the owners could open the door to let guests move throughout the space, or close it to keep the focus away from a busy or potentially messy kitchen.
The kitchen itself was redesigned to serve people who love to cook. We increased their counter space and minimized clutter by reducing the upper cabinetry and maximizing lower cabinetry and use of unseen storage. We also installed a magnificent 700-bottle wine storage unit in their newly expanded pantry and revitalized their half bath and laundry area.
Once completed, the new space emphasized clean lines and simplicity, with details carefully placed which turned the house into a home. The LED Edison lights, an environmentally-friendly adaptation of an old classic, are just one of the ways we made this large space feel like an inviting one.