DO make the new design functional. Yes, looks are important, but if this remodel that you’ve invested tons of time and money into doesn’t make logical sense, you will regret it.  Your remodeled space needs to be a proper working kitchen. Good architectural design “solves functional requirements first and aesthetics second. A good working floor plan allows you to live in your house with ease and comfort; it will function properly and help make your remodeled home feel and look appropriate”.

I watch a lot of HGTV and Joanna and Chip Gaines are always giving their carpenter the task to build  fabulous farmhouse tables for the decor in their client’s homes they have remodeled.  This table isn’t quite as large as some of the ones you see on the show, but this is a great tutorial to use … Continue reading Make Your Very Own Quaint Farmhouse Table!
There are literally hundreds of ways to do lighting fixtures. Most people who are looking for that “unique” factor head for junkyards or cruise throw-aways looking for ideas. Recycling sturdy toss-outs, like a small crate box or old horse stable lantern, and outfitting it with bronze or metallic light fixtures can perk up a dark area with some style.
Leta Foster has spent the last 35 years designing interiors so well that her three daughters followed in her footsteps, becoming the "& Associates" in her firm. When this breakfast room project in an early-1900s Richmond home came to Leta, she tapped daughter Sallie Giordano to collaborate. Together, they decorated the space to fit a young family while honoring its original architect, William Bottomley.
The classy wooden dining table finds a good match with the leather and velvet upholstered dining chairs surrounding it; the Persian area rug, wrought iron candle holders and wooden side console all match the aesthetic of the room. The clay floor tiles, white fireplace and mantle, and exposed wooden beams of the ceiling really create a sophisticated and rich ambiance in this formal dining room.
3. Design is Emotional – Consider that the dining room will be the one room in the house you’ll probably be dealing with at least once a day, every day. For most of us, the dining room is also the room that starts your day, being the room that one eats breakfast in. As such, it is equally important with a formal dining space that how you feel within the space lifts you up and is an inviting and attractive place for you and your guests.
We were blessed in so many ways by this project. Thankfully the wall was not load bearing. Our contractor traded us his labor for the hot tub. We were able to safely remove the hot tub when there were many moments that we weren’t sure it would make it! Plus, we were able to track down 9 year old discontinued flooring. God was certainly at work through the whole process and we are so grateful!
There are also a number of health and wellness related benefits that accompany opening up a kitchen into a dining room. For example, open concept kitchens generally create more natural light in the home, which helps to improve mood and productivity. Plus, the lack of walls will help facilitate more social interaction between family members, which can lead to better communication and relationships in the home.
Cotton or linen fibers, brilliant sparkling glass, pewter highlights, and articulated wooden spindles give a well-appointed room a hint of authentic vintage-inspired flair. The proper balance, when mixed with cross back chairs and chairs covered in stitched tapestry designs, “clash” together in a harmonious mix that will make any throwback design an updated treasure.
DO direct traffic away from work areas. A common problem suffered by small kitchens is too many circulation routes, which, in turn, disrupts the primary activity areas, such as the sink, stovetop, and dishwasher. And with all that overly used space in the kitchen, the dining room suffers from lack of use. Combining the kitchen and the dining rooms into one spacious family room/kitchen is a much better choice for a formal lifestyle. Plus, by opening up the kitchen to the dining room, you can easily direct traffic away from high traffic areas in the kitchen, and maximize efficiency.
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