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The owners of this traditionally styled 1970s ranch home in Raleigh wanted to re-claim space from a three-room mother-in-law suite to create an open floor plan, complete with an upscale kitchen, eating area and large family room for entertaining.
To pave the way for a 21st century open-concept space, walls were removed, beams were added to support the roof, and two existing kitchen areas were reconfigured. Combining the original dining room, living room and foyer created a multipurpose great room with a 200-square-foot kitchen as its hub.
The owners asked for a space with colors drawn from a heirloom stained glass window with vibrant blues, reds and yellows that adorns an accent wall. A pair of rugs picked up the palette and defined dining and seating areas. The same colors were repeated in a small kitchen rug, as well as window treatments, upholstery and table accents throughout the space.
To provide a neutral backdrop for this jewel-toned palette, kitchen walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Restrained Gold (SW-6129); Wool Skein (SW-6248), a paler shade, was used in the adjacent family room. The accent wall was covered in Distance (SW-6243), a blueish gray.
We chose traditional, raised-panel cabinetry from Conestoga for the kitchen, with Cherry Driftwood stain on perimeter cabinets and a darker stain, Hard Maple Espresso, on the island. The cabinets feature soft-close drawers and doors and are equipped with pullout trays. A touch-activated faucet and matching water dispenser filter in oil-rubbed bronze were chosen to coordinate with the door and drawer hardware. With a recessed stainless steel sink, cleanup is a breeze.
To create a display area for the owners’ collection of original pottery and glass, we created a built-in hutch with mullioned glass doors and interior lighting on the upper cabinets. A decorative, beveled bump-out on the bottom cabinets added detail and interest. Sienna Bordeaux granite, a beige stone with dramatic veining, was chosen for countertops, and a neutral field tile, set on the diagonal, for the backsplash.
Pendants with red shades added a pop of color over the island; they also coordinated with the stained glass on the sink pendant and dining area chandelier.
With the renovation, the home no longer had a formal dining room, making it important to create seating areas for large gatherings. We accomplished this with two full-size sofas, a recliner and an upholstered chair in the living space; three bar stools at the island; and a table with extension leaf. The space can comfortably seat 20, with floor space to spare for active grandchildren.
The remodel allowed the owners to stay in a neighborhood they love while adding modern-day functionality for easy living.
Repetition and detail are keys to successful design. In this room, we repeated the color of the glass accent tiles in the neutral backsplash and in the stained glass pendant lights over the sink and the dining table. The glass colors are also repeated in the hutch. Notice, too, that by positioning electrical outlets and switches horizontally across the bottom of the backsplash, the beautiful pattern is uninterrupted.