When the kitchen was renovated, the adjacent eating area was also considered and needed to work with the changes. The space needed an update of lighting, rug, and new seating for the existing table. Most importantly a bar/service area was desired that could either be a furniture piece or perhaps built-in cabinetry. Stained cabinetry was desired to work with the visible and open family room redone a few years ago. It was hoped a refresh of the window treatments could also be done. The slight challenge was if built-ins were done, they work seamlessly with the kitchen and not be too “cabinet heavy”—combined yet separate areas. Since the kitchen expense was significant, a “smallish” budget was required.
Built-in cabinetry for the beverage area was the best option, albeit in a different finish from the kitchen perimeter. The espresso stain of the kitchen island was used to unite the two rooms, but still has it’s own personality. Wine and liquor storage were requested, along for a surface to fit an espresso machine. The client wished for glass front cabinets, but opaque not clear. The space for the rug was tricky with the cabinet footprint, vents, and door openings. But the right rug was found to technically work and be aesthetically pleasing. The client’s existing round table was fine, especially to save on the budget as the kitchen makeover was ample. New upholstered chairs were added for the couple alone as this area was more of an empty nester seating area with just a little room for overflow if needed. Linen and embroidery drapery panels and door valances add style and elegance to the space with charcoal background and caramel and flax colored stitching. Polished black nickel drapery hardware was a “design reach” out for the client. The cherry on top is the stunning, large scale, open lantern/candelabra chandelier in polished nickel, complimenting the nearby kitchen island pendants.