There’s No Place Like Home…arama: The Great Room, Kitchen & Breakfast Area

This home is the epitome of an open floor plan.  The Great Room, Kitchen and Breakfast Area are all part of one large living area. There is an open staircase to the Basement Level on one end of the long, narrow Great Room. The other end has a two-way fireplace flanked with windows on the other. The dark hammered maple plank flooring grounds the 12′ coffered ceiling.

Furniture Placement

Furniture placement for this space was tricky because the 9′ Kitchen island served as one “wall” in the space. Although the homeowners wanted a television in the space, the primary function of the room was to be a gathering space.

We selected a long tailored sofa to be placed opposite the fireplace. We did not have clearance for end tables, so instead we used a sofa table and placed two lamps on it. A large square ottoman was placed in front of the sofa to be used to set drinks or prop your feet.

Two stylish club chairs with wood frames flanked the fireplace. The large paisley print fabric in its varying shades of blue, brown and ivory was the jumping off point for the entire first floor color scheme.

The only wall on which to place the television was on the wall as you enter the space. I never like to walk into the side of a cabinet so we found a great versatile piece.  The piece had a beautiful cabinet underneath for storage and gorgeous iron shelving on top to house television and display items.


The custom Kitchen had two tone cabinetry finished with beautiful granite countertops.  A limestone backsplash was laid in a herringbone pattern. The custom cabinets had lots of detail as well as functionality. Stainless steel appliances completed the space.

Breakfast Area

The Breakfast Area is a perfect square so it called for a round table. The homeowners wanted an intimate dining area for this family of four, but wanted to be able to include grandparents when they visited.

We added a narrow console in an electric blue color.  Two large upholstered cubes sit underneath to be used as extra seating.

These spaces worked so well together and truly invite family and guests alike to gather together. Enjoy!

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